Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Question for ePortfolio segment

How many of my classmates have begun organizing past work into an ePortfolio for their own benefit?

Question on ethics

WHy was Disney allowed the freedom to parody the Keaton film and be rewarded, not punished?

Review of Lawrence Lessig's article

Lawrence Lessig

Lessig uses three main ideas in his essay.

We are allowing those most threatened by the use of technology to control it.

Mickey Mouse was Disney’s parody of the Buster Keaton movie.

Dojinshi is a Japanese art form which is the retelling by adding components to existing comics. It is similar to having a jazz composer rewrite a popular song.

Web 2.0 is a retelling of copyrighted material with something new added to it. It is similar to Disney’s efforts and the Japanese comic form, Dojinshi.

Response to Ethics Video

Lessig brings up an interesting premise - that technologies have generally stifled the creativity of its users. Overboard prosecutions of copyright laws have resulted in some ridiculous court rulings. Judges, however, are beginning to move to the other side of the question and are ruling more in favor with the creative, common people. This will especially be helpful as Web 2.0 becomes more and more mainstream.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A response to the video, "E-portfolios for Starters"

This short video is packed with information on the "why" of e-portfolios. The creator does such a good job, that I couldn't wait to start my own. As a matter of fact, I wanted to go through all my documents, presentations, and spreadsheets from the M.Ed. program here at UWA and organize them into one universal portfolio. Watch this video and see the compelling arguments for this tool. It is easy to see that e-portfolios will become a major factor in all school work in the coming years.

Article Review on E-portfolios

Open Source Eportfolio

Meeus, Wil, Questier, Frederik and Derks, Thea(2006) 'Open source eportfolio: development and
implementation of an institution-wide electronic portfolio platform for students', Educational Media International, 43: 2,
133 — 145
To link to this Article: DOI: 10.1080/09523980600641148
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

There are many articles out there that describe the implementation of e-portfolios in an educational setting. This article does just that thoroughly in a logical way that keeps the reader interested and wanting more information. By describing the problems encountered and reporting the solutions to these problems as they were discovered, the authors, Meeus, Questier, and Derks, clearly tell the history of the e-portfolio phenonmenon in their university in Brussels. They began by telling the reader, in simple terms, what an e-portfolio is, its purpose, and its creator. Basic e-portfolios are student created portfolios that are portable and sharable among their peers and teachers. Aggregating all student e-portfolios with teacher portfolios, professional portfolios, and administrative portfolios, the total set of portfolios of one complete and entire university can be published. The authors of this article describe the decision paths taken to create and install a universal portfolio management platform at the Vrije Universiteit in Belgium.