Through many of the web articles for this week, I have begun to get a clearer picture of who “can” own the ePortfolio through significant learning environments. In chapter 4 of the COVA eBook, Dr. Harapnuik really helped me to gain the concept with his Google map story and how his two boys tend to use the app differently. It makes me think of how we can choose to own our learning experience or simply follow step by step instructions to reach a predetermined destination. This simple analogy got me thinking about how life experiences impact us so much! I know we have all failed at things and had to “learn the hard way” as our parents may have put it. What made us make those choices instead of just “listening” to their words of wisdom? I know for me, I wanted to OWN the experience for myself. There was no way that someone else’s experience was going to impact my way of thinking unless I was able to experience that particular thing for myself. The same works for our students today and I really don’t see it ever changing.
The process of building my first ePortfolio in EDLD 5302 was quite an exciting experience. Though there were some requirements for what was needed in the initial review of our portfolio, we were really given a lot of freedom to choose, own and create an image of ourselves through our platform. As I have read through the articles from Dr. Harapnuik, I am seeing some paths to navigate in the coming weeks that will allow me to build a stronger and more professional digital voice of myself. I really like the recommendations that he made about specific sections to include in an ePortfolio. These sections will be a great way of getting started on improving my own ePortfolio, but I definitely feel like I will need more feedback in the next couple of weeks to help me move forward in this process. I will lean heavily on my fellow classmates and professor for valuable feedback in building up a better portfolio.
As I wrap up my first course for the Digital Learning & Leading Program with Lamar University, it is a good time to reflect on the things that I have learned and will take with me as I move forward in the program. Throughout this process, I have felt more and more confident that I can do this and that the learning that is occurring will have a lasting impact for years to come! I want to personally thank Dr. Still for her guidance throughout this process. Thank you for always being positive in our communication and available throughout this entire course! It made a great learning environment and I hope that the other classes are just as friendly!
Several questions I’d like to address as I come to the conclusion of the Concepts of Educational Technology course are below.