Thanks to Penny for the directions on inserting this logo. I have not managed to get it into the widget bar yet but will try again later.
Where will I create my eportfolio?
I made the decision very early on that my eportfolio was going to be cloud based. I have previously created an eportfolio within Mahara. Although I found it easy enough to populate with my evidence and create views and link my blog into it I want to be in total control of it myself. I created it as a requirement of the (Reflect and Connect) course and I used nearly all the allowable space. At the learning centre that I am associated with we have Mahara as part of our LMS platform and so I will continue to be familiar with it, I suppose.
I want to have total control on the access to my new and broader eportfolio and I want more space and that is why I am going to try a Google Sites eportfolio. The Digication option for Google apps for Education seems interesting for an educational institution to use but that is another story I think. I am going to use Google Sites. I have spent quite some considerable time absorbing Helen Barrett’s guides and now I am ready to get start the design mapping. Penny is going to make her blog the process centre or hub. Should I have a learning blog just for the eportfolio? How do I keep my personal and professional life separate? Does it matter that much as long as I am conscious of my potential audiences? So many things to think about, I think I will keep my private life separate from my professional and educational life.
How do I control access to my blog? In my Edublogs blog one option to restrict who sees what is to password protect certain posts. By doing this only a user who has the password you have allocated can view a protected post. I must endeavour to trial this option.
Not everyone has a computer at home or wants to be directed to a web address. Can I use an app like Joliprint in Google docs , Blogger or sites to enable the printing in A4 of my google site pages or my blog posts? If so, then perhaps what you are presenting online may be able to be available in printed form also. This may also be a good idea if you had to present yourself in the printed form for a job interview for example.
Can I links some view from my Mahara eportfolio to be accessible from my Google site, or should I or need to? I would have to do this from the Mahara platform. This option could be OK in the short term but no good in the long term unless I pay an annual subscription for my Mahra eportfolio to be hosted.
Do I need a wiki to store my artefacts? Can I link from one Google site to another? While flitting in the Helen Barrett resources in the Learnspace I read last night that the Google sites capacity is about 100mb but you get copious extra space for each Google app that you link to it. If that is the case, if I “Go Google” storage capacity concerns would be alleviated. I think that by being all or mostly Google I will have less compatibility issues but I keep thinking about what my Grandmother used to say “Don’t put all your eggs in the one basket”. So bearing that in mind I must remember to back my site up, if I can.
I have update my Spicynodes mindmap and that can be viewed on my August 20th blog post.