Why is ownership of our ePortfolio so important? Would we care to blog and add elements to our websites if we didn't feel like we owned it?
Ken Robinson said in his 2010 TEDtalk (as cited in Harapnuik, 2018), "The reason so many people are opting out of education is because it doesn't feed their spirit, it doesn't feed their energy or their passion. So, I think we have to change metaphors. We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it's an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish" (Robinson, 2010).
Lamar has really impressed me with how our courses are laid out to guide us as we create our ePortfolios, the way they created the conditions to allow us to flourish. They have set each of us up to have intrinsic value that (feeds our spirit) in what we create and really take ownership over our websites. I have visited many of my classmate's websites and they were all created with care and the voice of the creator really comes across, which reminded me of the COVA model.
With the COVA model, the learner has the opportunity to choose and take ownership of their own authentic learning experiences (Harapnuik, 2018). During the first class, we knew immediately how important our website would be because we would have to publish our assignments and complete blog posts on it. We knew we would be adding to it with each course we took, so we knew this was something we had to do and needed to do it with much thought since it would play such a critical role in successfully completing this program. The COVA model lets each of us have the opportunity to choose and take ownership of our own authentic learning experiences. Allowing us the creative choice in what website creator we chose to use, the freedom in how we created our assignments and blog posts, allowing us to put together our website in a way that spoke true to who we are and what we are trying to accomplish in our careers, is what gave us true ownership.
I know personally I have taken great ownership of my website, visiting it frequently, wondering how I can improve it and constantly adding to it. This ePortfolio is something that I am investing much time and effort into, not just for this program, but for my chosen career field and as a way to showcase what I know.
Harapnuik, D. K., Thibodeaux, T. N., & Cummings, C. D. (2018). Choice, Ownership, and Voice through Authentic Learning Opportunities. Retrieved from http://www.harapnuik.org/?page_id=7291
Robinson, K. (2010). Bring on the Learning Revolution!. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9LelXa3U_I&vl=en