e-Portfolio Plan: Defining Goals and Context

Vision

to create a dynamic, open, social, reflective, life-long and life wide e-portfolio

Purpose

  • Learning/process/planning (reflection)
  • Marketing/showcasing (presentation)
  • Assessment/accountability (assessment)

Aims

  • To create a personal learning environment which includes formal and informal learning and offers the flexibility to be used in a variety of contexts (known and unknown)
  • To create a social environment which facilitates collaborative learning and networking
  • To investigate the use of Web 2.0 tools in creating an e-portfolio
  • To showcase my skills and experience in a multimedia-rich environment to potential employers (known and unknown)
  • To demonstrate multi-media literacy for assessment purposes
  • Integrate with current ICT policy

Objectives

To create a personal learning environment which includes formal and informal learning and offers the flexibility to be used in a variety of contexts (known and unknown)

  • Create digital storage for archiving with the potential to hide and secure elements
  • Evaluate personal learning needs and create a career development plan
  • Create space to feed a blog (ability to change) directly into e-portfolio main page to enable most up-to-date learning journey to be showcased (if desired)
  • (Reflect on creating an e-portfolio as it progresses)
  • Utilise tools which facilitate reflection and planning (blogs?)
  • Create in an environment which is flexible enough to allow for unforeseen future changes (layout is easy to change, content is transportable)

To create a social environment which facilitates collaborative learning and networking

  • Leave comments to facilitate discussion on my e-portfolio and my colleagues
  • Leave comments to facilitate discussion on other blogs and e-portfolios relating to my field of interest
  • Link to other blogs and e-portfolios (tracked therefore drives traffic)
  • Link to my e-portfolio from other sites (website, Facebook, Twitter, Google Wave, LinkedIn) to encourage like-minded people to explore and comment
  • Include contact details
  • Feed twitter account into main page
  • Allow as much access as possible whilst protecting privacy and against identity theft
  • Include digital story-telling elements to ‘bring the words to life’
  • Include sharing buttons, RSS feed and links to my social (professional-bias) networks (LinkedIn, Twitter)
  • Include personal elements to create a ‘real’, rounded persona to make it easier for people to connect with me

To investigate the use of Web 2.0 tools in creating an e-portfolio

  • Compile e-portfolio using free, online resources
  • Upload, embed or link to existing resources in original format
  • Merge e-portfolio into existing digital identity
  • Compare and discuss with colleagues e-portfolio process in order to gain insight into advantages and disadvantages compared to specific software
  • Investigate export options (e.g.to  Europass, Blogger)
  • Investigate Web 2.0 social tools (e.g. LinkedBlogs on facebook)
  • Utilise WordPress widgets where appropriate

To showcase my skills and experience in a multimedia-rich environment to potential employers (known and unknown)

  • Ensure skills and experience match a variety job descriptions
  • Demonstrate multimedia skills
  • Outline specific software experience, demonstrate or provide evidence when possible
  • Focus on practical application of learning in context of MSc – what can I actually do?
  • Focus on transferrable skills from previous experience: teaching, training, management

To demonstrate multi-media literacy for assessment purposes

  • Show in a variety of ways, awareness of the application of multimedia literacy to the teaching/learning context
  • Demonstrate throughout the whole resource, a high level of understanding of the effective integration of a range of multimedia applications
  • Develop a resource which is clearly structured, easily navigable and provides the user with a range of educationally effective activities.

Integrate with current ICT policies

  • Public Sector ICT Strategy (Scotland)
  • ICT in Learning and Teaching (Scotland)
  • UK eStrategy
  • EU i2010

End-users

  • Learner (me)
  • Colleagues
  • Prospective employers
  • Assessors
  • Potentially: award granting agency
  • Potentially: friends and family
  • Potentially: Like-minded people (growing network)

Outline

This concept behind this e-portfolio is to be an authentic digital representation of myself (passionate about Web 2.0?) to enable employers, assessors, colleagues and like-minded people to connect with me on some level.

I have created a four column ‘blog’ in WordPress. The first column is for my reflections on the development of my e-portfolio. The second column consists of all my resources collated and organised in a C.V. type format – most are public, some are password protected and it’s possible to have hidden pages just for me. This column will include a planning element for my career based on a SWOT analysis or perhaps online assessment tools combined with my personal reflection. It will also include personal interests which has multiple purposes: it gives a more authentic representation of myself which encourages people to connect; it allows me to include a deeper level of personalisation; and it relates personal learning to professional (e.g. photography).

The third column currently has my other blog of e-learning resources and my latest tweets fed into it but can be easily changed to something more relevant to my current position whatever that may be. The fourth column is for links to easily access resources I have created as well as other links of interest. Right now they relate to e-portfolios but I foresee this as a bookmarking tool for whatever particular learning journey I happen to be on.

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