By: CogDog

We super appreciate all your sharing for the YouShow, here and in the twitter stream.

I will note that because your updates are appended to the top of a Wordpress Page on your site (which does work as a way to keep a running log), the updates will not propagate to the You Show site. What does get transmitted is an update when a comment is added (because the only RSS feed for a Wordpress Page represents its comment history).

So… because we believe You should do Your Show any way you like– if you added a comment to this page when you add update, our site will get a notification.

By: idabrandao

Dear Christina,

I think that with the access to Internet and open learning we need to turn to a more «renaissance spirit», everything is interconnected and we can’t go on learning according to «discipline drawers». In school we keep the 45 minute time for each discipline controlled by ringbells. It’s like John Taylor Gatto says:
«…the institution (school) is psychopathic – it has no conscience. It rings a bell and the young man in the middle of writing a poem must close his notebook and move to a different cell where he must memorize that humans and monkeys derive from a common ancestor.»
Many authors have addressed this problem, such as Edgar Morin in his UNESCO publication «Seven Complex Lessons for the Future»(1999) considering a global world, complex and multidimensional:
«The education of the future is faced with this universal problem because our compartmentalized, piecemeal, disjointed learning is deeply drastically inadequate to grasp realities and problems which are ever more global, transnational, multidimensional, transversal, polydisciplinary and planetary.»

By: Christina Hendricks

Hi Ida:

I couldn’t agree more with your post about education. The course for which I did the Nietzsche lecture and post is a year-long, team-taught, interdisciplinary course for first year students that explores literature, history and philosophy. We often read and discuss things that one can’t easily directly link to a specific career, but that are useful for provoking critical thought about difficult and abstract issues. Students go in all sorts of directions after taking that course their first year, because we provide a grounding that is useful for many other pursuits. If you can read carefully, engage in thoughtful and respectful conversation, and write clearly (all the things we emphasize in the course), these are skills you can use in many different areas of your life later. I think these sorts of courses are crucial! But sometimes it’s a hard sell to people who think that education must be only training in specific skills that one can directly link to a particular career path (like business, or engineering, or computer science).

By: idabrandao

Thanks for your feedback and the alert to fill the form. I had filled some other form and thought I was already enrolled.
I had the opportunity to participate in a conference, in Portugal, a few years ago, where Prof. Helen Barrett was a keynote speaker on the topic of Portfolios. At the same conference another theme on PLE was addressed by Graham Attwell – <a href=”” rel=”nofollow”></a>
My experience with online courses is not a long one, since I’m not a teacher. I’m a civil servant at the Ministry who has been involved in ICT programs for schools since 1995 and, at present, coordinates and supports a small community a teachers (circa 55) around the country who have a specific mission of assessing SEN students’ needs for technologies (namely assistive technologies) for learning. This network is supported by a Moodle platform (run by me at the Ministry) which helped to constitute a community of practice, consolidating since 2007. The online training that has been organized is run on a peer learning basis, with the collaborating of some of them as facilitators as well. My concerns are to be clear from the start what to expect, so there are no misunderstandings and people don’t feel frustrated. I usually provide a guideline of the course (detailed one) at the moment of ´sign-up’ and the introductory topic/module is to read it and create/structure an e-portfolio. If people already have a virtual space and wish to use it, they only have to structure a specific area for the course. Regarding newcomers,those that are not so proficient with web tools may find it demanding and time consuming but it’s an important step, to gain autonomy. I also think that people get more enthusiastic when they gain these skills, and produce something that can be shared with others. Then, it’s a matter of practice and the routine leads to exploring other tools that may be useful for their practice. I think that the e-portfolio requirement turns to be appropriated by participants and it’s an alternative way to organize one’s work and a memory that one revisits whenever necessary.
I think it is useful to structure and organize oneself and give some meaning to one’s learning. Many online courses don’t remain open (as you know) and it’s safer for each one to keep and manage one’s work on one’s own space.
We’ve run a MOOC on Inclusion and Technology in 2014 – <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”></a> – which was totally built on open tools (Blogger, Google tools) and for certification purposes (which remains important for many teachers, though not for me), the condition was to organize an e-portfolio with certain requirements. We’ve gathered all e-portfolios in Blendspace and collected the certified one’s in a Symbaloo (ex: <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”></a>)

By: CogDog

Hello Ida and thanks for contributing these resources and ideas about eportfolios. Like you I’ve been following Helen Barrett a long time, even in the 1990s I think she was referring to herself as the “grandmother of eportfolios”.

I’m curious if when you ask participants do their experience portfolio-ing if they see it of value for their own sake, rather than a requirement or suggestion from the course leader (e.g. do they develop their own motivation).

And I hope you add your blog to the You Show roster where we are aggregating blog posts, we have a signup form just activated at