Three readings 9/18

Before I read these readings I thought about what they could be about and what their names suggested. As expected, they were about students getting a domain and being able to blog and post about themselves and their academic performance. I thought about what Plymouth has done in regards of technology. I remember being a freshman in 2014 and being introduced to moodle—a page where you could see the courses you’re taking, view assignments and syllabi, and post assignments on each page to get feedback. I thought having this was a great idea because it allowed me to check on my performance and view grades and feedback. This is a great way to strictly view my academics but it is personal and I don’t have much to do in regards to expression.

Since I was a little late to the party I was just introduced to ePort and my own domain today. After hearing about what I was going to do made me think a lot. This domain is a place where I can not only post about my academic performance but also post about myself or post about things I’ve read and my opinions on them. I at first was confused by what exactly was going on, but then I went though the process and it proved to be rewarding. Then I read these articles and it reflected on what I had just done. I read the opinions and facts on students having more understanding of their technology and personally I think its a great idea that more schools need to incorporate. I wish I had been introduced to it sooner. As a senior, I don’t have much time to explore and build up my academic experience to share it, but I am glad I was introduced to it and I am excited to start using it.

These articles were a reflection of my experience as a student. If I don’t have a way to post my assignments and receive feedback, or communicate with my professors and peers, I lose interest. It can get extremely boring simply doing an assignment and turning it in. With Moodle and ePort its such a better way, and you are in control of what you want to do, your assignments, your opinions and picking your classes. I think this should be more common in other schools. That way, students will actually feel comfortable and welcome.

Campbell, Gardner. “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure.” Educause Review. vol. 44, no. 5, 4 September 2009. https://via.hypothes.is/http://er.educause.edu/articles/2009/9/a-personal-cyberinfrastructure.

Rickard, Andrew. “Do I own my domain if you grade it?” 10 Aug. 2015, www.edsurge.com/news/2015-08-10-do-i-own-my-domain-if-you-grade-it. Accessed 18 Sept. 2017.

Watters, Audrey. “The Web We Need to Give Students.” Hack Education. 19 October 2015. http://hackeducation.com/2015/10/19/domains.

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3 comments

  1. Great response! I love the first hand connections you made between your student life and the use of ePorts. I would love to see specific quotes/examples from the text that back up some of the connections that you made. Do all three of the authors share the same view about ePorts as you do? How can you tell?

  2. Great response! I love the first hand connections you made between your student life and the use of ePorts. I would love to see specific quotes/examples from the text that back up some of the connections that you made. Do all three of the authors share the same view about ePorts as you do? How can you tell?

  3. A great reflection! It might have been a bit helpful to get more specifics from the actual articles (a small summary, a quote or two), in addition to the very compelling personal reaction that you share here.

    This makes me excited to read your work this semester, since I look forward to more of this thoughtful voice! On Monday, I’ll also show you how to hotlink article titles, so you won’t (generally) need a Works Cited page for your posts, as you can just directly link out to anything you mention.

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