Unit 2- Designing an E-Portfolio

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Unit Learning Objectives:

After completing Unit 2, learners will be able to do the following:

  • Understand the basics on creating webpages for their E-Portfolio.

Designing E-Portfolios:

Here are a few more example E-Portfolios:

Before you can begin designing an E-Portfolio, you need a few important components:

  • Flashdrive
  • Internet Access
  • E-mail address
  • An webpage composer such as Dreamweaver, SeaMonkey, Microsoft Publisher, etc.
  • A website builder such as Tripod, Go Daddy, Yahoo Website Builder, etc.
  • Work samples that you want to display on your E-Portfolio.

Once you have all of the above, you can begin designing your E-Portfolio. Designing and building an E-Portfolio takes time and is not something that can be created in a half hour. The planning phase of E-Portfolios is a key requirement for a successful E-Portfolio (Ahn, 2004). E-Portfolios are always a work in progress because you are constantly updating it with new information.

Steps in Designing an E-Portfolio:

  • 1. Collect samples of your work that you want to include on your E-Portfolio.
  • 2. Find a website builder to put your information on.
  • 3. Download or buy a webpage composer program/software to build the pages for your E-Portfolio.
  • 4. Begin building your webpages.
  • 5. Remember to constantly save your work.
  • 6. Have several people look over your E-Portfolio before finishing the end product.


Depending on what purpose your E-Portfolio serves, will depend on what you put on it. For instance if you are interviewing you may want it to contain, your resume or sample of your work. If you are using an E-Portfolio for the classroom, you may want to put links that you will use most frequently in the classroom, a syllabus or lesson/unit plans. Remember, E-Portfolios are a collection of your work. Also, keep in mind when you are building your E-Portfolio, your audience.

As said in Unit 1, E-Portfolios can contain the following; resumes, design projects, cover letters, WebQuests, lesson plans, unit plans, presentations (including PowerPoint presentations), audio and video files, images, discussion boards, blogs, concept maps, rubrics, chapter plans, photos, class projects and assignments, and artwork.

Here are a few websites that you may find helpful when it comes to designing your E-Portfolio: http://electronicportfolios.org/portfolios/encyclopediaentry.htm http://www.eportfolio.lagcc.cuny.edu/

E-Portfolio Design Project Requirements:

The final project which will be completed throughout three of the four units (unit 2, 3 and 4). In unit 4, you will be required to submit your project. Your project will include the following:

  • Homepage: (name, title, image, link to index page, linked e-mail address where your audience can submit, comments, suggestions or problems).
  • Index page: (4 links: link to homepage, link to your biographical information, link to your resume, and a link to a lesson plan).
  • Biography page: (please write a personal statement (it could be the reason why you are taking this class, biographical information, etc.). In addition, please have a link to your homepage, resume, and lesson plan page.
  • Resume page: please upload your resume to this page. In addition, please have a link to your homepage, biographical information, and a link to a lesson plan.
  • Lesson Plan: please upload a lesson plan to this page. In addition, please have a link to your homepage, and a link to your biographical information.

Activities:

  • 1. Read lecture notes under Designing an E-Portfolio.
  • 2. View Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation, ePortfolios for Learning and Assessment by Trent Batson and Helen Chen
  • 3. Read an article containing information on ePortfolios: Using technology to enhance and ssess student learning by Leah Wickersham and Sharon Chambers: File:Wickersham.pdf (You will need to hit the back button to return to the mini-course after reading the article).

Wickersham, L.E., & Chambers, S.M. (2006). ePortfolios: Using technology to enhance and assess student learning. Education, 126 (4), 738-746. Retrieved April 14, 2008 from, Academic Search Premier.

  • 4. Post to the Discussion Board. Please see the Discussion Board for a tutorial on how to post to the Discussion Board.
  • 5. Please begin working on your E-Portfolio. In order to build webpages, you will need to download SeaMonkey. This product is free and is available to Windows and MAC users. SeaMonkey is an html editor which will allow you to build webpages and then upload them to Tripod.
  • 6. Once your webpages are complete, please upload them into Tripod under account manager. This activity will be completed in Units 2 and 3.

Reflection:

After you have completed all of the above activities, start generating ideas of how you can include E-Portfolios into your classroom. What learning objectives will be met by using an E-Portfolio? Research the WWW for different E-Portfolio examples in your content area(or for your curriculum). In addition to your own E-Portfolio, what other information down the road could you put on your own E-Portfolio? Do you think you can benefit from them? What could you use it for?

Once you have completed Unit 2, you can move onto the next unit, Unit 3- Using E-Portfolios as an Assessment.

Resources

Ahn, June. (2004, April). Electronic portfolios: Blending technology, accountability & assessment. T H E Journal, 31(9), 12-18. Retrieved April 25, 2008 from, Academic Search Premier. File:Ahn.doc

Wickersham, L.E., & Chambers, S.M. (2006). ePortfolios: Using technology to enhance and assess student learning. Education, 126 (4), 738-746. Retrieved April 14, 2008 from, Academic Search Premier. File:Wickersham.pdf

Discussion Board
ePortfolios for Learning and Assessment by Trent Batson and Helen Chen
http://depts.washington.edu/tepacct/bjw/webportfolio/home/homeframe.html
http://electronicportfolios.org/portfolios/encyclopediaentry.htm
http://www.kyvu.org/kyvu/instructor2/index.htm
http://www.eportfolio.lagcc.cuny.edu/
https://my.wsu.edu/portal/page?_pageid=177,271429&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
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SeaMonkey
Tripod
Victoria Walker: Instructional Designer, Web Developer, author: Victoria Walker
Welcome to Career Development, author: Jen Boisvert
Welcome to Jen Boisvert's EPortfolio, author: Jen Boisvert
Welcome to My EPortfolio, author: Susan McKinstray


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