For this course, you will create a Web site that will become a portfolio of your work. A portfolio is your online means to show your intellectual work in cep900 and cep930, to start with, but it should lead to bigger and better things.

In building your portfolio, you should be making a good start towards meeting the first year preliminary exam requirement. In short, the prelim exam is portfolio of all your first year work, not just these two courses. Building a portfolio now that is set up to grow to meet the prelim requirement will make your life easier when the exam rolls around.

In building your portfolio, you should also be making good progress towards building a professional presence on the web. This is becoming increasingly important in any field, more so in an academic field, but an absolute requirement for any one in “ed tech”. Simply put, experts in ed-tech are easily found through google, you can read about their research interests, read their work, and know more about them than you care to know. As you become one of these experts complete with the letters “Ph.D.” next to your name in a few years, you too should have a presence on the web (And, if that wasn’t convincing enough, it will be a requirement for 2nd year students and beyond as part of the annual review process).

In this course, we will talk about about the purpose and even the content of your portfolios, but we will not focus on the process of creating web pages. Rather, it is up to you to decide what tools you will use to create your Web pages, and to learn to use those tools. We will encourage you to support one another in learning to use web-based tools by organizing learning and study groups, and we will offer advice and help when we can.

Technologies and Guides for Building Portfolios Example Portfolios Readings about Portfolios
Professorial Examples:

Doctoral Student Examples

  • Reese, M., & Levy, R. (2009). Assessing the Future: E-Portfolio Trends, Uses, and Options in Higher Education. EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research Research Bulletin, 2009(4), 1-12.

Food for thought

  • Identity 2.0 Talk by Dick Hart – Not so much for the issues of secure identity validation, but in terms of a) Think about what makes an online “identity”, b) cool use of technology for presentation purposes.

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