The value of assessment, in particular where feedback is provided, is far superior to the marks that are associated with the assessment. Assessment can be what we refer to as ‘low stakes assessment’, this means there are not a lot of marks associated with it and its main purpose is to help you self-assess, identify your learning needs and guide your learning. Assessment can also be ‘high stakes’, that is, when there are a substantial number of marks associated with the assignment. Often ePortfolio reflections are marked on a pass/fail or achieved/not achieved basis. In this situation, once you follow the guidelines and complete the tasks to a certain standard you obtain a pass/achieved judgement.
The course description should indicate what portion of the assessment is graded and the contribution to your final marks, or if instead it is entirely graded on a pass/fail or achieved/not achieved basis.