Where will I create my eportfolio?

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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.

Just a small question or two

Would you agree with me? The members of the ePcop MOOC are thinkers who have a vision. That vision creates a need to learn. Through their enthusiasm to participate and collaborate within the MOOC they are helping each other to reach their vision and their learning goals. My learning goal this week is to find out as much as I can about setting up my eportfolio using a Google site and Google apps.

Mapping the what, the why, the where

I am ready to claim my second badge now that I have selected a resource to share. I shared with the facebook group the tip on writing effective blogs.
Here I’ll share here also for those you have not seen it. This is such and important thing to hone and get better at because as one of the other MOOC members said “The blog is the soul”- it is our avenue to express thoughts and ideas and to participate in feedback.
I am having trouble uploading the badge. I saved it to my pics file and then tried to insert it as a pic- the message I got was “Missing a temporary folder” Has anyone got any ideas about what’s happening?

I have started a mindmap. Double click on the circles to expand it out. I have only done the “why” the “what” and now the “where” so far. What do you think?- comments most welcome.This spicynodes mindmap takes a little while to load in so please be patient.

Driving it forward

So this is the “why” of my eportfolio. I want to create it to use as a workspace to aggregate the evidence of my learning, skills and experiences. I want to use that workspace to pull my PLN together, interact and reflect. I also want to be able to creatively manipulate it and use it as a flexible presentation tool.

The spokes in the wheels are the valued people in my professional learning network. The headlights are the mentors who guide me. The flexible steering is the ability I have to be creative. The web2.0 applications that I can use to create and display make it noisy and flashy. It’s re(a)d because I hope the written words are not neglected; that I will use them to reflect and particpate in feedback opportunities – to see and understand the journey so far and to plan and document my journey forward.
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Week 1 – My understanding of ePortfolios

badge1wordcloud080811This week I have learnt that there is so much to read about eportfolios to gain a thorough understanding of what they are. Having said that they can be what you want them to be – it’s your own story to create and curate. You decide what the purpose is and you decide how to present it and who to present it for.

I read a lot of Helen Barrett’s thoughts this week. The understanding that I gleaned in week 1 was that eportfolios are not just a collection of digital artefacts.
An eportfolio is two things.

They are firstly a process or workspace where you ( by using various digital and online applications) gather, organize and present your evidence, tell your story, document your history, state your attributes and reflect (and accept feedback) on your life’s, working or learning journey and contemplate and plan your future goals.

Secondly, they are a showcase or a product of the effort and thought you put into the process of developing it. They are a vehicle whereby you have the ability, using the stored collection, to identify and promote yourself, your skills, your values, your story.

Put more simply, they are a workspace for storing and organising your narrative and a vehicle for showcasing yourself to an audience.

I am claiming my first badge.

Should Google be my ePortfolio means of creation?

Now I use gmail alot (except at the moment because I have for the first time ever been temporarily locked out with an error 500 message), I have an iGoogle page as a result of my participation in the Reflect and Connect course I did in early 2011, I have connected my Google calendar with my Outlook calendar, I have created a Blogger blog as a vehicle for my lunch time learning presentations on using Web2.0 tools, I have created a Google site (only 1 page so far) to document my trip last year to France and I Google everything (not giving other search engines a thought) so it is obvious to me that I should consider creating an ePortfolio using Google. I want a smartphone and have been tempted by the iphone but because it cannot handle flash I am now leaning toward a Samsung Galaxy S or a HTC smartphone so Google again. My theory is that if I Google my life I will have less incompatability issues. Would anyone disagree?
Today I have been ratting around in the MOOC and especially Helen Barrett’s ePortfolio and the links contained therein. I came across the following Slideshare that I think is worth sharing with my readers.

Helen Barrett is an ePortfolio Guru. The world needs more people with passion for a topic like her who are willing to share their knowledge. From one of Helen’s links I also came across a blog post by Karen Barnstable listing some of the benefits of ePortfolios.

Making it visual

This morning I could not access my gmail account so I got into the MOOC and started to have a look at some ePortfilios in the gallery. Some people certainly spend considerable time creating the ePortfolios and ensuring that they maintain a degree of currency. An ePortfolio should be a living thing. This can be achieved via linking your blog to it and updatig skills and experience documentation evidence as it is aquired. That is the advantage of it being a “e” portfolio – it is dynamic.
Then I popped off to Twitter to check my tweets and send a tweet about my frustration at not being able to get into my gmail account. Thanks to Penny who acknowledged my cyberspace presence. While following links in Twitter I came across a comic creating tool and decided to have a play. I was really please with the results and it was very easy to use. Maybe I should have created it a week or two ago. See my results below.

How else could I use this tool?………. Any suggestions?