Checklist


Click on this link to see if you have what it takes to start an ePortfolio.

Need help getting started?


In this course, you'll be treating you blog as your portfolio. The purpose of your blog is to capture everything on daily bases or weekly that happens in the classroom or outside or even at home. Your blog post can have things like:
  1. pictures (your own)
  2. videos (your own)
  3. links to other website that you found useful or you referred to in understanding a concept or researching a new topic or subject.
  4. your reflections on
    • what happened in class today
    • what was your contribution
    • what did you like
    • what you didn't like
    • what did you learn, you can use pictures/videos you would have taken in class to use here
    • what made the topic interesting, what things made it boring
    • you can also write about any other thing you did in class
    • Here are some questions to guide you through the reflective writing process:
  • What was my aim in starting/doing this activity?
  • What did I do? A record of events that occurred in the process.
  • Why did I choose this approach or this way of doing this activity?
  • How did I prepare for the activity?
  • What was I aiming to get out of this experience?
  • What did I do next?
  • What were the reasons for doing that?
  • How successful was it?
  • How would I know if I had achieved my goal?
  • What alternatives were there?
  • Could I have dealt with the situation any better?
  • How would I do it differently next time?
  • What do I feel about the whole experience?
  • What knowledge/values/skills were demonstrated/learnt?
  • How did the teacher feel about it
  • What sense can I make of this in the light of my past experience?
  • Has this changed the way in which I will do things in the future?
(The questions above adopted from: McClure, P. (2008). Reflection on practice, download.)

Useful links:
  1. The types of ePortfolios: http://academic.regis.edu/LAAP/eportfolio/basics_types.htm
  2. Creating an ePortfolio: http://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/content/2_AssessmentTasks/assess_tuts/eportfolios/create.html
  3. Contents: http://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/content/2_AssessmentTasks/assess_tuts/eportfolios/content.html
  4. Strategies for developing an ePortfolio: http://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/content/2_AssessmentTasks/assess_tuts/eportfolios/strategies.html
  5. Reflective writing: http://www.rlo-cetl.ac.uk:8080/IntraLibrary?command=open-preview&learning_object_key=i07n4563t

Note:


You can choose to mix your blog a bit using the tools you have. For example to can use your Webcam and record most of the things above and post it to Youtube and then embed it in your blog and write about things you may have missed out on.

1. Getting started with Google

Google Account


If you don't already have a Google Account, please create one by clicking on this link: Create Google Account

Note:

While creating any new account (Google, etc) please use your real name. For creating Google account please use firstname.lastname or lastname.firstname as your username. If these are taken please try for something that is close to your name.

Not sure how .... follow the instructions on the slide below:



Having a Google account gives you access to tools like Gmail, Google Calender, Google Docs, Google Reader and Blogger. These are some of the tools you'll be using in this course.


2. Accessing Google Picasa

What is Picasa?


Google Picasa is a free online service for storing and sharing pictures. Google Picasa also has an offline package that you could download, this gives you video editing power before uploading the picture to Picasa. Picasa offers you 1 gig of storage space, you can buy more storage if needed. Download the offline client (optional you can use the web version).

To access Picasa via the web, the address is: www.picasaweb.google.com, login with your Google Username and Password.

Not sure how to use it?


Refer to this link, you'll need to login first to access the guide.

3. Blogging


With Google, you also get a Blogger account, to access your Blogger account, visit: Blogger, sign in using your Google username and password.

Customising Blogger.com