Last week our ISUComm Foundation Courses director, Dr. Barb Blakely, and some members of the OLT sat down with the Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) College to share our work with ePortfolios. The last couple semesters of the ePortfolio initiative have been very exciting as we have seen 100 percent adoption into our English 150 and 250 courses. Continue reading “ePortfolios in the LAS News!”
Expanding networks to meet user needs
In 2016, ISUComm Sites transitioned to three separate domains all on the same WordPress platform
Continuing the initial mission of Sites, ePortfolios is a dedicated network for ISUcomm Foundation courses (English 150/250). First year composition students develop private eportfolios.
Seeing a growing need for students, graduate assistants, and even faculty to create professional sites, the OLT created a network with customizable privacy settings for public sites.
Teachers value collaboration, and the flexibility of ISUComm's ePlatforms allows instructors to customize sites to be specifically tailored to their course goals and student outcomes.
Continued growth of network users and sites
View a breakdown of ePlatform total users and sites, yearly growth, and domain-specific numbers
Significant growth in ISUComm's newest networks
More requests for eProfiles and eProjects in Fall 2017 than all of 2016–17
Departments across Iowa State University are adopting one of our ePlatforms
Landscape Architecture | Applied Linguistics and Technology | Meteorology | Women's Studies | Journalism | Accounting | Sociology
Members of ISUComm Foundation Courses and the OLT traveled to Knoxville, TN to present on ePortfolios and its continued sustainability in the English Department at Iowa State University. See what they presented in this post here.
Spring 2017 Workshop
Tuesday, February 7th | 125 Ross Hall
- Setting up a reflection blog for your students to write their reflections
- Using the reflection (or reading) blog as a way to engage students with course readings and assignments
- Adjusting privacy settings for classwide engagement, on a case-by-case basis
- Creating other pages, posts, and post categories and tags as needed
Screencasting has become a useful tool for creating digital content. As a student, you could make tutorials, conduct an analysis, or record a presentation. Instructors can benefit from screencasting as a method to produce feedback videos of student work.
The ISUComm ePortfolio can be enhanced with multimedia content such as screencast videos. To help, we have provided a few links below to some free downloadable screencast apps available to you.
A new Quick Start guide to get you started
The OLT has now created a Quick Start tutorial page to help you begin your ePortfolio. Follow the step-by-step instructions to perform the most basic tasks you need to know in WordPress. In the tutorial you will learn how to add new pages, set up your navigation menu, and set a static front page and posts page. Continue reading “Quick Start guide is here!”
Adding Visual Elements to your ePortfolio
One of the great benefits of creating your ePortfolio is the ability to include lots of visual imagery. You can upload photos, icons, videos, and more to help create a site that is visually pleasing to you and your audience. However, knowing where to find images that are free to you and do not require copyright can be tricky. Even more, being able to display images on your site the way you want can be hard too. This blog post presented by the Online Learning Team will give you a brief list of useful resources as well as introducing some plugins available to you upon request.
Copyright free, hi-res photos
Easy to use picture editor
Create logos and icons for free
Page builder plugins for WordPress
The ISUComm Sites initiative has seen an overhaul this summer! After several semesters of beta testing, we are now going to roll out our platform to all instructors. While Sites will remain the main hub for information and resources, the biggest change is the options available to you for developing web content.
Now, the ISUComm platform offers three separate domains for different pedagogical uses. The main platform, the one that initiated the Sites build, is the ePortfolio system. This is for all ISUComm Foundation course in English 150 and 250.