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Ewan McIntosh on “messy” eportfolios: Show your working!

This short piece comes via Nancy Rubin’s blog. It’s Ewan McIntosh talking about the benefits of sharing eportfolios as widely as possible. It’s worth 4 minutes of your time.

He paints a picture of eportfolio use that is “messy”, that shows the learning process as well as the polished outcome and where the results are shared as widely as possible to captalise on opportunities for social learning.

It’s a very different view of eportfolios from the one that Donald Clark was dicsussing a while ago.

It made me think of something that Derrin Kent quoted at a conference last year, that a school child had described an eportoflio as a way to show “how much we’ve grown.” That “growing up” is a story of experiments, false starts, blind alleys as much as the nicely produced showcase of end-points. To get a full picture of learning you need to see both.

What do you think? Should students be showing off “messy” eportfolios to the world? 

The Amplifier’s Social Media Policy

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I think it pays to be clear about what this blog and its associated media are for and how we’re going to use it. Here’s the initial policy, although I imagine I’ll update this occassionally.

 

Who’s posting

The owner of this blog, Twitter account etc is Chris Thomson, Consultant Trainer with JISC Netskills. There may be guest posts and the authors of these will be clearly marked along with their contact details. Tweets may be written by others within Netskills.

Tone 

I’m writing in the first person even though I represent an organisation. I just find it easier to read stuff that’s written like that.

I should emphasise that the tweets and this blog are not about me, it’s more a conduit for useful information. If you care that much, my personal twitter is @electricchalk and my blog is at http://www.electricchalk.com but these are mine and don’t represent the views of JISC or Netskills.

I’ll keep the tone informal.

Attribution

I’ll be delighted if you quote stuff written in this blog. Please give credit where it’s due and don’t nick stuff.

I respect other people’s intellectual property. Images that I use will be credited and used appropriately according to their licensing as best I can. If the licensing arrangements are unclear I’ll do my very best to contact the creator before using anything. I’ll adhere to any reasonable requests to take down embedded and uploaded media.

Moderation 

Please comment on things you find interesting in the blog or reply to the Twitter feed. Your participation is very welcome.

I will moderate comments, mainly to screen for spam. Constructive criticism is welcome here. Trolling is not.

Twitter Follows 

The Twitter stream from EP Amplifier is for the education community. I will follow back if your bio or previous tweets suggest you are interested. Again, this is to avoid spammers, not to create an exclusive club. I like giving the benefit of the doubt.

I will follow commercial organisations but please don’t spam my timeline or I’ll unfollow you.

I will recommend other Twitter users to follow using the #followfriday or #ff hastags if I think other ePortfolio users might like to follow you.

Endorsements 

It may be valuable to tweet stuff about software, hardware providers or event coordinators from time to time if it’s of interest to the ePortfolio community but I must make it clear; these blog posts and tweets should NOT be taken as endorsement of a product or company by JISC or Netskills. The ePortfolio Amplifier is absolutely eportfolio platform-neutral.

Contact

If you want to contact me about the blog, the best thing to do would be to comment (say if you don’t want the comment published) or DM ep_amplifier in Twitter if we’re following each other. Netskills’ contact details can be found on our site.

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