Frequently Asked Questions
Can I do this on my own time?
YES! I know how busy educators are and so I wanted to create this course so it is self-paced. No matter when you take the course, or when it is completed, you will receive a certificate for 40 credit hours, but more importantly, you will have created a personal portfolio that will be something that can open up many opportunities in the future, and will really push your learning. As I have said, this is by far the best thing I have done professionally. It is not even close.
What if we are using a different platform from WordPress or Edublogs with students?
If you are pursuing digital portfolios with students on any platform, this course will help clarify your path and help define your purpose of why you are doing portfolios, and give you some ideas that will make what you are doing with students better.
That being said, some of the groups I have worked with started with one platform and then started using Wordpress hosted portfolios after my time with them because they saw all of the possibilities for students and themselves, using something that would go beyond "school."
I have been working on this process for ten years and I share a lot of my learning, mistakes, and growth through this process in this course. As I always say, we cannot skip straight to the "teaching" without doing the "learning."
At a minimum, you will have an incredible space of your own through the process.
How will this help my students?
I discuss the benefits of creating digital portfolios could have for students that go beyond school for hours. In fact, I share many of those reasons in the course, such as creating a library of learning, showing growth over time, exhibiting and creating depth of understanding on different ideas and concepts, while also designing opportunities for different forms of evidence and assessment, and so on.
But here is one I want you to consider at this moment, especially when much of the world has shifted online.
Every student we work with right now will be googled for a job or post-secondary at minimum. Many educators have a fear of putting "kids" online, and I understand that. But consider these two ideas;
1) How can we keep kids safe through sharing online if we don't understand the process ourselves?
2) Are we opening up doors for our students to be successful in the world today, or are we limiting them to the opportunities that we had as students?
Why I created this course is so that educators can see all of the benefits for this type of learning for their students for themselves, but also, so they can safely guide their students from experience and see the value of this process beyond "doing school."
If a student doesn't want a space online, I totally respect that. It should always ultimately be up to the student. But, if they do want to create that space, are we able to guide them in an effective manner, or do we keep that door closed?
What if I have nothing good to share?
This is one comment I hear all of the time and I get it. I have been sharing my learning for ten years and I still get anxiety about the process. But that anxiety actually helps me try to understand different sides of what I share. I also have learned that if I get caught up in sharing things that I think will go "viral," I have lost sight of the process. I share my learning in hopes of helping others.
But back to the idea, "I have nothing good to share." If you had the interview for your dream job (which might be the job you are in right now), and I asked you, "Tell me some of the best things you do in your work," you would never reply with, "I have nothing good to share." You wouldn't brag, but you also wouldn't keep your learning hidden.
One video that I love and has really helped me to understand the value of sharing my contributions to the world is this video by Derek Sivers titled, "Obvious to You, Amazing to Others." Simply stated, Sivers shares "So maybe what's obvious to me, is amazing to someone else."
Your ideas are worth sharing!
Those are just some of the questions that I have been receiving, and as Matt shared, I also have been connecting with participants as they go through the program. This is something I am really passionate about and I love seeing the process unfold in others!
Also, you can check out this video endorsement from Lauren Kaufman, who is creating a wonderful portfolio from her learning.
I look forward to seeing what you create and sharing your learning with others!