MODULE 5 (Sep 27 – Oct 3)

In this module, you will make a resumé that highlights your professional history and skills. Because you are creating a web-based portfolio, you will be able to capitalize on the affordances of multi-media and online browsers and not just have a link to your paper resumé!

Your first Piece of Flair is due at the end of the module, so if you haven’t already started, now’s a good time to think about how you want to customize your portfolio.

Finally, you will complete a self-assessment about your progress and participation. We will take you through the steps you need in order to do this self-assessment (and Sarah tells you about it in the video).

 

Basic Assignment(s)

  1. Review Last Week’s Feedback – Before you start on your new task, make sure you review your feedback from last week. Taking the time to make adjustments each week will lead to a more helpful review of your overall portfolio from peers in their Flipgrid feedback and instructors during mid-semester feedback.
  2. Things to Keep in Mind for your New Assignment – As you design your work, keep the following in mind:
    • Consider your audience – A resumé should be tailored to your audience. Will it be primarily for other teachers? For parents, students, or your principal? Will it be something you continue to develop for an eventual job search? This will help you better design your resumé to communicate your accomplishments and skills.
    • The Rubric – Make sure that you align your resumé to our standards, rubric, and common issues for resumés, which are always available at the bottom of every assignment page under “Elaboration”.
    • A Work in Progress – You do not have to finalize your resumé now, as the goal in this course is always to get something working first and to continue to refine it based on feedback.
    • Need Inspiration? – Consider a few examples of resumés from past semesters, including: Paul Mazurek, Katie Krcmarik, Sara Galbreath, and Emily Beski-Threm.
  3. Create a Webpage and Resumé – Create a webpage on your portfolio called something informative, like “resumé” (you’re free to use any descriptive name you’d like). Make a resumé that outlines your relevant:
    • educational experiences, including degrees earned
    • work experiences
    • skills
    • accomplishments
    • other things you think are important to include
  4. Video Reflection and Feedback – You know what to do by now. Post a video reflection that talks about your work, and add two pieces of feedback, using this Flipgrid. Fill out all the fields! Remember that posting good reflections and providing feedback is is an important part of this course. Full posting description and rubrics are below in “Elaboration” if you would like more guidance.
  5. Your First Piece of Flair is Due – Your first piece of flair is due at the end of this module, click on the Pieces of Flair link and follow the instructions (and links to Flipgrid) on how to turn it in. Please post on this Flipgrid.
  6. Self-Assess your Participation – After you complete your video reflection and feedback for the week, it’s time to give yourself a grade for Modules 1 through 5 on how well you’ve done posting reflections and giving feedback. Do so by filling out this self-assessment

Grading Summary

Each assignment in this course is important for developing your abilities to design and implement your portfolio. There are 100 total points assigned in this course; the specific assignments in this module will count towards your grade as follows:

  • (Up to 1 point) – Creating a resumé and posting the link in Flipgrid on your video reflection
  • (0 – 5 points) – The quality of your video reflections and video feedback is self-assessed. You will give yourself between 0 and 5 points based upon your performance so far (see assignment above).
  • (Coming up) – You have to complete a Tech Check sometime before the end of Module 10. This requirement is worth 2 points and is explained in “Elaboration” below.

Elaboration

Standards, Rubric, and Common Issues for Resumé

As you design your resumé, please use the following standards to guide your work. These represent the particular criteria that your instructors will be looking for when giving you feedback at mid-semester and final grading.

  • Adaptation to Web – Is your resumé concise, and does it take advantages of the affordances of the Internet? Remember, you can have more detail and keep traditional formatting on a PDF version. Make sure you are using the opportunities afforded by presenting it online, too.
  • Formatting consistency – Do you use bullet points, headers, language, and other features effectively and consistently?
  • Text consistency – Do you use spelling, grammar, word choice (including acronyms), and punctuation correctly?
  • Resumé organization – Is your resumé effectively organized and in a logical order?
  • Availability and accessibility – Is your resumé available and accessible? This may include adding a downloadable version (such as a PDF) or providing access to your resumé in other formats (such as a Google Doc). Whatever option you choose, is the format functioning properly, integrated nicely with your design, and usable by readers?

