Monday, August 31, 2009

New Google Sites

I worked on developing two new Google Sites this weekend to support ePortfolio development in both K-12 schools and in higher education:
  • GoogleApps ePortfolios - a resource on using Google Apps for Education (and specifically Google Sites) to develop and maintain ePortfolios
  • WordPress E-Portfolios - resource on using WordPress or Edublogs to develop and maintain ePortfolios
I am inviting other educators with experience using these tools to participate in developing these two sites. I intend to use these sites as part of the research for my book, also inviting teachers who want to implement ePortfolios with Web 2.0 tools to participate in the research. I will be formulating a plan which will be announced right after Labor Day.


Mohsen said...

Dear Helen,

I am usually following you blog and publications on e-portfolios.
As in my doctoral dissertaion I am working on digital portfolios , I would like to thank you and appreciate your valuable endeavors in developing portfolio concept.
You are almost the most influential educator in the area of portfolio.
I like your blog and the way you are conceptualizing Web 2.0 tools to creat and maintain e-portfolios.
But I am just wondering with this huge amount of work on portfolio development , you may not have any all-in-one publication like a book or series of journal papers for being refered by researchers in this area.

Helen Barrett said...

Go back in this blog to June 2, 2009. You will see a blog entry about the book contract that I signed on that day. I mentioned in this entry that these two Google Sites were resources for my book research. Even so, back in June, I wondered whether writing a book in the age of Web 2.0 was an oxymoron!

I have some articles in peer reviewed journals... but they have a very small audience, and the delay between writing and publishing took over nine months. I am also not allowed to republish most of those articles on my website. Publishing on my website provides a much wider audience and more immediacy. When my book is finished, it will be almost a year before it is actually available for sale. In the age of Web 2.0, I find that delay to be frustrating. So I think there is a need for a balance...

Mohsen said...

Thanks Helen,

I definitely agree with you that in the age of Web 2.0 ,writing books or paper publications may not be as of interest specially by whom are information literate but, the problem is that, in my opinion, in scientific writing such as journal paper or dissertation it might not be widely accepted to refer to a website or an online source! how do you think? however I strongly pro of the idea of using all online materials in scientific research and development but this is still a major obstacle which is considered by many scholars and reveiwers!
for example, I am using some of your online materials and some e-portfolio models from your blog , how can I make reference to them in the body of my writing?

Publishing on a website is easier and much more accessible and also gets more audience than in a book for instance but the issue is that: how about the professional development and promotion? when you are a faculty member or a researcher, how this kind of online publications could be considered for evaluation of your works?

I think there is a need for some global and institutional rules in which those kinds of publications would be evaluated as of importance as others and all personal endeavors are respected for professional development whether they are online products like blogs, wikis, other social networkings, e-portfoios , e-books, etc., or other forms.

But, again let me appreciate you way of working which promotes Web 2.0 tools applications and online materials in advancing educational activities.

Helen Barrett said...

In this time of change, brought on by Web 2.0, there is a new measure of importance: the hyperlink. Google uses this form of "voting" to place a website on its list of search findings. Put in the term "electronic portfolios" into Google, and my website is the first one listed (after the Sponsored Links... money always seems to take priority... but I digress). I just did a search on the term "electronic portfolio" (a standard search term) and there was a list of three scholarly articles with the most number of citations... and two of the three listed were mine... and one has never been published in a print journal. So Google Scholar provides another measure... based on the number of scholarly articles that reference an online article.

I understand your concerns, from the viewpoint of traditional academia, but I propose there are other measures, often ignored by traditionalists, which validate newer forms of academic discourse.