The UNCP Teacher Education Program uses Taskstream, a commercial electronic portfolio service, to collect work created over the course of your program of study. Taskstream is used to collect specific artifacts students create in their classes, field placements, and student teaching or internship placements. These artifacts are required by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and are used as evidence to show that you are qualified to receive licensure to teach in North Carolina. These artifacts will be used to create electronic files that are submitted to both state and national accreditation agencies to show that graduates from the UNCP Teacher Education Program are proficient in all areas required for teacher licensure.
To purchase Taskstream through the Taskstream website:
Go to: https://www1.taskstream.com/
Click on create or renew account located at the top of the webpage.
Click on the correct button to create or renew your account.
Then follow the instructions where you choose your purchase option, either purchasing with a credit card or by using a key code purchased in the UNCP bookstore. The advantage of using a key code from the bookstore is that financial aid will cover this cost just like the purchase of a textbook.
When choosing the credit card option, click on the button beside the area that says you will be using Taskstream for a College/University program and click continue.
The next screen will ask you a series of questions where you identify UNC-Pembroke as your institution.
On the next screen, you can choose the amount of time you would like to purchase Taskstream for. These prices may change based fluctuations at Taskstream.
1 Semester - 5 Months ($25)
1 yr. account ($42)
2 yr. account ($69)
3 yr. account ($91)
4 yr. account ($105)
5 yr. account ($119)
6 yr. account ($129)
Notice you will be given both a starting date and an ending date for your purchase. If your ending date is sometime in March or April and you plan to graduate in May, you may have to purchase one additional semester so that you can complete any requirements due in late April or early May. The same would be true if you plan to graduate in December. If your ending date is in October or November, you may need to purchase one additional semester to last through the end of any requirements in December. Try and estimate the best amount of time you need Taskstream for to complete your plan of study, including your internship or student teaching semester, generally we expect students may need a 2 year account if they are a traditional undergraduate student. Time periods may vary for students in other situations such as transfer or graduate students.
Subsequent screens will take you through the procedures for entering your credit card information and checking out. You will have to enter your personal information to complete the registration process.
A major advantage of purchasing Taskstream through the bookstore is that you can use your financial aid funds to make the purchase.
If you choose to purchase Taskstream through the bookstore by purchasing a key code, here are your options:
1 yr. account ($56) 2 semesters
2 yr. account ($92) 4 semesters
The bookstore is investigating the purchase of Taskstream licenses for different time periods than the ones listed here, so ask if any other accounts are available as well. Again, these prices may fluctuate based on bookstore requirements.
When purchasing Taskstream at the bookstore, please ask for it at the front register.
After you enter the key code, you will go through a similar set of screens to choose your school and complete the registration process.
If you already have a Taskstream account but your time has run out, your account will be considered inactive by Taskstream. UNCP faculty will still be able to view your work even if your account is inactive. You do not have to renew your account once it has become inactive if you have completed all Taskstream requirements for all your classes and for licensure purposes. If you have NOT completed all requirements, you will have to renew your account!
A drf in Taskstream is a Directed Response Folio, and this is Taskstream language that means, ‘Here is the folder where I place my work.” Each licensure area at UNCP has its own Taskstream drf. For special tasks, like the internship or student teaching semester, there are additional drf’s students must enroll in.
Each program that uses Taskstream has an enrollment code. After you purchase your Taskstream account, you will be able to enroll yourself into the correct drf. When you log into your Taskstream account, you will see an area where you can enter the correct enrollment code for your particular programs. Please enroll in all required drfs for your program. You will get this information from the program coordinator in your licensure area.
At the beginning of your program of study, you will probably only need to be enrolled in one drf, your program’s ePortfolio (used to collect evidence for licensure over the course of your program of study).
Later in your plan of study, you will be instructed to enroll in additional drfs. These include the Student Teaching drf (where midpoint and final student teaching evaluations are located), the Seminar drf (where seminar evaluations are located) and the TCWS drf (where you will post all portions of the Teacher Candidate Work Sample you create during student teaching.) Do not enroll in these drfs until instructed to by your program coordinator or by Mrs. K.
You may also be instructed to enroll in other drfs over the semesters you are enrolled in the UNCP Teacher Education Program.
Once you have purchased your Taskstream membership, there is no additional purchase required for enrolling in drfs. All codes will be given to you when you are required to enroll in specific drfs.
It is imperative that you understand the importance of completing all requirements posted in Taskstream for all drfs you enroll in. You cannot be recommended for licensure until all these requirements have been met. Occasionally, you may find that you have submitted your work, but your professor may not have graded the work in Taskstream before the end of the semester. Please maintain an open line of communication with your professors to remind them of your submitted work so it can be graded. We cannot process your application for licensure until all Taskstream work is both submitted and graded.
Embedded in the instructions for all assignments in Taskstream, you should find the name of the person you should submit the assignment to. For example, assignments for your program area ePortfolio will probably be submitted to your program coordinator or to a course instructor. Assignments for your TCWS could be submitted to your university supervisor or your program coordinator. It is your responsibility to find out. Assignments from the Seminar drf will be submitted to Nicky Bullard. Please follow instructions carefully regarding submissions. This will prevent many problems with Taskstream.
If there are questions or you find that Taskstream is not behaving as it should, please contact Mrs. Mary Klinikowski (521-6417) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her office is room 112 in the Education Center.
Please refer to the specific drf you are having trouble with and your full name and licensure area when you contact Mrs. K. Explain as much about the problem as possible. Mrs. K can help with making sure students and faculty are enrolled in the correct drfs and checking to see if work is visible, submitted properly, and evaluated properly. If errors are made in submitting documents or evaluating work, Mrs. K can cancel the submissions and evaluations and return work to the student or faculty member. However, due to the sheer number of drfs and students, Mrs. K cannot help you unless you provide your full name, licensure area and drf title.
If you are unsure exactly which drfs you should be enrolled in, then please contact your program area coordinator or your advisor. Mrs. K won’t have that information. All program coordinators have a list of enrollment codes.
For help directly from Taskstream, use the help button located in the top right hand portion of the Taskstream webpage or call 1-800-311-5656 or email email@example.com.
When you call Taskstream directly, they will ask for your user name and an explanation of the problem so they can take a look and help you solve your problem. They will not be looking at your work or evaluations within the drfs, only at possible software issues. In the past, students and faculty have called Taskstream when there were problems that included work that disappeared or problems with the submission and evaluation procedures when Taskstream functions are not behaving as they should be. Sometimes students submit work into the wrong drf and Taskstream can help the student move work to the correct drf.