1. What is Taskstream?
Taskstream is a web-based electronic portfolio, assessment management and standards-based instruction tool. It allows students to upload assignments from courses in their program of study to showcase work and demonstrate learning achievements and competencies in content knowledge, skills, and dispositions. It also allows faculty to evaluate students’ assignment and to review their program for continuous improvement.
2. Why do I have to have a Taskstream account?
In order to become endorsed for educator (teaching and school administrator) licensure by Bridgewater State University through the Massachusetts department of elementary and secondary education, you are required to create a Preservice Performance Assessment document. An electronic portfolio system makes this task much simpler. The College of Education and Allied Studies has decided that Taskstream is the system that will be used for this purpose. Taskstream is also used by the College of Education and Allied Studies and others involved in the BSU Teacher Education program to provide information to our state and national accrediting bodies.
3. When and where can I purchase Taskstream? How much does it cost?
You should purchase your Taskstream account upon your instructor’s request. Please purchase your account as early as possible to have more time to check your information in Taskstream. You can purchase Taskstream directly online at Taskstream Website. You can purchase varying lengths of Taskstream subscriptions, from one semester to six years.
4. Will my BSU username and password work automatically with
No. Your Taskstream account is distinct and separate and is not affiliated or connected to any accounts at Bridgewater State University. Please change your password often to ensure the safety of your account.
5. How is Taskstream different from Blackboard?
Blackboard is specifically designed to deliver and manage assignments and materials for a specific course. Taskstream is used to assist you in the collection, organization, evaluation, and dissemination of assignments that are associated with professional competencies and standards throughout your teacher education program.
6. How do I self enroll in a program in Taskstream?
The steps of how to self enroll in a program are listed as below:
1. Log into your Taskstream account;
2. From the home page or the “My Programs” page, click the Self-Enroll button;
3. Enter the program code. (Please contact your course instructor for your specific program code). After you type in your code in the box provided, click “Enroll” to complete the enrollment process.
7. If I have transferred from another University that uses
Taskstream, can I use that account?
Yes. You can transfer between organizations within Taskstream by talking to a Taskstream representative at 1-800-311-5656.
8. How can I upload my assignments? What can I upload to my Taskstream
Generally, you are able to upload word document files, image files, audio files, video files, and Web page files that are associated with your teacher education program. Remember that basic subscriptions come with 500 MB of storage so use this space judiciously. You may also use the folio and web page link to create a separate storage space. For directions go to Uploading Evidence to your Portfolio
9. How do I know how much space I have left in my Taskstream account?
In order to find how much storage space you have remaining in your Taskstream account, you use your “Resource Manager.” Click on the link titled “Resource Manager” on the left side of the screen. Once inside, click on the tab labeled “Manage Online Storage.” On that screen it will tell you exactly how much space you are using and how. It will also give you the opportunity to purchase additional storage space should the need arise.
10. Can I access my Taskstream files once I leave BSU?
Yes. You can continue to purchase or renew your Taskstream subscription. As long as you continue to renew your account, it is completely yours with full access to all of the features and tools. Your other option is to use the “Pack It Up” feature within Taskstream. This tool is inside the “Resource Manager” section of Taskstream. Should you need to access to your documents in the future continue to renew your account, or use the “pack it up” feature. Otherwise, you will not get your documents once your account has expired.