Reflections on Creating an E-Portfolio

The final assignment in ETAD470 was to create an e-portfolio. During the creation of my e-portfolio I learned several things:

Man in "Creative Commons" glasses

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I learned about assigning copyright and creative commons licenses on my work through scribd.com. I made most of my documents, including lesson plans, available under the “Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike” license which allows others to “remix, tweak, and build upon my work non-commercially, as long as they credit me and license their new creations under the identical terms.”

Copyright Locked

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However, I did place “Traditional Copyright: All rights reserved” on two documents which were academic papers with ideas gathered and synthesized from other sources.  I felt that the ideas in those documents should be cited if used academically, as someone could stumble upon them and use them in their university work, and I support academic integrity as expected of universities. In addition, I also learned that on scribd.com I could disallow copy/paste abilities from my documents if I chose.Although I’ve learned a lot, I still have much to learn in the area of copyright/licensing of works.

html tattoo

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I learned, by experimentation, a bit of HTML coding, solely because I needed figure out how to change the font on some pages to unify them with the rest of the site. I also used HTML to link directly to my blog and from a title page on my e-portfolio, and vice versa. I created a screencast, (another something I learned to do) using Screencast-O-Matic, to share this info, as we were all struggling with it when working on our assignments in class.(I am still working on embedding the video here so please click on the above link titled “screencast.”)

I’m learning about topics, subjects, content and also practical technological and communication skills while working on this assignment. Although the actual time collecting and aggregating the documents was minimal, I spent hours and hours adding, changing, researching, discovering HTML and of course playing with themes and settings. Actually, it’s very addicting, although others may not agree. This is another assignment (in addition to this blog) from ETAD470 that I will never really be completed as I can add, review, reflect on and share my e-portfolio with family, friends and colleagues.

So, without further ado, here is the link to my e-portfolio, or you can click the page title “e-portfolio” above and it will take you directly to it. My screencast is for anyone who would like to do the same.

5 Comments

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5 Responses to Reflections on Creating an E-Portfolio

  1. jub574

    Allison that was great! You put a lot of great information in there – I have not made one on these, but would like to start one. I think an eportfolio is a great way for someone to learn about you and see some of your experience – great job!

  2. Carla Mysko

    Allison, your ePortfolio is great! You have done a really nice job and the layout looks good. You’ve included so many great plans and samples of your work. Whatever school gets you will be very lucky because your enthusiasm really shows. Good luck to you.

  3. John Lintott

    Copyright was certainly one of the interesting things we learned in that class. I don’t know about you, but I found it a little intimidating to make content that I had to copyright, as if it was somehow official now and I was going to see some one using it soon. You feel the same way?

    Also, as I’m sure everyone is telling you, your e-portfolio was very well done. You definitely need to make sure future employers see it.

    • Allison de Hoop

      I thought it was a little bit intimidating yes, but also I felt important in the world, like I was contributing to something. I also realized that I probably would never know it if someone used what I had posted, and that it wouldn’t really affect me apart from one of those potential “small world” connections/experiences through conversation. If it was my goal to make money off of the content then my feelings would be different. I think that publishing and licensing work online could be a way to help students who maybe need help with self-esteem or self-efficacy issues. Any thoughts?

  4. Greg

    I think it’s great to be able to navigate copyright online, and I think I would definitely teach my students about creative commons and copyright. And I think it’s good that you are putting share and remix on your work. That’s one of the exciting aspects of the Internet.