Readings online

For those who have not received the CD, Dr. Barrett has made links to the readings on her website on her course webpage: http://helenbarrett.com/class/mod1.html - The videos, however, can only be viewed from the CD.

1/21/03 - Welcome to the Electronic Portfolio Class

A few comments about the first two Blackboard activities

1/28/03 Welcome to Week #2

This is just a summary of our activities this week. Be sure to read the details under Course Documents (click on the second week), where there is an Introduction, links to each of the readings, and the assignments are more detailed. Each week also provides you with a Personal Progress Check-list.

(My introduction)

You have all checked in and introduced yourself to the other class members, within the first week. That is a great omen! I am really excited about the composition of the class. You are already supporting each other, which is great!

You will find my introduction under Staff Information. You can also find my personal web pages hidden on my website at: http://helenbarrett.com/personal.html

2/4/03 Welcome to Week #3

This is just a summary of our activities this week. Be sure to read the details under Course Documents (click on the third week), where there is an Introduction, links to each of the readings, and the assignments are more detailed. Note: the readings cover both this week and next week.

2/11/03 Welcome to Week #4

This is just a summary of our activities this week. Be sure to read the details under Course Documents (click on the fourth week), where there are links to each of the readings, and the assignments are more detailed.

(adapt Peggy's San Marcos presentation about "tracking sheet" and post to Course Documents AND website)

2/18/03 Welcome to Week 5

This is just a summary of our activities this week. Be sure to read the details under Course Documents (click on the fifth week), where there are links to each of the readings, and the assignments are more detailed.

2/18/03 You know you have completed this class when...

How to post to a Group: (You are uploading to the Groups page rather than the Digital Drop Box, so that you can share your work with your fellow classmates.)

  1. Click on Groups.
  2. Click on the specific Group Page.
  3. Click on File Exchange.
  4. Click on Add File
  5. Fill in information. Browse for the file you want to upload from your computer. Click Submit.

2/19/03 Next class

Some of you have asked about the content of the next two classes. Here is a summary of each five-week class. The second class starts on February 25 and we will skip the week of WSU Spring Break. The third class begins on April 8. We learned a lot from the first class, and will limit the discussions to one each week. Most of the readings that will be assigned in the second class will support the hands-on activities that are central to that class. The last class will include a few research articles, but most of the readings involve reviewing resources on web sites.

ePortfolio-Tools - In this course, while you are continuing to build your ePortfolio, you will have a chance to try out different common software tools for building components of your electronic Portfolio: Microsoft PowerPoint (or Apple Keynote), Adobe Acrobat, Netscape Composer (or any HTML editor), and other optional tools such as eZedia or Lectora. You will explore how to create a digital storytelling artifact using a digital video editing program such as iMovie or Pinnacle Studio (a favorite activity of many students). Together, we will also begin to develop a rubric for evaluation. This is a very hands-on course, giving you an opportunity to try out some of these tools. I will encourage you to get together on campus to explore the software in small groups, or sign up for an Atomic Learning semester-long account.

ePortfolio-Web - In this course, you will start wrapping up the portfolio and preparing the ePortfolio for publishing in a variety of formats: CD-ROM, WWW, videotape, DVD and emerging technologies. One component of the class is to try out at least one of the online e-portfolio systems, such as TaskStream or McGraw-Hill's FolioLive. We will look at a few more articles on e-portfolio research, finalize (publish) the portfolio and develop a final evaluation rubric.

Let me know if you have any questions. The second module outline is almost complete online at:
http://helenbarrett.com/class/mod2.html
I am still working on the details of the third module.

2/22/03 Questions about the last two documents due

I've had a few questions about the two other documents that are due (in addition to the EPPlanningWorksheet.doc).

Consider the Excel document to be a method you can use to keep track of your artifacts, and which of your outcomes, goals, OR standards that each one demonstrates (in the columns). This document will NOT be finished when you turn it in. You will continue to build on the document in the next class. The perspective and organization of this document is the COLLECTION of your artifacts and provides an advanced organizer for the portfolio document itself.

