Creating an eportfolio has been quite a challenge. It’s like the nursery song from Lamb Chop “This is the song that never ends, it goes on and on my friends.” (Martin, 1988) Once you start your eportofilo there is no official end. Your projects never seem quite finished or complete. This is how all education and learning environments should be, a living document that will constantly be updated and improved. This is hard to wrap my head around when my natural personality is task completion. Eportfolios would have been beneficial for me to create 10 years ago when I was first started my career in education. It would have been insightful to see my growth and the technology advancements I have used in the classroom.
There is something powerful to having colleagues and others working in a similar field having the opportunity to give feedback and critiques. (Harapnuik) In order to grow not only in a career setting, but personal is well, we have to be open to feedback. Many times our vision can be tunneled especially when working on something for extended period of time. It is hard to step outside of project and view it in a different light. I have already completely changed the layout and information with excellent feedback, I have received. And sometimes if the feedback conflicts, you just have to go with your gut.
I found it odd that others have linked Learning management systems and eportfolio’s as one in the same. (Harapnuik, Making Meaningful Connections in An Eportfolio, 2015) They serve completely different purposes. The learning management system has a larger array of information in one place such as grades, assignments, and discussions. When you submit an assignment to an LMS, you are restricted with owning the assignments. Depending on the LMS platform, only a few people may be able to view your assignments, such as this class. One of the beautiful things about an eportfolio is you have much more flexibility and choice. The LMS’s restrict many options and restricts your ownership. With these restrictions, there is complete, emphasis on the grade or credit, which depletes the benefits of creating an eportfolio.
Harapnuik, D. (2015, 26 May). Making Meaningful Connections in An Eportfolio. Retrieved from Harapnuik.org: http://www.harapnuik.org/?p=5790
Harapnuik, D. (n.d.). Harapunuik.org. Retrieved from http://www.harapnuik.org/?page_id=5977
Martin, N. (1988). Bussongs.com. Retrieved from Lamb Chops Playhouse: http://bussongs.com/songs/this-is-the-song-that-never-ends.php