Thursday, October 27, 2011

Blog or ePortfolio?

Beginning Painting

A. Learning Objectives
Students will be able to:
  • Optimize photos of their paintings using Microsoft Paint Tool.
  • Create an ePortfolio with a Fine Arts template.
  • Link a blog to an ePortfolio.
  • Explain how to add a text module and a gallery module.
B. Reflective Description
This was the most productive ePortfolio workshop ever. By the time it ended, all students had their own ePortfolio with at least one image in the gallery module under the text module, which contains the course description. Painting students are not very tech savvy, but thanks to our well-prepared lab tech, the class went through a lot in two hours! I asked my students to bring in two digital images of painting assignments but already knew few students would photograph their paintings during the workshop.

C. Conclusions
My students might need to stop blogging and start working on ePortfolio. One student was not comfortable with the idea of having her blog on her newly created ePortfolio. I also thought a blog can look sloppy when seeing it with an ePortfolio because my class uses a blog like a sketchbook; it has its own quality and value, but does putting them together benefit my students in the way I want? I first thought that it was a great idea, but I am not sure now. I am curious to find out what my options would be to use both, blogs and ePortfolios, in one class.


  1. This sounds like a fantastic class. I like the idea of using an ePortfolio workshop to go beyond setting up accounts. The two-hour class/workshop/post tactic will be something I consider next spring.

    As for the blog, I wonder whether or not the students could select their favorite blog at the end of the semester and revise it. This blog could be the one they post.

    Alternatively, they could keep a link to the blog (is the blog on blogger?) on the ePortfolio and have some language around it describing it as a process-oriented writing activity. That way the presumed audience could know ahead of time that the blog was a record of thoughts in progress - there might be some value in showing the wizard behind the (final) curtain.

    [found a spelling mistake in previous one]

  2. It seems like ePortfolios and blogs can serve distinct purposes, both of which are useful. As you mentioned, the blogs are like sketchbooks, where you are encouraging students to share their process of developing work and the ideas they are experimenting with; ePortfolios are well-suited to demonstrate artists' and art students' work.
    Digication (the software LaGCC uses for eP) also has a discussion component in the course tools, and commenting features which could enable students to crit each others' work - or their portfolios, which might be interesting.