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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.

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

Our ‘D2L Basics’ Workshop at the Faculty of Arts

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This post is about how my fellow LT coach at the Faculty of Arts – Hany Ibrahim and I organized and presented a workshop on D2L Basics.  I will take you through the different stages of preparation and then the workshop itself.

What to cover?

First, after answering numerous professors’ questions on how to build a course on D2L, we realized we had to give a session on the very basic stuff, to instruct a bunch of people at the same time, rather than each one of them individually. We decided to cover the topics that regularly came up as questions during our one-on-one sessions and ended up with 5 large areas: Adding content into D2L, Communications with the Class, Creating a Gradebook, Creating a Dropbox, How to Release and Export Final Grades.

How to present?

Next, we had two ideas on how to present the material: as a PowerPoint Presentation or just to show directly how to do these things on D2L using our Sandboxes. After a long consideration, we decided to combine the two as our goal was to make something hands-on and visual. We also printed out hand-outs with instructions from elearn.ucalgary.ca

How to organize?

We set the date of the workshop and collasuccessful-presentationborated closely with our Associate Dean – Dr. Dawn Johnston, who helped us book a room, send out a series of advertising emails around the Faculty of Arts and even organize some catering (coffee and muffins).

How did it go?

It was great! The Workshop ran quite smoothly and received positive feedback.

What could be improved?

What we realized was that PowerPoint Slides are only good for presenting the overall structure of the Workshop, not for showing the sequence of steps a D2L User needs to take. Everything should just be shown on D2L, and the professors can simply rely on hand-outs from elearn.ucalgary.ca for detailed instructions that they can take home with them.

Another issue was the time. The room was booked immediately after our workshop, and we only had 1 hour, which was barely sufficient for the amount of information we were going to present. Consequently, we didn’t have much time for the profs’ questions. However, they had a chance to ask questions during our presentation as we went along.

What next?

Now we are planning another workshop for more advanced D2L users to cover some features professors may be unaware of. We would also like to incorporate the professors’ feedback and questions into it to come up to the expectations of as many people as possible.