So, I’m jumping right back into the ed tech fray in this new position. As always, I tend to assess things from two viewpoints- that of an educator and that of a learner. I’ve had quite the personal learning saga trying to find an alternative path to licensure and graduate coursework, and it directly relates to how students today personalize their learning.
This weekend, I enrolled in my first MOOC course through Coursera’s “Foundations of Teaching for Learning 2: Being a Teacher”. I did sign on and pay the $29 for the “Signature Track” option to test out this way of verifying online coursework. My plan is to complete the 6 course series and apply for the Commonwealth Education Trust certificate. Does that help here in the good ol’ US of A? Not yet, but I’m hopeful that we are on the path within Thompson School District to not only offer alternative routes to education for students, but also for professionals. (Read: I want my position and salary to reflect my expertise, not just a formal degree or certification.) There will be hurdles to overcome, but I think it is possible now within the innovation zone structure or charter school model.
Through the course discussion forums, I’ve been introduced to two online portfolio tools. The plan at E3 Learning CO to date has been to use WordPress for student portfolio development. I think that will still remain an important component of demonstrating and reflecting on learning, but I am excited about these online systems as a way to professionally package self-directed learning artifacts, MOOCs, and traditional education for both myself and students in the E³ program.
- Professional, resume-like profile view.
- Showcases all kinds of learning- traditional, online, etc.
- Uses and endorsement structure similar to LinkedIn.
- Ability to log vast amounts of educational content import- degrees, MOOCs, online badges, books, articles, etc.
- Gives ‘points’ for conferences and events, as well as more traditional learning modes.
- Connects with a comprehensive list of online learning sites like Khan Academy, Codeacademy, Coursera, and many more.
My major concern with the two sites is longevity. Will this be around long enough to support independent learners as they progress through to the workforce? Will one or the other “win” out?
For now, I’m maintaining my own digital portfolio in triplicate- WordPress, Accredible, and Degreed. My personal favorite right now is Accredible because it bridges the gap between traditional and unconventional educational methods and allows learners to showcase both in a professional format that employers will be able to easily navigate.
Are you using any of these sites personally? Are you using them with students? Are you an employer comfortable hiring based on these portfolios?