This article deals with how to use Progress measure as a tool to follow students' development and create reasonable goals, in education.


What is a Progress Measure

Students at university level have many different requirements who want students to deliver different types of assignments in a variety of ways. 

In the Ortrac platform, there are a number of tools to collect this information in logical containers and set up both quantitative goals and qualitative goals in what is called Dipstick in Swedish.

Consist of

It is a gauge for collected results from different containers. The dipstick can collect a number of results in a part of a student's portfolio and name these, create a number of results that must exist and what level / grade these must have in order for the dipstick to be approved.


Some examples of areas of use are, for example, that for students at work on a course:

  • Getting started forms: works like a simple measuring stick that only checks if the student has actually started using their forms, i.e. no requirements at a certain level.
  • Mid-term reconciliation: Here you can set up a number of forms, which concern the subject being studied and the different levels of knowledge the course requires. These dipsticks can be used for development talks between teacher and student.

    Grade/Final portfolio: This measuring stick can contain the assignments that a student must have done before the course is completed, in addition to examination.

More specific use is, for example, to apply dipsticks to a practical examination, an OSCE. In this case, it can be used in the following ways:

  • Have a station started: works like a simple measuring stick that only checks if an examiner has started filling out assessment forms (no requirements at a certain level.)
  • Are all stations filled in with all results: Here the amount of submitted results for a student is checked, so that no one is missing (no requirements at a certain level but can also be used for borderline results and linking measurements) 
  • Too many results: This dipstick checks that a student has not received too many evaluations, i.e. the maximum number is counted and if it is too high, the dipstick notes this.