Monday, April 25, 2005

Still Portfolio Time

No, really. Maybe I wasn't clear.
Last week, I was asking about portfolios. But you didn't answer.
I'm still asking -- what are the essential components of a useful student portfolio? Since we'll be building our own portfolios this week, I thought that was a good question to start with. Let's hear what you think.
One idea that I have is to simply code all our portfolio entries as such using subject tags. Then we can create a space either in each blog or on a portal page that will only pull up those portfolio entries. But I don't have the technical expertise to do that.
Help me figure this one out, gang?


Blogger Nancy McKeand said...

All I can do is tell you what our college does for portfolios. Students are to collect one artifact from each of their areas of study each year - one from philosophy, one from religious studies, etc. They also write a reflection each year that is included. Our portfolios are presently actual physical collections of documents, but we hope to go digital soon.

What I did with my eportfolio was set up a new blog and then post the different artifacts as separate posts to the blog. It is a little cumbersome, but it was all I was smart enough to do. You can see mine by going to the link on my regular blog.

I think you could possibly have them post all the artifacts together in one post or in a series of posts on their current blogs. I wouldn't like that, though. Do you have other places for them to store the artifacts? If so, they could just set up a post that links to each of them. That would be easy.

5:48 PM  
Blogger Bud said...


We're going to be doing just what you suggest -- storing our posts in a variety of places and then linking to them in a blog. The question now is -- do we start a new blog for our "portfolios," or do we post them to our current blogs.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Darren Kuropatwa said...

How does this sound Bud:

Let each student use their own blogs to collect the artifacts for their portfolios; using their blogs as a "thinking out loud" space. They could even use their own blogs to craft and edit what they hope will be their final (for the course) portfolio. I think that an individual's blog records the development of their thought over time. It also allows them to get feedback from a wider community which they then incorporate into their thinking.

When they have a "final product" they are ready to submit you create a single "group blog" where each student posts their submission. Over time, this group blog could grow to be a showcase of what the students in your course have done with the tools you've given them.

11:22 PM  

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