The same can be said about the Word document, but the perspective and organization is from your identified outcomes, goals OR standards. Use that framework strictly as an outline for your portfolio. This document will also NOT be finished when you turn it in. I often refer to it as the bare Christmas tree and the ornaments are your artifacts and reflections that you will be adding to the basic structure. In this class, we just want to see the basic structure (the tree) and we will continue developing the REFLECTIONS that support your SELECTION of speciic artifacts (the ornaments).

If you look at the videos in the videosWin folder on the CD, you can see and hear me explain how to set up both documents (just the movie files starting with numbers 1-9, not the movie files starting with PS).

As I said in the weekly e-mail: We realize that the final format for your portfolio will probably not be Excel and Word. The purpose of this activity is to come up with the basic framework and content outline of your portfolio so that you can later translate or convert it into your preferred publishing software and format. Too often, students focus on the multimedia that is inherent in some of the tools, without paying enough attention to the content. These common tools allow you to focus on the content in preparation for the next stage.

If you are not prepared to share these documents with the entire class, you may use the Digital Drop Box to upload these files. We respect your privacy and will check both places.

 


2/24/03

Welcome to the second module of a course on creating electronic portfolios using common software tools. Dr. Helen Barrett has designed this course around her five stages of electronic portfolio development, allowing you to sample a variety of tools and strategies for publishing a portfolio in electronic format. This second module will allow you to try out a variety of tools for building an electronic portfolio using common software tools. We will also learn about digital video and give you an opportunity to create a digital storytelling artifact to enrich your electronic portfolio.

In addition to the following software that was required for the first Module (Adobe Acrobat Reader, QuickTime Player, and Microsoft Office), you will need to find additional software packages to try out, most of which is either free or trial versions can be downloaded from the Internet.

In this section, we will continue our discussions of the various software choices and issues, and each of you will eventually set up a web page on a web server. We will also develop a rubric for evaluating our own electronic portfolio.

The only textbook for this class is Dr. Barrett's CD-ROM, Standards-Based Electronic Portfolios plus access to the World Wide Web. However, because of the hands-on nature of this module, I recommend students sign up for a semester account with Atomic Learning, a website that provides online videos demonstrating how to do various tasks with a variety of software. They offer free tutorials for Macintosh OS X, iMovie, and iPhoto. Access to other tutorials requires a password. I am getting information from them about registration.

Activities

Don't forget to read the more detailed document for this week, either in the Blackboard Course Documents, or online at http://helenbarrett.com/class/mod2.html#1

3/4/03

Our activities this week will focus on WWW-compatible hypermedia (HTML-based web pages and Adobe Acrobat). In this week, we are only exploring the possibilities. You may want to convert your documents into either of these formats for publishing, which we will do in the third class. In this week, you should just become familiar with both of these formats so that you can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each format. We also need to begin our discussion of evaluating these portfolios using a rubric, and will divide the discussion into three parts over the next three weeks. Here are our activities this week:

While learning these new tools, you might like to see some demonstrations on video. The Atomic Learning website (http://www.atomiclearning.com ) has short screen recordings on a lot of different software packages. A few for the Macintosh (OS X, iMovie, iPhoto) are free. Here is how to sign up for your optional Atomic Learning account if you want to be able to have access to all of their tutorials:
http://www.mediaspinners.com/store/wichita.html ($25.00 for 15 weeks) or http://www.mediaspinners.com/store/textbook.html ($39.95 for 365 days)

Don't forget to read the more detailed document for this week, either in the Blackboard Course Documents, or online at http://helenbarrett.com/class/mod2.html#2

3/11/03

An exciting project ahead, we will begin Digital Storytelling or adding a digital audio/video artifact to your portfolio. You will work on your digital story from now until the end of the class. I recommend getting together as a group some time during the next three weeks, to problem-solve using some of these new tools.

Some of you are continuing the weekly learning log e-mail to your instructors. Since the class is well established, and you are discussing a lot of your activities in the online discussion area, the weekly log is optional, and should be used if you have specific questions or are having problems that you want to discuss privately with your instructors.

Don't forget to read the more detailed document for this week, either in the Blackboard Course Documents, or online at http://helenbarrett.com/class/mod2.html#3

Also, since next week is Wichita State University's Spring Break, you will have another week to study the digital storytelling website, and play with the tools.

