For well over a year, we have had a fantastic electronic portfolio software sitting idly for faculty, staff, and students here at Maricopa to put to use.
This is the same MyEport developed at Chandler-Gilbert Community College by the brilliant Audree Thurman. It has uncommons features of blogs inside an eport, RSS all over the place, embedding of RSS feed content in pages, automatic streaming media, podcast generation, wiki page types, quizzes and polls, and more.
At Chandler-Gilbert Community College the have actually extended the functionality there to be the editing platform for their college web site, what they call a “webport” so that individuals have the editing control over department and program web pages vis some friendly easy tools.
But I digress.
This semester there has been a steady increase of eport account creation by students, especially a lot of Art students from Phoenix College and Paradise Valley Community College. With some free time, i’d really like to comb through here, as students are posting some fantastic eport artifacts of their work, and posting reflections in the blog pages.
We ran some faculty workshops last year, with some, but not significant uptake. But this morning we announced by email a hands on workshop for late February 2006 – and it filled in three hours, plus I have processed faculty account requests for 4 other people who just must have heard about it.
This is good news that the interest is finally perking up in eportfolios.
Another angle we are working to get people in related to the upcoming NMC Conference on Educational Gaming. We are sponsoring the registration of maybe 10 faculty. Over the last year, we’ve been working in getting participants in these events we sponsor to do more than take the free ticket; we are asking for them to bring back and electronically share information. Last April we asked participants in the NMC Online Conference on Visual Literacy to post session reports on a wiki site— this was marginally successful, but a lot of people had some wiki-loathing.
So for the NMC conference, we are asking each person we are registering to create a Maricopa ePortfolioa ccount, and within there, create a blog page type that they can use to journal their experiences in the online conference. It is kind of a backdoor way of getting people into doing eport activity. See the tidbits and instructions posted just today. We could easily rip and mix the RSS feeds from their eports, and that is likely coming soon.
Maybe next week, I’ll have some time to pull out some interesting eport examples going on in there, but the whole site is wide open to browsing.