Coach Carole Ramblings

Celtic, Mythical and More …


Scoop It! on E-portfolios

Scoop It curations on or about eportfolios are plentiful right now; I’ve gathered a few together for your enjoyment.

Create a Scoop It! for yourself on any topic at:

Please add a comment with other Scoop It! curations on eportfolios or self-directed learning or join my Scoop Its!


Collective learning for #change11

As researchers, we need to fully understand collective learning processes, the factors that affect these, and the emergent nature of collective learning. As practitioners, we have to face the challenges around whether collective learning can be planned, structured, and managed. As learners, we have to understand the inter-relationships between individual and the collective.

My recent experiences with the EpCoP MOOC gave me a headstart in my thinking about collective learning. It is now my belief that collective learning can be planned, structured and managed. We need to have essential ingredients such as a design team willing to working collaboratively, a collective understanding of the purpose of our planning and designing and a common goal as delivery facilitators.

  • We need to have a sponsored project that pushes the design and development along at a pace that enables participants to gather their enthusiasm, their committment and their follow through over a reasonable stretch of time.
  • We need to employ the technology tools that enable collaboration, communication and creation and that each person is comfortable in each of those domains.
  • We need a project management approach to ensure that timelines were met and deliverables and outcomes achieved on time and in budget.
  • We need a cohort of learners who are eager to engage in the learning journey about the collective learning topic.
  • We need plausible and meaningful measures of activity, success and outcomes and innovative methods of sourcing feedback and testimonials along with a wrap up procedure to provide closure for the experience.
  • We need the stamina and ingenuity to see the project through and to ensure that we capture the experience as a reflective practice from launch to closure.

But most of all we need the collective learning of all participants to shape, change, validate, verify, engage and evaluate the total experience quite transparently and openly.

A big thank you to all of our EpCoP MOOC collective!


Reflecting on Eportfolios visually

E-portfolios have loomed large for me this year – they have filled my head space for several months.

I will be doing some workshops and papers on the EpCoP MOOC soon and I have begun my reflections on the experiences. Some of this can be seen in my own blog entries, in the group blog and now in shared spaces online. I’ve added a summary page to The MOOC guide, I am putting together a short  article for publication in an American journal and I’ve submitted and been accepted to present a workshop at ConVerge 11. There is also a white paper being created collaboratively for publication for AAEEBL – so now I am really reflecting on and sharing insights on eportfolios in a myriad of ways.

My thoughts have been about how to do that in more visual ways to engage with viewers at all levels of knowledge and practice with e-portfolios and I was inspired today by some of the graphics shared by guest presenter Ian Smissen on ways in which an e-portfolio approach may be most beneficial in a research project.

Therefore I began looking for advice on what tools I could use to present that reflection – almost immediately upon entering the twitter zone I was greeted by a message from Vance Stevens recommending the use of Make belief comix to provide such imagery. Wanting to make an immediate start on a process for planning and reflecting in the new MOOC Change 11, I jumped right in and produced my very first comix strip:

What other tools could I use to spark my reflective practice?

Commissioner CC: joining the EpCoP Case

Participants in the EpCoP MOOC are getting involved in the Epcop Case – created by Detective Ryan Peterovski and followed by many ‘agents’.

This week I’ve been exploring a few tools to help store the ‘clues’ from the EpCoP Case. I have had some fun and new learning with:

  • Scoop It
  • NetVibes
  • LiveBinders

and have added those as artefacts in my EpCoP MOOC eportfolio page.

Now I’m leaving clues for other places to find my resources for the EpCoP Case – being investigated by Detective Ryan Peterovski – and my most recent clue is showing on the EpCoP Evidence Map. At first I found this task to be complex and confusing, I had used Google Maps before but I had not been able to upload my photo of the evidence to the map. Today I was fortunate to read the instructions from @CaptPoirot in the Novice help Line group in the Ning community and made some headway in this challenge.

Here’s clue number one:

In the old days (pre 2010) I stored most of my artefacts on a USB – yes quaint and old fashioned I know – but it was useful when moving from one computer to the other. Portability and storage was what I was after.

I could create artefacts at work, at home, at a workshop or at a conference then I could save them to my USB. Then I could add them to my eportfolios whenever I liked.

The problem with USBs is they can easily be lost and they fill up really quickly. The other issue I had was what version of the artefact was stored on the USB? I ended up with several versions of the same thing – confusing.

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Scoop It: another wave of collecting

I have been gathering more web based resources, posts, blogs, and tweets fro the web using Scoop It. This has proven to be a most exciting and fun way to do some focussed research. Scoop It is fast gaining followers in the EpCoP MOOC and a few people are now following my latest Scoop It publication called Preparing for self-directed learning.

What I like most about Scoop It is that others can suggest additional scoops to add to your Scoop It – this way the publication can grow collaboratively. You can add your own Scoop It as you proceed in the MOOC – gathering up those web-based resources into the one publication for sharing – neat!

Try it its easy, free and fun!