A serene picture to help calm me - love the stillness of it. Picture from flickr licensed under Creative Commons
Just been inspired by Carole McCulloch to join Steve Hardagon’s Mighty Bell experience. Have just signed on which was a very simple exercise and am now waiting the one day it takes to to be approved before moving into step 2.
Am feeling pretty overwhelmed with things at the moment and not keeping up with the EpCoPMOOC very well but hopefully with my Alice Springs trip out of the way and the Brainfood Conference presentation and the presentation at the E-Standards group meeting and the first session of the EMR ementor group organised and the new eChamp interviewed and signed on, marking almost up-to-date, student field visits rolling along, online sessions for Cert III and Diploma groups organised and also the Committee of Management online fortnightly sessions organised for the CHAOS project etc etc I am almost up-to-date! However, when I see how much CMcC has on her plate and she can make time to take on the Mighty Bell challenge then who am I to complain! I must say – i do work better under pressure! Just need to be more organised so hopefully the Mighty Bell experience will assist with that!
I did manage to attend the Online session on Tuesday on Desire-to-learn and Vumi eportfolio programs. It was a really informative session. Both programs have a lot to offer and Ian’s presentation on the how and why of eportfolios was excellent. Now all it needs is for me to decide if I am going to keep on with mahara or set up a Google sites eportfolio. The amount of stuff to put up there is very daunting so I will do it in small steps – just get the site up and organised and then each day move a few more items up there. Even if I just get them scanned ans filed on my portable hard drive that will be a big step.
Well, I have ticked one thing off my list now – I have added to this blog!
I am moving quietly into week 2 of the epCoP MOOC. have not had much chance to do anything yet, but looking forward to doing it at the weekend wheni can devote some quality time to it.
I achieved Level 1 status - go me!
Seem to be already behind the eight ball! Except for managing to attend the online session on Tuesday in week 2, I did not get anything done and now we are rocketing through week 3! Was unable to attend the Tuesday online session on Mahara which was a shame as I really wanted to go to that but can catch up via the recording and picking Liz’s brains as she did attend. I had put my name down for a de-cluttering workshop which I thought was pretty-well mandatory for me lol! Time will tell if it has been beneficial but already I plan to take the first step which is to put away/throw out etc 5 items a day. I am going to do that at work and at home. Small steps into a muddled mind! In fact I might start right after I complete this blog – there is a mountain of paper on my desk which looks like it needs a home or filing under WPB!
Reading and watching suggested videos
What have I been doing:
- Since starting this posting I have set aside a couple of hours and tackled the reading and suggested videos for week 2 as a way of trying to catch up. I enjoyed the Helen Barret video especially. Ever since I was lucky enough to hear her at the first eportfolio conference in Melbourne some years ago when I had no idea what they were about except that they sounded good, I have admired her and followed her doings. This video was a good refresher for me – she always speaks so plainly and with such basic good sense that I go away thinking anything is possible!
- Visiting sample eportfolios – what a rich array of choices! ShanShan Deng’s visually beautiful butterfly eportfolio appealed to my senses and was utterly right for an artist. I was using Firefox which would not download the media Player plugin required so I missed out on seeing some of the mulitmedia presentations. This reminded me of the importance of choosing media files that were accepted universally by all browsers. I thought Sarah Stewart’s wikispaces EPF plain but very functional with information easy to see. She used different pages for each topic which is a good idea as I know that she could have put logins on selected pages thus only revealing certain pages for different purposes. She had it all open but wikispaces does give this facility to close pages which is a relatively new and useful feature for EPFs. I also thought Carole McCulloch’s Google sites was well set out and easy to navigate. I am wondering if Google sites lets you close pages – this would be a drawback if this were not possible. Something to find out from the online classroom session tomorrow night if I can make it.
This is my third attempt to get this blog posting complete so hopefully this will be the time I actually post it up!
- I did manage to attend the last part of last night’s excellent online presentation on Google sites and I found the answer to my question about whether Google Sites lets you close pages – the answer is yes. I am intending to view the whole session again as I missed Christine Dix’s part and also to re-look at some of the fabulous suggestions that came through the chat text as well as from the two presenters.
- I have now also listened to Radio EpCoP sessions for Levels 1 and 2 and was again reminded what a useful tool podcasting can be – especially Podomatic which is so simple to use and manage. What a great eportfolio reflection tool! Maybe I can use it here?
- In my voyages around the learnspace also found a great resource suggested somewhere in the ePCoP MOOC about how to blog. It was called “How to format blog posts effectively” Thanks to saving it to my De.licio.us bookmarking tool, I found it again easily. From now on, I am going to make sure I refer to it every time I blog and blog as effectively as I can.
At this point I am starting to lean heavily towards wanting to set up a Google Sites eportfolio and have commented aboutwhy I think this on the Carole’s posting. It is mainly because it appears so user-friendly, has specific EPF templates and is customisable as I like to do my design graphics and tinker around in the html and CSS.
I think I can now successfully say I have comprehensively covered the Level 2 challenge and can now move on to the Level 3 tasks before we slip into Level 4!
Level 2 Achieved
Leaping into learning
Joined up to the epcop mooc and am busily engaged in sifting through the mountains of information that are on the various sites, Ning etc. Really looking forward to getting started with the business. Attended the initial online session and enjoyed meeting up with the challenge mentors and Coach Carole. Bit like old home week for me but am loving just being a participant and working through it all. An impressive amount of work has been completed on the site – what a wealth of information! My main concern is being able to keep up with it all with my other commitments but I will give it my best shot!
- The road ahead
I joined this WordPress Blog some time ago meaning to get back into blogging in a big way and look how long it has taken me to get started! However, I have joined the EpCoP MOOC and we are required to blog as part of the learning process so this has galvanised me into getting this blog back up and running.
It seems fairly user-friendly and I am starting to get the hang of what it will look like. No doubt I will spend many useless hours trying out all the themes but its what I like doing. Just have to make sure I remember to blog as well!
I have made a little resolution to myself that I will blog at least once a week as a minimum. This is the same strategy that works for me with exercising. I set myself to walk at least 3 times a week. I can usually manage that and if I do more that is a bonus. If I set myself a target of walking every day, then of course there will be days when I cant and that just makes me feel like I have failed and tend to give up. I am hoping that this tactic of setting smaller bite-sized chunks of goals – or objectives, works with the blogging!
It will be easier having a road to follow in my blog – eg I have to blog primarily about the EpCoP MOOC journey so that will keep me focused.