Level 1 – What?
On Tuesday I accessed the level 1 quests and found I’d already done quite a few of them :). I discovered the resource kit on the site but that was, of necessity, consigned to the Wednesday. My major focus was continuing to find my way around the learnspace. I managed a brief glance at one of the staff egs from HK City U and, being a novice to the world of ePortfolios, was intrigued immediately by the structure; in this case profile, summary, showcase, qualifications. As I investigate further perhaps they will not all follow that structure. I also really like this graphic:
Wednesday saw some early morning reading of resource material; the NZ experience, the recruitment article (too dense for me at the moment), Dean Fisher’s (HK) ePortfolio in which I was especially interested in his comment about conceptual elements of ePortfolios. This lead me to find an article called ‘Conflicting Paradigms in Electronic Portfolio Approaches’ by Helen Barrett. It defined the difference between positivist vs constructivist portfolios. It was interesting but I’m not sure what to do with the information at this stage. I added her blog to my RSS. I also discovered The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-based Learning through the article ‘Review of Portfolios in Higher Education’.
The light-bulb moment of the week was that I decided to start own career journey blog – BIG decision – as my career ideas and resources are changing and developing at light speed at the moment and I often wish I could remember the sequences of things or where I saw pieces of information first. I do already reflect quite a lot, mostly while running as it gives me the mental space to do so, but it would be great to be able to look back over it all. The blog may form part of my ePortfolio in the future but will be of benefit regardless, providing I can find time to keep it up.
On Friday I became interested in fellow MOOCers (if that’s a word) and looked through a few of the profiles and found a couple of people in areas I’m interested in. I feel a bit of a leech as I’m sucking information from people (some of the blogs and forum posts make me realise that others are thinking more deeply than I am) and sites without contributing but hopefully in the future I’ll be able to redress the balance. I also discovered the Challenge Gallery and plan to try Wikispaces, LiveBinder and Prezi as my first new Web 2.0 tools.
I haven’t quite achieved all the quests – the mapping of my pathway seems challenging at the moment but perhaps it will come to me later. As I read this I realise quite a lot of my time has not been focused on the learning material but I needed to do the other things to get orientated. I hope to participate in the Webinar on Tuesday and am looking forward to hearing and reading other experiences.
At the end of Level 1 my understanding of ePortfolios is that they are in some ways like a combination of a super CV where potential employers can see in a very powerful way your achievements and your ideas for the future and a personal log of achievements that have been important to you and how you felt about them at the time and on reflection. If I apply Bloom’s taxonomy to my thoughts about ePortfolios (the influence of my concurrent TAE showing through!) I’m about level 2 so a long way to go yet.
PS. About an hour after I completed this post I read this quote from Ray Tolley, which sums up well what I haven’t completely grasped about ePortfolios:
‘An ePortfolio is just not a glorified CV or Showcasing tool – although these are very valuable aspects of an ePortfolio. Perhaps, in one phrase, I would sum up a true ePortfolio as ‘a place of conversation’ ‘