So based on student feedback I need to change how the Mahara ePortfolio is introduced to the MSc Applied Elearning students. It has only dawned on me that my method of teaching this was putting emphasis on the technology before the pedagogy. I had introduced the Mahara technology without really devising an activity to get the students to form understanding of what a portfolio consists of.
So based on this next time I will do the following:
1. Discuss what a portfolio is (collection of learning evidence/artefacts)
2. Get the student to write about ‘hopes, fears motivations’ in a word file (as an artefact) which they can later copy/paste into ePortfolio.
3. Give the students activity of writing up of part of their ‘elearning philosophy’ independently after class. Also ask them to look for images/files/videos of interest for their ePortfolio. They can bring these to the Mahara technology tutorial to upload into the ePortfolio system.
4. At the Mahara technology tutorial (students can upload their previous pieces of writing).
a. First get students to create blog for ‘elearning philosophy’ (copy paste previous written piece here).
b. Create blog for ‘hopes fears motivations’ (copy paste previous written piece here).
c. Create blog for ‘ongoing/continuing learning’ for the module. First entry on this can be ‘learning so far’. This blog can provide ongoing reflections during the programme
5. Then create the View entitled ‘MSc Applied eLearning Introduction’, add 3 blogs(above) to this view
6. Then ‘Edit view access’. Add viewing access to MSc student group or public