I wanted to document some of the words and concepts mentioned during a recent conversation with the Director (Prof Deborah Blackman) and Convener (Dr Joelle Vandermensbrugghe) of the Graduate Research Office. GRO are looking at using digital portfolio approaches with GR students. I didn't take detailed notes during the conversation but is was very productive in terms of broadening what "portfolio" could mean in their context - i.e. beyond a conversation about Mahara, cloud platform X, etc. When I got back to TLC I was able to communicate the key points and my colleagues and I concluded the most effective way more permanently capture the conversation was to use a word cloud:
What this list reveals to me is how very complex and interrelated the set of needs, possibilities and technologies relevant to portfolio thinking can be. These themes and ideas emerge when exploring the use of portfolios when the discussion encompasses program goals, student needs and emerging trends (e.g. growth in adoption of online professional and social networking by academics and professionals).
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"Handwriting Text E-Learning Loading. Concept meaning Forecasting the future event" by focusonmore.com is licensed under CC BY 2.0 This year we have a unique opportunity to capitalise on what was 2020 and all the impacts it had on learning and teaching. Staff ICT literacy levels and confidence increased because they had to use digital tools for teaching, there was no choice. This situation was complicated, academics of all levels of ICT literacy had to adapt. Some staff had zero experience with digital tools and were using online tools for the first time, while others are always pushing boundaries and looking for alternative tools available from central support areas. As with staff, some students have very low ICT literacy, while others blaze ahead of the curve, using the tools like pros and needing much instruction. They just work it out. Shifting this cohort of students and staff to fully online was a massive undertaking and a huge shock for everyone. Going into 2020