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Level Six: Now what?

Your mission

Decide on who to share your e-portfolio with and refine your collections
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Let's begin with some reading below about how to refine your collections of artefacts and viewing the videos to provide the next step in sharing your e-portfolios.

Then consolidate your learning by visiting the Quests and completing them this week.


Remember to visit the Ning Network forums to join in the discussions there.

How is your e-portfolio shaping up?

At this stage you will find it useful to critically examine your e-portfolio and to follow the advice of others on how to refine your collections. You will find the MOOC E-portfolio Checklist a useful starting point.

Is your e-portfolio ready for sharing with your selected audience? Use this question and the one's following, to guide you in preparing your e-portfolio for viewing.

Who is your audience?

You will have had a clear notion of - who you will be sharing your e-portfolio with - throughout the MOOC; let's explore a little more about how you might want to present your e-portfolio for  a few of those now. What will your audience be looking for?

For now, take some time to look at your e-portfolio through the eyes of:
  • Your current course facilitator
    Ensure that you follow sound advice like this guide from Coonara House the full version is attached below.

  • Your RPL Assessor
    Take a look at this RPL Assessor Checklist
    from Coonara House the full version is attached below:

    Layout:
    • Ask for advice
    • Share only specific criteria
    • Contact details
    • Logical layout
    • Reasonable fonts
    • Include paperwork
    • Web links confirmed

    Evidence:
    • Comprehensive
    • Current
    • Sufficient
    • Valid
    • Avoid sensitive information
    • Permissions for photos and voice

What is your future action plan?

Dr Helen Barrett has this to say about this Now What? phase:

Now What? Describe what’s in store for the future now that you’ve learned from this experience; outline what you are going to do to continue your professional development in light of this learning. The “now what?” component of reflections may include looking for future learning opportunities related to the one under consideration, mistakes that you are now prepared to avoid, situations that you are now prepared to take advantage of, an assessment of things that you as of yet do NOT know how to do but would like to, etc. Ok, now that you've done this, now what would you like to learn?

You will have different audiences in mind for parts of your e-portfolio so you will now need to consider an ongoing process of refining your collections. You will do more of that at Level Seven: Then What? and reach out to a wider audience.

Why and how will you share your e-portfolio?

The decision is yours - to share or not to share - that is the question. If you are working on your e-portfolio as a story of your lifelong learning, or the journey to personal learning development, then you may well be the only audience. The essential ingredient in your e-portfolio approach is ownership - you choose who can view it.

If you are preparing your e-portfolio to capture and reflect on the learning in a course you are undertaking, then you'll want to share it with your course facilitator. You may have been given instructions from your course facilitator about where and how to construct the e-portfolio, but the final choice of when to share is yours.

If you are preparing an e-portfolio to gain Recognition for Prior Learning, then you'll want to share it with your RPL assessor. The process of RPL is enhanced by using an e-portfolio - the assessor does not need to collect a lot of paper work from you, and you do not need to travel to the assessor to present the e-portfolio.

How will you refine your reflections innovatively?

There are many ways of enhancing the process of reflecting on your learning, using appropriate Web 2.0 tools. Perhaps you've been challenging yourself to learn a few of these throughout the MOOC; now's the time to plan, create and publish a few of these as reflective practices.

For instance, your blog - the one that you've been posting to throughout the MOOC - can now become a valuable reflective asset for your e-portfolio. Consider embedding your postings through an RSS feed directly into your e-portfolio - this provides a continuous stream of reflections that are automatically displayed.

Here's a few examples to view.

Voicethreads

In this shared, collaborative portfolio, the participants in Reflect and Connect share their ideas, learning and takeaways. Voicethread provides a valuable tool for collaborative reflections. In fact we have a Voicethread for you in Level Seven: Then What?

Blogs

In the My social t-eL Journey Barbara Nicolls reflects on her work on e-portfolios in a recent delivery of Reflect and Connect.


Privacy Issues

Be mindful of your own personal privacy and note this advice on Privacy for E-portfolios from project leaders in the 2010 E-portfolios Implementation Trials.

Considerable research has been conducted on the issue of Privacy in E-portfolios. Allison Miller had this to say: about the VET Draft Privacy Guidelines in 2010:

The draft guidelines were released in March 2010 to help organisations manage their privacy responsibilities surrounding the use of e-portfolios with learners, as e-portfolios contain a significant amount of personal information about learners.  Some of this personal information may be quite sensitive and, if not managed well, can compromise learner privacy, so it is very important for educators to help learners protect their privacy online.


Refining your collections with audio/visual tools

Several Web 2.0 tools lend themselves very well to preparing innovative artefacts to add to you collections. Here's a few examples to whet your appetite.

Digital Storytelling

An eportfolio is a story in itself; a story of your learning, your journey and your personal development. What better way to refine your collections in your eportfolio, than with a digital story. For a fule workshop set of resources on Digital Stories in E-portfolios: Mutliple Purpose and Tools, check out this site from Dr Helen Barrett.

In this slide deck from Dr Helen Barrett you will find a wealth of ideas and sample digital stories to help you consider the impact of a well constructed digital story.

They don't need to be big, they just need to have meaning!
Digital Storytelling
View more presentations from Helen Barrett

Slidecasts

A slidecast is a combination of Powerpoint slides and a voice recording. You can do this at Slideshare.net effectively by uploading both and synchronising them to create your slidecast. Here's a video to help you do this, from John Butel, co-founder of Slideshare.


You Tube videos

Videos can be created in many different Web 2.0 tools and yes you could upload them directly into your eportfolio. However a much better process is to first upload them to You Tube so that you can provide a link or an embedding code for adding to your artefacts. In this way the viewer does not need to have the software that you chose to create the video in.

In the Challenge Gallery you'll find further ideas for using the 'cloud' repositories. Join in with some of the Challenge Webinars to gain even more insight.

Here's a video from You Tube that shows you how to upload your videos.



Podcasting

Here's an introduction to podcasting video, Podcasting in Plain English  from Lee LeFever for the Common Craft Show team.



Slideshare

In this innovative set of slides from Paul Rawlinson's blog article - 'Final Assignment for Reflect and Connect' shares his journey in building a Personal Learning Network innovatively.

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