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ePortfolio Series – Episode 2: What Are Available Platforms at U of C?

There are mainly two platforms available at U of C which are specifically tailored for ePortfolio:

UCalgary ePortfolio:

UCalgary ePortfolio is your personal flexible digital space for reflecting, documenting, representing, collaborating, and sharing your learning. You can decide what to collect here such as documents, graphics, audio files, videos, presentations, course work, etc. But these collections are much more than a bunch of stuff. It’s about organizing what you collect to show a process of learning over a period of time. It can also relate to your participation in specific academic fields or experiences outside of your academic career.

Instructions to create your ePortfolio site on UCalgary ePortfolio can be found here.

If you have any question, please email: tiapps@ucalgary.ca

D2L  ePortfolio:

Demonstrate life-long learning and capture your personal and academic achievements with the D2L ePortfolio, which is a personal portfolio tool for storing, organizing, reflecting on, and sharing items that present your learning. You can include documents, graphics, videos, audios, presentations, etc. that showcase your gain skills and qualifications in certain area. You can decide what items you want to include in your ePortfolio, how you want to organize them, and who you want to share them with. Through D2L ePortfolio you can create artifacts (individual items), collections (groups of items), reflections (thoughts on your learning), and presentations (private website showcasing your achievements). All these items can be shared with others by providing them with permission to view, comment on, assess and edit.

The D2L ePortfolio document will walk you through a series of screenshots that will help you to build an ePortfolio in D2L, where you can begin to reflect on your learning journey over time. You can download ePortfolio in D2L User Guide Basic here.

ePortfolio Series – Episode 1: What is ePortfolio?

Hi there,
My name is Mohammad. I am the ePortfolio coach at the Schulich School of Engineering and this is the first episode of a series on ePortfolio. Through this series of posts, I am going to introduce you to ePortfolio and its benefits for your personal, professional, and educational development. I will also assist you with setting up a compelling ePortfolio and will list available platforms at the University of Calgary.

Having an ePortfolio has recently become one of the most effective ways to organize works you have done and to share them with others. ePortfolio is a process of generating deeper learning and planning for personal, professional, and educational development. It is also a product (an electronic collection) of learning evidences such as essays, photos, videos, assignments, etc.

ePortfolio enables you to plan ahead, collect learning evidences, self-assess your learning outcomes, make connection between your curricular and extracurricular activities, and reflect on the works you are most proud of through a structured and supported process. In fact, the process of creating an ePortfolio assists you to clearly define and understand your strengths and weaknesses. By continuing to add to your ePortfolio, you will be able to see where you began, and how far you have come!

For more information, please visit my site. Also, watching the following video tutorials is helpful (and fun!) for understanding ePortfolio better.

Useful softwares to record your educational videos

Here is a list of some useful softwares that help you creating an exciting video for your class.
1- Camtasia (Video editor, screnn recording, effects)

https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-9-3-record-edit-share.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1s5GWW4vlI 

2- Snagit (Screen recording)

https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-snagit-13-quickly-capture-your-screen.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0ElBZZcMoA

3- Powtoon (quick animated videos)

https://www.powtoon.com/tutorials/

 

4-Articulate storyline (Interactive videos, quizzes, adaptable with D2L and SCORM)

https://articulate.com/360/storyline

 

Nedal Marei

Who am I?

Judy Tran

Hello there! My name is Judy Tran and I am the Learning Technologies Coach for the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning . I’d like to tell you a bit about myself and my work here at the University of Calgary.

Who am I?

I am a third-year undergraduate student in the Faculty of Kinesiology. I got looped into this exciting job because of my interest in teaching. It is my hope to eventually graduate (after who knows how many years) and become a teacher, so when I saw the opportunity to work as a Learning Technologies Coach for the Taylor Institute, I immediately thought this was the perfect position for me. So what exactly does this job entail and why would I be so eager to be involved with the Taylor Institute? This question brings us to the next section of:

What do I do?

Each faculty on campus has or is in the process of hiring their own Coach, and part of the job description is to help faculty members with integrating technology into their classes. This can include providing guidance on using a tool to enhance the way their class is taught, like using Padlet.com as an annotation tool. The Taylor Institute is a fantastic environment to consider ideas of technology integration – the Learning Studios are really innovative spaces that are equipped with technology and designed for flexibility.

My role as a Coach within the building is to understand how to use the technology we have, and how to help instructors and workshop facilitators use the technology to their advantage to support and encourage learning. One project of mine that is my pride and joy was making a course trailer this past summer for a Kinesiology class I had taken the winter prior. I also act as a first line of contact for instructors over the course of a semester in the event that they need technological support. Many of my tasks are filtered through to me from my colleagues in the EDU, so if you are interested in having an extra pair of hands on board, don’t hesitate to mention my name.

 

I hope this provides a little more clarity on the role of Learning Technology Coaches. As mentioned before, there is a Coach for each faculty so take the time to find out who yours is. We’re here as a foundation of support and we’ve been involved in lots of cool projects so I encourage you to take advantage of this readily available resource!

Trailers? Trailers!

One of the things a lot of the technology coaches have been working on through the summer is helping faculties and their members produce trailers for their courses and programs.

A trailer? Why would you do that?

The simple truth is that students, either current or prospective, often don’t have time to read through the stack of paper they get at the beginning of the semester. Calendar entries are couched in the vocabulary of experts in a particular area – there’s no real effort to explain to somebody who doesn’t know anything about the field yet what a particular course or program is all about.

Enter the trailer

The solution a lot of post-secondaries have hit upon is to produce a course trailer – a short video which explains what the course is all about to people just starting the course or who are starting to think about it.

Think about how movie studios advertise their films to the public – they’re able to produce 30-second “spots” which are incisive, informative, and (hopefully) capture the spirit and plot of the film to encourage the audience to go see the entire work once it’s released. This is the educational equivalent.

There are a lot of course trailers out there already – here are a couple of my favourites:

At the University of Calgary

I spent part of my summer working with my colleagues, Haboun Bair and Ykje Piera getting people onto the course trailer bandwagon. We’ve done two mini-workshops with the Learning Technologies Coaches to show them how to make them, as well as another one with faculty members here at the Taylor Institute. We’re likely to hold more as we go.

We’ve also had two course trailers finished and released. While they’re not posted for public consumption yet, the reception has been really good. We’re looking forward to seeing where people run with this project.

 

Introducing the technology coaches

This blog is intended as a channel for coaches working in the Learning Technologies Faculty Support Program at the University of Calgary to share any of the cool things they’re working on which can be made public.

Over the last year, our coaches have been working hard with the faculties who’ve hired them to understand the needs of their faculty members and staff. I’m excited to have them share what they’ve been working on!