Common issues

  • Acronyms – Remember that people outside your program or workplace might not understand all the terms and acronyms you use. It’s always a good idea to “spell out” an acronym the first time you use it, and you should also consider defining terms that aren’t commonly used.
  • Placement of link to downloadable PDF – Consider having the link to your downloadable resumé at the top of the page. It’s more likely to be noticed that way.
  • Just the highlights – Please also note that our intent is not to have you duplicate your full, downloadable resumé on your portfolio page. Avoid complete replication by focusing on the highlights.
  • Personal Information – Consider not including personal information like phone numbers or addresses (for you or your references).
  • No Word Documents – Please do not distribute the printable version of your resumé as a Word doc; a PDF is much more accessible (and less likely to have virus-related problems!).
  • More than an Embedded Document – We are looking for more than an embedded document (like Scribd or Google Docs) for your resumé. There are many affordance of the web (links, colors, design options) that aren’t available if you only embed a document. Please take advantage of those affordances by allowing your resumé to have its own page.
Rubric for Posting Reflections and Feedback

When you post and reply in this course, please pay attention to the following guidelines. These are guidelines also form the basis for the rubric used to grade your discussion contribution.

What makes for a good post?

It depends on the specific assignment, but the following generally apply:

  • Pay attention to the prompts
  • Use a good portion of the 3 minutes allotted to you.
  • Show us what you’re thinking and why you’re thinking it.
  • When sharing your own work, point to some places where people who respond to you might be most helpful in giving you feedback.

What makes for a good feedback?

Good feedback is important in all design activities, including the design of portfolios. It is especially important in this class. When giving feedback, keep in mind that good feedback is:

  • Thorough – Use a good portion of the 3 minutes allotted to you. Try to cover as many aspects of the assignment that you can—do not focus on only one thing. However, don’t try to cover too much, because each point you make should have some details (see next point).
  • Specific – Avoid generalities like “you had a good design,” and instead be more specific, like “Your headers are easy to read, clear, and helpful in breaking up text into more manageable pieces.”
  • Critical – Point out what needs improving. Even if you’re looking at the best piece of work, you can give the author something to think about working towards or thinking about differently.
  • Supportive – Point out what is working well. Even the earliest of drafts is the start of something good that can be highlighted as a success.
Tech Check Requirements

Finding ways to meet face-to-face in an online class can be tough, but we’ve found that it’s worth it, especially for your exhibition in Module 11. To make exhibitions go smoothly and to give you some additional opportunities for face-to-face feedback, we require you to check out the Capstone Coffeehouse technology at least once by the end of Module 10. In short, the Capstone Coffeehouse is Zoom – the video conferencing software we use in this course.

You can find some general information on using the Capstone Coffeehouse here. To fulfill this requirement (and get your points), you must specifically do four things:

  • Check video: Make sure that your webcam is working and that you (and others) show up on the screen when you join the Coffeehouse. This should happen automatically.
  • Check audio: Make sure that you can hear other people in the Coffeehouse and that they can hear you. Zoom, the Coffeehouse technology, should ask you for permission to use your speakers and microphone once you join. In a few cases, though, this takes a little fiddling to get it to work properly.
  • Check chat: Make sure that you know how to open the chat window in Zoom (the Coffeehouse technology) and that you can read and write messages properly. If you’re using the Zoom desktop client, the Chat button should appear at the bottom of the Zoom window.
  • Check a page: You (and each of your classmates) should take a few minutes to share a page that you’ve recently completed. If possible, make this a Piece of Flair page, but you really have free range on what you’d like to look at. Have some specific questions and concerns in mind: What are you trying to accomplish with this page? What are you still struggling with? This is a great chance to “practice” for the end-of-semester exhibitions and to get some more face-to-face feedback, which capstone students consistently point to as one their most valuable experiences.

For most people, the Tech Check is a quick and easy assignment, but problems do occasionally occur. If you are experiencing frustration with the Tech Check, keep in mind that it’s better to experience this during the Tech Check than during the exhibition! Also, please remember what you had to do to get past the difficult spots, just in case they come up again.

There are two ways to complete the Tech Check: through office half hours or with a classmate.

Office half hours (if you prefer to talk to instructors)

In addition to talking about your portfolio during an office half hours session, you can carry out the Tech Check with the instructor who is running office half hours. Just mention that you’d like to take care of your Tech Check, and she or he will walk you through the steps and make sure to give you the points!

