Reflection on the Process
Here are my reflections on the process of creating this electronic portfolio. In reality, this is the eighteenth tool I have used to publish my e-portfolio on the Web, although the first one I have used in more than a year and a half. So, some of the content has been updated.
Here is how I originally developed the first version of this portfolio, in the Maricopa MyePort system: I spent an evening going through my web pages and my hard drive (my digital archive) to select the specific artifacts that I wanted to use in my portfolio. I set up an Excel spreadsheet that let me list the artifacts (21 in all) and then create hyperlinks to each URL.
Portfolio at a glance-Excel
After creating the list with the URLs, I added comments in Excel to represent the captions for each artifact. I played around with converting the document into HTML, but spent too much time fighting the Microsoft style sheet codes. So I just converted the document into PDF, which I will use on the WWW. I uploaded the Excel spreadsheet to this portfolio as a document, but I might prefer using the PDF.
Portfolio at a Glance - PDF
After selecting the artifacts, I tried to identify which competencies or skills each artifact demonstrates. I found five or six major categories right now, maybe more when I think about it. But the major categories have emerged. (See the scanned version of the document used to classify these artifacts.) Now, all I have to do it create a collection for each grouping, and write an overall reflection plus record the captions. Since I had all of the artifacts on one of my websites, all I had to do was capture the URL.
From start to finish this project has taken me an evening, and most of the time was spent in selecting the artifacts and writing the captions. Those aren't really technology issues...they are portfolio issues.
It took me about two hours to finish all of the entries using iWeb, which was mostly a copy/paste job between a previous version of my portfolio and this tool. It even transferred the hyperlinks, automatically converting URLs in the text into links. I used the Blog tool to create the separate entries for each competency. Here is a link to the multiple versions on my online portfolios, called “My Online Portfolio Adventure”:
Updated 6/26/06