TESOL pp107 Multiliteracies
for Social Networking and Collaborative Learning Environments
Sample e-Portfolio for Vance Stevens
The reasons for this e-portfolio are three-fold. First, I hope it will serve as one possible model for what I imagine a class e-portfolio might look like. Secondly, it will point to my accomplishments in the course. Thirdly, it will anticipate what I expect to accomplish in the near future as a result of having conducted this course.
A model e-portfolio
There are many ways one could keep an e-portfolio (but keep in mind that the purposes of these models are not necessarily the same as yours. Your task is to create an assessment portfolio that gives your goals for this class and shows evidence of progress you made toward those)..
Here I have chosen this simple GoogleDoc format. I can publish it online and create web-ready hyperlinks here. I can bring in graphics, and I can link to my Google Doc e-portfolio from my other existing sites. It’s easily set up and shared.
My accomplishments in the course
Here I intend to point to blog and Ning posts I have made throughout this course. Due to the amount of time and concentration it takes to engage participants in online environments, I have been doing much of my writing in comments to participants’ blogs at the expense of posting to my own. I intend here to create pointers to those posts and comments and organize them by topics so that I might then focus some of the points I made and insights gained into my own blog posts so that after much percolation, at long last, coffee!
What I expect to accomplish as a result of having conducted this course
I have learned a lot from teaching this course, and in the near future I intend to further my learning with greater participation in the PLENK2010 MOOCourse at http://connect.downes.ca/. I intend to take lessons learned there about the role of PLN to learning (e.g. vs. the role of LMS to meeting institutional goals, http://ritakop.blogspot.com/2010/09/contrasting-institutional-learning-with.html) and blog about it in relation to what I have tried to do in this course. And then I hope to funnel those lessons into a better rendering of my course, where its goals and philosophy are more clearly explained at the outset (maybe a first week on the precepts of PLN and social learning leading into a consideration of how THOSE tie in with multiliteracies, rather than doing it the other way round).
In sum, I would say the failures of this course were its greatest success. That might sound odd, but it’s how everyone learns. If things always went smoothly and there was nothing to fix, then learning would never take place (this state of bliss is called utopia). In the real world we are faced with what we need to know constantly changing and things happening not as expected, as well as outright mistakes that must be put right, but then we learn to do things better. So when the course is over I’d like to examine those aspects and find ways to change my practice according to what I’ve learned.
I hope the participants in this course will find that their learning continues with their reflections after their participation in this course stops for a while, and that this learning gets translated into change of practice.