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In this interactive session, Michael Paskevicius guides participants getting started with WordPress. This session is designed to get participants started on designing and creating ePortfolios.

In this interactive session, Michael Paskevicius guides participants getting started with WordPress. This session is designed to get participants started on designing and creating ePortfolios.

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    Introduction to Wordpress ePortfolios Introduction to Wordpress ePortfolios Presentation Transcript

    • Professional Practice ePortfolios Prepared by: Michael Paskevicius Learning Technologies Application Developer Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning Vancouver Island University
    • Agenda • • • • Quick review of ePortfolios Planning to build A look at possible ePortfolio software Begin building!
    • ePortfolios defined • A selective set of online, reflective, integrative, and personal documents that present how you have developed as a scholar-teacher in your discipline • Offers evidence of your accomplishments and activities across all aspects of your academic life (research, teaching, and service) and outlines your growth • Extends your CV and provides future employers with a comprehensive portrait of your academic training, achievements, and future career goals • A living document that needs to be modified over time Bauer, G. (2011) Elements of A Professional Academic E-Portfolio. Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Delaware. Available online: http://www2.udel.edu/e-portfolios/sites/udel.edu.e-portfolios/files/users/user19/epelements11j.pdf
    • Moving from “file cabinet portfolio” to “showcase portfolio”
    • What types of documents/resources have you identified to share on your ePortfolio? • Papers and writing samples of various types-descriptive, persuasive, etc. • Professional goals statement • Internship and work experience • Video and audio clips • Spreadsheet and database projects • Group projects • Research projects and researchrelated writing • Photographs, images, artwork • Community service work • Public speaking examples • Leadership experience, qualities, and examples • Academic awards and honors • Reflective essays • Examples of problem solving • Memberships in professional organizations • Journal/blog entries • Examples of technology-related skills • Graphics of information-charts, time lines, concept diagrams • Language skills
    • Artefacts and Reflections • An eportfolio is more than just gathering artifacts together • Eportfolio development should be a process of generating new or deeper learning by reflecting on one’s existing learning and experiences • Both a product (a digital collection of artifacts) and a process (of reflecting on those artifacts and what they represent) Uwaterloo.ca. (2001). ePortfolios: What, Why, and How | Centre for Teaching Excellence. [online] Retrieved from: https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-teaching-excellence/resources/integrative-learning/eportfolios-what-why-and-how [Accessed: 7 Feb 2014].
    • ePortfolio structure Teaching, Research, Service, Other
    • Ready to start building?
    • Potential ePortfolio software platforms
    • • 19 percent of websites on the internet are powered by Wordpress • Based on open-source technologies (PHP and MYSQL) • Active and vibrant developer community • Plugin and theme marketplace • Highly flexible and adaptable tool for creating websites
    • Why use the VIU Wordpress network for your eportfolio? – Hosted on campus – Compliant with FIPPA – Capitan login – Under the viu.ca domain – Secure and backed up regularly by IT Why not use the VIU Wordpress network for your eportfolio? – You require a special URL – You want to administer plugins and themes Options: wordpress.com, blogger.com, weebly.com or your own server
    • The VIU Wordpress network http://wordpress.viu.ca/SarahsBlog http://wordpress.viu.ca/ http://wordpress.viu.ca/MGMT210 http://wordpress.viu.ca/Chemistry You can define the portion of the URL which follows http://wordpress.viu.ca/
    • Blogs and ePortfolios available for both faculty and students http://wordpress.viu.ca/ http://studentblogs.viu.ca/
    • Title and tagline of the site Site pages Sidebar Recent posts http://wordpress.viu.ca/guppy/
    • Site pages Static text for current students http://wordpress.viu.ca/limi/
    • Site pages No sidebar in use http://wordpress.viu.ca/timgoater/
    • Web view Author view (logged in)
    • https://wordpress.viu.ca/ Create a new site
    • https://wordpress.viu.ca/wp-login.php Login with your Capitan account
    • The site name becomes part of your URL and must be lowercase with no spaces. Allow discoverability in Google and visibility options The site title is displayed by default at the top of your blog and may contain spaces.
    • Click here to go to your new website
    • Access your site dashboard Create a new page
    • Wordpress Dashboard Create a new post/page Create or view posts Summary of blog activity Create or view pages Change appearance Recent comments
    • Page versus Post • Pages are static and are not listed by date. Pages are often listed at the top of the blog in a menu. Pages do not use categories and tags but can be organized in a hierarchy. • Posts are entries listed in reverse chronological order on the blog home page by default. Post are automatically organized by date but can be furthermore assigned to categories and tags. http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/
    • Start building pages for your eportfolio
    • Set the home view to a static page • Access you site Dashboard then • Settings  Reading  “Front page displays”
    • Themes
    • Use images to bring your posts to life Work found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Sower.jpg / CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)
    • Make sure Creative Commons is selected http://compfight.com
    • ePortfolio documentation on wiki https://mediawiki.viu.ca/wiki/Professional_Teaching_Practice_Portfolios
    • Wordpress documentation on wiki https://mediawiki.viu.ca/wiki/Wordpress_Help
    • References Bauer, G. (2011) Elements of A Professional Academic E-Portfolio. Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Delaware. Available online: http://www2.udel.edu/eportfolios/sites/udel.edu.e-portfolios/files/users/user19/epelements11j.pdf Uwaterloo.ca. (2001). ePortfolios: What, Why, and How | Centre for Teaching Excellence. [online] Retrieved from: https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-teachingexcellence/resources/integrative-learning/eportfolios-what-why-and-how [Accessed: 7 Feb 2014]. USDOE. (2011). Artifacts: Collect, Select, and Connect - Eportfolio Resource Center. [online] Retrieved from: https://sites.google.com/site/resourcecentereportfolio/artifacts [Accessed: 7 Feb 2014]. Icons: The Noun Project, available under Creative Commons or Public Domain licenses, http://thenounproject.com/