At UAL they have a pretty ‘fully featured’ set of organisational tools for blogging, online submission and an E portfolio system.
I say fully featured, that’s not to say necessarily robust or entirely fit for purpose but never the less there was a tool set.
At Falmouth we don’t seem to have any of these tools ‘in house’.
And so I find myself posing the question. Should We?
I mean the simple answer you would think would be yes? Right?
But I’m not so sure.
At least not with all of the above.
An online submission system… thats a yes… thats a no brainer I think. Submission requirements and Quality Assurances around submission mean that all Uni’s should have a robust approach to submitting and holding those submissions. There is an obvious organisational requirement for that…
But blogging and E portfolio might be a different fish kettle.
I posed this question to the Association of Learning Technologists [ALT] mailing list (which if you are an Ed Tech / Learning Tech specialist you should definitely be on… it provides an excellent digest of LT issues and discussions and the members enthusiasm to support one another and resolve issues and discuss best practice is second to none).
The ALT thread yielded some really interesting discussion and recommendations against my desired feature list :
WordPress seemed like a strong candidate, with other votes for Mahara, Google sites and Evernote… (and our Ed TEch team here at FU are spinning up an organisational install of WP on the back of the thread… so thanks guys 🙂 however in the interim I have thought a bit further into the problem and have come to an alternative conclusion…
The problem is with the ‘in house’ approach here is the ‘portability’ of the solution.
As a student I don’t want to invest time and effort in a blog or a portfolio I can’t take with me using the same URLs I have built my ‘following / discussion group’ around.
Equally having an in house portfolio system means that I can’t interact with the wider professional creative world… like the opportunities afforded by Behance, square space or any of the other ‘global’ providers….
And so I have come to the conclusion that a better approach is to foster the use of and support ‘extra-curricular’ tools.. ones that our students can take forwards, not be left looking backwards at….
At the moment I’m quite excited by the idea of handling this through the Adobe CC route… particulalry as Adobe Portfolio has now been added to bolster Behance – and I’m trying to foster the better use of the CC integrated tool set here… if we are already using PS, AI, ID etc why not harness the integration of apps like CC capture, the Cloud storage, Libraries and the built in networking of the Adobe online provision?
I’m keen to get our grads set up online with portfolios for the grad show… we are selling our ability to produce ’employable’ graduates after all…
I’ll let you know how that works out….
Keep it Ed Tech 😛