Sneha Tharayil, University of Texas at Austin posted a question on "Ask a Question"

PostedMonday, April 20, 2015 at 12:47 PM

With PTLW's Innovation Portal, can engineers provide feedback to student projects?
I know this is a fantastic portal where students can receive feedback on their design projects from a global community of STEM educators. However, it would also be really great for students if they could get input from those working in industry, and I was wondering if the Innovation Portal allows for that, and if so, how do they vet the "expertise" level of those providing such feedback? I LOVE the idea of the Innovation Portal though, and plan on exploring it more. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Mark Schroll , Project Lead The Way
    Posted Monday, January 4, 2016 at 3:34 PM
    Hi Sneha.  Students can indeed receive feedback on their work right through the Innovation Portal.  This kind of connection and feedback is done through the portal every day.  The one catch is that you would have to be invited by  the student to connect to a given portfolio in order to do so. A mentor creates their own free  Innovation Portal account and then there is an invitation function for the students to invite that mentor via the email address connected with the account.  Once the mentor accepts, the accounts are connected around that portfolio and  they are able to view and comment on the work. Teachers are connected  to the student works  in the same manner and it is common for students to receive feedback on a regular basis from the subject matter experts , instructors and mentors that they have invited to connect to their work.  On this "GET CONNECTED" page of the Innovation Portal ( https://www.innovationportal.org/page/connected )  there is a PDF document describing this process that you can download and review.  Hope this was helpful... Mark  
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  • Greg Pearson , National Academy of Engineering
    Posted Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 2:55 PM
    Sneha: I believe that the PLTW Innovation Portal can be configured in a variety of ways to serve the needs of individual users. For example, it is being used in a number of states to judge student work in STEM competitions, which suggests that "judge" can evaluate what is posted. And, of course, teachers can view what's posted as well. So I would be surprised if working engineers could not also do so. I don't know specifically if PLTW employs engineers in the evaluation of student work. My hunch is that it is mostly PLTW teachers who are evaluating the student portfolios. If you want more information, please feel free to email me directly, and I can put you in touch with the person at PLTW who is in charge of the portal. Greg
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