3/18/03 - Spring Break

3/25/03 -

While you are still be working on your digital story, this week, you should take a look at other multimedia authoring tools for building the multimedia elements of your electronic portfolio.

Don't forget to read the more detailed document for this week, either in the Blackboard Course Documents, or online at http://helenbarrett.com/class/mod2.html#4

4/1/03

In this final section of this second module, you will post your movie for others in your group to see, and will work on finishing the evaluation rubric to evaluate these e-portfolios.

Don't forget to read the more detailed document for this week, either in the Blackboard Course Documents, or online at http://helenbarrett.com/class/mod2.html#5

You know you have finished the course when you: participated in the online discussions, posted your rubric to the class discussion board, uploaded your digital story.


4/8/03

This is the first week of Module 3: ePortfolios-Web, where we will cover two main topics: different publishing formats, and reviewing at least one online portfolio system.

In this module, we will explore the many ways that we can publish our electronic portfolios. As stated in one of the readings in Module 1, an electronic portfolios is, at its most elementary level, a portfolio stored in an electronic container. In this module, we will explore at least three of these containers: CD-ROMs, Web Servers, Video Tape, with a look toward the future of DVD publishing. We will finalize our portfolios and publish them on the most appropriate medium for our purpose, content, and audience.

The first publishing environment we will explore is CD-ROM, including the requirements, limitations and advantages of recording electronic portfolios on CD-ROM. You will prepare your final portfolio to eventually write to a CD-Recordable disc by the end of the course.

Our activities this week include:

Don't forget to read the more detailed document for this week, either in the Blackboard Course Documents, or online at http://helenbarrett.com/class/mod3.html#1

4/15/03

This week, we will look at posting electronic portfolios on the Internet. There are two different strategies for publishing electronic portfolios on the Internet: using a customized system or creating your own portfolio in WWW-compatible formats and posting those files to a web server. What is required to publish electronic portfolios on the Internet? Find web server space to store your portfolio, and find appropriate software to convert your document into WWW-accessible format.

There are a variety of commercial systems that are available to create and store online portfolios. A partial list of these sites can be found at http://electronicportfolios.com/portfolios/bookmarks.html#vendors
Most of these online systems do not require any special software, other than a web browser to manage the portfolio. Costs vary but are comparable to the price of a textbook, and some can only be purchased as an institution-wide adoption. Many schools and universities are installing their own portfolio servers.

Finding a Web Server to post your own portfolio: You can also create your own files in HTML (HyperText Markup Language) and other web-compatible files, such as Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format) files. There are a variety of Web servers that you can use:

Here are our activities for the week:

Don't forget to read the more detailed document for this week, either in the Blackboard Course Documents, or online at http://helenbarrett.com/class/mod3.html#2

4/22/03

This week we will look at publishing electronic portfolios on videotape. There are some audiences for your electronic portfolio that do not have the technological capabilities to read a CD-ROM or access the Internet. However, most households have video cassette recorders (VCRs) to be able to view the portfolio on videotape. What is required to publish electronic portfolios on videotape? You will need some means to convert your digital portfolio to analog videotape. There are two strategies: using a digital video camera and a digital video editing program; or by connecting the "video out" from your computer to the "video in" on your VCR.

Here are our activities this week:

Don't forget to read the more detailed document for this week, either in the Blackboard Course Documents, or online at http://helenbarrett.com/class/mod3.html#3

4/29/03

This week, we will explore some of the emerging technologies for publishing electronic portfolios. We will also continue trying out one of the online commercial e-portfolio systems and we will also discuss the online portfolio system that we have each been evaluating.

Our activities this week include:

Don't forget to read the more detailed document for this week, either in the Blackboard Course Documents, or online at http://helenbarrett.com/class/mod3.html#4

5/6/03

This is our final week. You should provide your instructors with a copy of your final portfolio in your chosen format.

Don't forget to read the more detailed document for this week, either in the Blackboard Course Documents, or online at http://helenbarrett.com/class/mod3.html#5

You have completed this Module when you have participated in each of the Online discussions and submitted your final portfolio in your chosen format to your instructors.