I am maintaining this page to illustrate how one might maintain an e-portfolio outside the confines of imposed structure and a “learning” “management” “system”.
Why all the quotation marks? LMS pretend to be about learning; they are designed at best for teaching and at worst for controlling content. Just because you claim to be teaching does not mean your audience is learning. LMS are not about active and meaningful learning, e.g., collaborating, creating and critiquing.
I also believe that portfolios should be as loosely structured as possible or not at all. External structure does not encourage ownership of the portfolio. I think that the best portfolios stem from buy-in and intrinsic motivation.
My first official portfolio was the one I had to create near the end of my Ph.D. programme in 2006. It was something portfolio experts might label a showcase and assessment portfolio.
But on reflection, I realize that I have been maintaining a portfolio for much of my working life. I have maintained my own Web site since 1995 and have now expanded my digital shadow to include artefacts at this blog (I have three others), delicious, Facebook, Flicker, Picasa, Posterous, Prezi, Slideshare, Twitter, VoiceThread and YouTube… to name a few! I maintain several wikis, the two I am most proud of are my ICT and EdPsych II wikis.
Collectively, they are what Steve Wheeler might call the PWT with which I create a PLE in order to learn from my PLN. Collectively, they are my developmental portfolio.
— To be added —
[Placeholder for teaching component: trainee feedback on teaching, presentation files, videos of ICT and EP2 classes, learning plans, sample artefacts, reflections] [GESL wiki, practicum wiki]
- A peek at what my classes look like
- ICT course wiki
- EP2 course Google Site (archived as wiki)
- MID822 Google Site (archived as wiki)
- Public Edmodo pages for
MID822,MLS118 (previous course code) MLS125 (current) and DED107
- Some presentations in SlideShare and Prezi
- My TED talk: Video, SlideShare, reflection
- Example Voicethread
- Feedback and comments on teaching (to be added)
Click on this link to learn more.
[Placeholder for service components, e.g., MxL work, PD coordinator, Bhutan workshops, etc.]
The service that I learnt the most from and am proudest of was doing volunteer work in Paro, Bhutan.
My reflections around and about that experience.