Education 3.0 is the confluence of known, effective throughputs in teaching and learning due to changed inputs and desired changes to output across higher education. From increasingly diverse student populations to the need for critical thinking by all, education has fundamentally changed. Practitioners must leverage technologies to scale learning and meet demands by families for more flexible, lifelong learning options. Gone are the days when student bodies had more on-campus, residential, homogeneity, as well as small cohorts from selective admissions. Such changes now require architects of learning to consider the efficacy of various teaching and assessment methods in promoting actual learning versus short-term memorization, as well as how to use technology to do all of this at scale. From neuroscience to learning psychology to education technology, there is an impressive body of research around authentic learning, yet most faculty are largely unaware of this scholarship, seeing instruction dominated by tradition rather than effectiveness.
Contextualizing course materials is a fundamental step in integrating inclusive and appropriate methods of assessment into a post-secondary introductory-level Spanish as a Heritage Language course. The author discusses why a portfolio project is an appropriate assessment choice in the heritage language classroom. While the focus of the chapter is the implementation of contextualized input through a portfolio project, other methods of assessments, along with changes to syllabi, are discussed. The chapter outlines a contextualized assessment implementation in the form of a portfolio project in a post-secondary heritage language course.