Tech for Learning Delivery: digital portfolio
Developing the Technology for Learning Delivery over the last six months I have swung from very excited to a bit of a nervous wreck. With one week until the Christmas Holiday the course is 95% there. Course Program: done. Scheme of Work: almost done. Students recruited: done. Course Handbook: almost done. Assessment activity: done.VLE page: under construction.
Big task to do: digital portfolio.
The course is assessed through evidence from naturally occurring workplace activities (so in this case that will be lesson plans/rationales, materials, reflections) which is presented through a digital portfolio.
Up to this point I was reluctant to really nail down what this digital portfolio could look like. I was conscious that tutors on the course would come with differing ICT skills and confidence and initially I had the idea that we would research various option available and as a group choose. Things I had considered were: Diigo, Evernote, Dropbox, Moodle, a blog. I knew the disadvantage of this would be that I would potentially have different portfolios to get my head around and assess, but felt at the time that the advantage of having a student-led approach and letting them decide based on their own needs outweighed this.
I’m now realising that this isn’t realistic. As the SOW has been developed it became clear that there wouldn’t be time to undertake this activity, nor was there any real benefit in this. The differing ICT skills of the tutor/students also makes this less realistic as some people will need more support than others, and I’m clearer now that the portfolio will serve two purposes, firstly as a process – a collection of artifacts, reflections and conversations and secondly as a product – demonstrating the assessment criteria to pass the course.
Therefore, the technology can’t ‘get in the way’ of this process and needs to be as accessible as possible. Therefore, I will now present to the group how everyone will complete their digital portfolio, but give the option that if someone wants to do it in a different way they need to present a rationale for this reason.
Investigations so far:
I really liked the idea of using this service. There is a direct reference to education, it has a very good reputation and started my research confident that this was going to be ‘the one’
This was dismissed quite quickly. I hadn’t realised that edublog was powered by WordPress (although intially this added to the advantages) but I feel that the layout of the dashboard would be prohibative to some of the tutor/students on the course. Whatever is chosen it needs to be really simple to complete. However, the main disadvantage was that media can only be embedded in the Pro version. Edublog was out.
Weebly was a also a strong contender. Again the education aspect was appealing, it is easy to use and the mixture of a website and blog gives some flexibility for tutor/students to personalise their portfolio. I even got so far as reviewing the T&Cs and thinking how to incorporate this task into the course, when it became apparent that again to be able to embed multimedia you needed a premium account. Weeby was out.
I hadn’t heard of this Google service, but did a short investigation after looking through this site. There is a HUGE amount of resources linked from here, and I have to admit to getting a little ‘lost’ at times (for example I now can’t find the link to the review of Googlesites as I was on another PC so can’t check the history) I had a quick look at this but felt that I should also be staying within my comfort zone and not asking the tutor/student to be using a tech that was new to me too.
I am a posterous girl at heart and so was very pleased when I found a post on Tumbl vrs Work Press vs Posterous. It reminded me of the things I love about posterous and why I am going to choose it for the digital portfolio.
- very easy to set up
- I am very familiar with Posterous and will be able to offer technical support when needed
- it is very simple to embed a variety of media, including Word & PP docs, audio, video
- the blog can be used as a reflective journal (process)
- Pages can be created to reflect each assessment task (product)
Next job: consider how to present this to the new group.