What exactly is an ePortfolio? What does one expect to find when looking at one? Why is it important for me to have one as I continue learning and growing as an educator?
While I read Dr. Harapnuik's ePortfolio over ePortfolios, I can't help but be reminded of the COVA model and what I have discovered about that. Dr. Harapnuik says that the eportfolio itself is a space that the student creates (Harapnuik, 2015) and that is exactly what we get to do - create it. It is a "catch all" for our thoughts and experiences. An ever growing and changing collection of our work and something we can reflect on to assess our growth. I believe it has the power to keep us grounded in our beliefs as we learn and move forward.
When I initially heard how important the blog aspect is in our ePortfolio I was a little disheartened and concerned. I thought to myself about how much I hate writing in diaries and have never kept a journal. It was while researching ePortfolios that I discovered that ePortfolios are more than blogs or diaries and when they are treated as such, the audience is severely limited to the people at the school (Hovis, 2017). These words struck me straight to the heart. How true that is! I want my ePortfolio, THIS ePortfolio, to be something I can carry on with long after I have graduated from Lamar, something I can send my teachers to for resources and insight. Writing in a blog about my experiences and new tech tools I've discovered or tried is a great way to keep a running record of what I have learned, how I have grown from it and share with my co-workers in my field.
Still, writing blog posts consistently seems to be a daunting task for me. I was thinking how I would need to carve out several hours each week to hammer these posts out. I loved when I read what Dr. Harapnuik said about not sitting and writing 500-1000 words in one sitting and to instead set a very small goal or mini-habit of writing 50 words a day on your blog. You don’t have to publish 50 words a day, just commit to the simple task of writing 50 words on your blog (Harapnuik, n.d.). That feels doable to me and something I can accomplish, without getting burnt out from it.
Moving forward I am really excited about continuing to work on my ePortfolio and tweaking it from my peers feedback. I have already started working on it and changing the layout and how I present the course work in a more universal friendly way instead of it being something only my fellow Lamar classmates would understand and gain from.
Harapnuik, D. (Not Dated). How to Create Your ePortfolio. It's About Learning. Retrieved from http://www.harapnuik.org/?page_id=6065
Harapnuik, D. (2015). Making Meaningful Connections in An Eportfolio. It's About Learning. Retrieved from http://www.harapnuik.org/?p=5790
Hovis, S. (2017). Why Your Students Should Have an ePortfolio. Portfolium. Retrieved from http://blog.portfolium.com/why-your-students-should-have-an-eportfolio/