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.