Classmate (if you prefer to talk to your fellow educators)

The great thing about the Coffeehouse technology is that it is available 24/7. If one of the office half hours sessions doesn’t work for you or you would prefer to meet with a classmate instead, you can schedule a time to meet with a classmate in the Coffeehouse and take care of the Tech Check on your own. Walk through the four specific steps listed above, and once you’ve made sure that everything works for all of you, send us an email to let us know that you took care of everything. While this should be a short email, please include enough detail that we know who you worked with and that you walked through all four steps together.

How do I attribute images?

The great thing about the Internet is that it’s really easy to find attractive pictures for your portfolio. The tricky thing about the Internet, though, is that:

  1. it’s not always easy to tell if you’re allowed to use the attractive pictures that you find, and
  2. it’s not always clear how you’re supposed to cite images that aren’t your own.

Overview Video

We’ve made a short video to give you an overview of some of the issues regarding the use of images on your website and some common solutions that work for most students.

Can I use a specific image?

Are you confused about whether or not you can use a specific image? Consult the flowchart below to help you determine what you can or can’t use: Click on the image to bring up a larger version or click here for the article that originally accompanied the flowchart.

Flowchart to help decide if you can use an image or not

Common Attribution Methods

We try to avoid being too prescriptive here in the Capstone Portfolio Course; as professionals, it’s critical that you learn the issues yourselves and develop your own strategies related to image attribution and intellectual property. However, the following strategies have worked well in the past:

Additional Resources

There are also a few other resources that might be helpful as you find images for your portfolio:

  • Creative Commons is a licensing scheme that gives everyone permission to use media as long as they give credit to the original creator. The Creative Commons website has some advice on how to best write image credits.
  • Lifehacker has a helpful article that provides important advice on making sure that you’re using images legally.
  • Lesson 6 of the Web Design for Professional Portfolios series has information on copyright and accessibility.
Why make a resumé?

It is likely that you are all in slightly different places when it comes to your job: Some of you may be trying to transition from a long-term subbing job to a full-time, permanent position. Some of you may be currently employed but have plans for switching schools or states. Others of you may have been in your current job for years and have no intention of leaving.

Regardless of your situation, there is something to be gained from adding a resumé to your portfolio. If you’re looking for a job, your portfolio can be a powerful tool for showing potential employers your professional accomplishments (and your tech skills!). Even if you aren’t looking for a new position, though, dedicating part of your portfolio to your professional skills is still a valuable addition. It can remind students, parents, colleagues, and others of your qualifications and experience; it can also help you fit into a larger professional community that will support your continued growth in your job.

Should I include personal information on my portfolio?

The Internet, like any technology, has both tremendous advantages and important drawbacks. On one hand, you can connect with just about anyone! On the other hand… well, just about anyone can connect with you. It’s important to think carefully and decide how you’re going to handle including personal information on your portfolio. That decision is largely a personal one, and we can’t tell you exactly what to do. However, here are a few things we would like you to keep in mind:

Addresses and phone numbers

We strongly discourage you from including personal addresses or phone numbers on your portfolio, whether they belong to you, to colleagues, or to references that you have listed on your resumé page. Even if you don’t expect your portfolio to go viral, it is out there for anyone on the Internet to find… and you wouldn’t want just anyone to knock on your door or give you a call. When you’re thinking about this, make sure to keep in mind the downloadable resumé that many of you will include — just because it’s not in an obvious place doesn’t mean that you aren’t essentially giving away where you live and how to reach you.

This might take some rethinking of how you approach a resumé. You will likely have an “online version,” a “safe downloadable version,” and a “detailed version” that you can give to trusted people in face-to-face settings. You may also need to replace contact information for your resumé with a phrase like “references available upon request.”

Student information

As careful as you should be with your information, you need to be even more careful with information associated with your students! Check with your school or district to see what kind of policies they have about displaying pictures of students or work that they’ve completed in your school.

We don’t want to discourage you from showing us what goes on in your classroom — that is a fantastic addition to any portfolio! However, please exercise a great deal of caution whenever dealing with information related to your students.

Where can I get help in designing my resumé?

The Web – There are a lot of people out there offering a lot of resumé advice: We can’t possibly cover all of it here, so do your best to find a reliable source (such as Lifehacker) and learn from them.

MSU Career Services Network – This MSU website has everything from quick tips and tricks to sample resumés to other pieces of advice (including why you should keep a portfolio!). If you’re looking to add some Spartan savvy to your professional presence, this is a good place to check.

Professional presentation – This video in the Web Design for Professional Portfolios series will give you some overall advice on how to make sure that your capstone portfolio looks professional to visitors.

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