Jessica McHugh's Portfolio

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Welcome to Jessica McHugh's Portfolio page for ETAP 623 Fall 2014! This portfolio will demonstrate all of my work for the semester including the development of my mini course.


As technology advances, the use of it is being incorporated in classrooms lessons and environments more frequently. This course will review the use and benefits of educational blogging and how to use them as needs assessments to track student progress and evaluation of instruction.


“Needs assessment in an analysis activity that examines the instructional problem, intended learners, and learning context” (Shambaugh & Magliaro, pg 61). A problem in today’s classrooms is the fact that teachers cannot always accurately evaluate a student’s progress throughout a unit without a large test or project at the end. Being able to monitor progress throughout is key in making sure students do not fall behind.

As educators, our goal is to figure out the problems and needs of our students and produce lessons and strategies to help these students. “Ultimately, a needs analysis is conducted to collect data that will be used to make appropriate decisions and to help you prioritize the identified needs” (Larson & Lockee, 2014, pg 27). I find I am documenting data constantly throughout the school year to make sure I am addressing the needs of my students accurately and appropriately through recording the progress of my students.

What is to be Learned

A tool to use to help have evidence of this progress is through blogging by students. Having a place for students to record what they are learning, it provides a place for the teacher to see what is actually being learned and understood.


Learner Analysis

This mini-course is mainly to be used by educators to learn about and use blogging for educational purposes. This mini-course primarily focuses on blogging for older-students so most of the learners teacher grades 7-12. This course can be informational to the tech-savvy educators but is still user-friendly enough for those newer or more hesitant to using technology in the classroom. Survey

I conducted a survey of students’ grade 9-12 at the beginning of the schools year. It was an about you survey that required students to answer questions and fill out a questionnaire about themselves. A few of the questions on my survey that relate to the purpose of this mini-course were: Would you consider yourself good with technology? Would you rather type or hand-write assignments? Do you like to engage with friends online? Have you ever read a blog? Have you ever written a blog?

Results of those questions are shown.

Instructional Content

The results of this survey showed how familiar students are with working and expressing themselves online and engaging with others online. Students are able to express themselves through typing an technology, but most of them are not used to reading or writing in a blog. The results will guide the mini-course further as an introduction to blogging for educators to introduce blogging to their students. Exploring the Problem and Solution

Both educators and students are not informed about all the possibilities and uses of blogging, especially in the classroom. This min-course will be the solution as blogging is broken down into units and tasks to allow educators to become more familiar and learn about the benefits of blogging.


The main goal of this mini-course is to teach learns and students how to use blogs to reflect on lessons and therefore, produce evidence of progress the student has with this particular strategy or on a topic over time to see if it is effective or if it isn’t working. The use of a blog can document the results of a strategy or goal of a lesson directly to each individual student.

The main goal of this mini course is to show end users techniques they can use to learn higher order thinking skills they can use that will benefit them in their personal and professional lives.

Analysis of the Learner and Context
Performance Objectives

Upon the completion of this mini-course, learners will be able to:

· Explain the definition of blogging

· Explain the benefits of reflection through blogging

· Explain the benefits of discussions through blogging

· Identify different sites that are good for educational blogging

· Develop grading rubrics for requirements of blogging

· Create a blog of their own

Task Analysis
Curriculum Map
References and Resources

Larson, Mariam B., and Barbara B. Lockee. "Streamlined ID: A Practical Guide to Instructional Design." New York, NY: Routledge, 2014. Print.

Shambaugh, R.N & Magliaro, A.S. "Mastering the Possibilities: A Process Approach to Instructional Design." Allyn and Bacon. Print.