My first course, I did a blog for every project. My second course, in the summer, I tried to blog, but found it hard to keep up. Course 3 involved more consistent blogging. However, courses 4 and 5 (another summer one), found blogging on the back burner. Now, about halfway through my 6th course, I find I am still rarely blogging. Next semester might be my one and only two-course semseter. If I find it hard to find time to blog now, what will that be like? So, I want to know from others, how much are you blogging during your courses? What about? Reflections of assignments? Anyone else feel crunched like me? Have you gone back and blogged about a past class? When it comes time for the portfolio, will it reflect badly having large gaps in the blog?
I have taken 2 courses so far (am currently taking the fall off), and I blogged about each assignment as I went, just so I would have a record of it. It is time consuming, but when I post my assignment, I would immediately go to my blog & post there along w/my thoughts and the AECT standards.
I just remember that in my first class, Dr Schroeder said it would be valuable to have that information handy for the portfolionat the end.
I have experienced similar challenges regarding the blogging aspect. I intend to go back and provide entries for classes that are lacking, particularly links to the project work that was completed, with reflections on that work and tags to the appropriate standards. I think being more consistent about it will lead to better, fresher reflections, as well as make the final portfolio process far easier, but I find the "round tuits" difficult to locate myself. Making sure I complete the assigned tasks, and keeping up with planning and grading for over 150 students keeps me busy as it is. I am sure you are in a similar boat, as are most of us involved in the program. It can be difficult to balance all of the demands of our time.
I do hope some other collegues/classmates weigh in, especially those further down the line in the program, as their input/advice would be very beneficial.
Yes, I agree, I did that over the summer,w/ school in session, it will be much more difficult. CC
I am in portfolio now. I have taken 2 classes each semester and 1-2 in summer, so it has been a fast journey. I did not always keep up with my blog, but I did always take the time to compile my assignments and my thoughts into folders in my Google Drive. This way I didn't have to worry about losing something before portfolio and I had a chance to reflect on what I was learning. If you aren't going to be able to blog consistently, I would STRONGLY suggest something where you keep things collected and REFLECT ON YOUR JOURNEY.
For the portfolio, you do not have to turn your blog into the portfolio, but you can if you wish. The most important part (and the part that requires the most thought) is clearly identifying how each artifact you include has impacted you personally or professionally. This is where the blog would be helpful. You don't always remember, even a few semesters removed, what you thought, or what was new information, especially if you have incorporated that information into your daily life.
As far as having gaps in the portfolio, I don't see this being a problem because the portfolio is organized by standard, not by time. I am working on mine now. You are welcome to take a look to get a feel for the course and what the portfolio will look like. I hope this will help you decide how much time and effort you want to dedicate to blogging (or something similar). Just know this is NOT my final product, as we are still about 30 days from final submission.
Thank you all for your words of wisdom! I have a question - are you required to use the new standards or are you still using the old ones?
As of this semester, we are using the older standards. I would imagine this would continue to be true for a while until the department can update the courses to reflect the newer standards. Maybe one of the professors has some more information about this and could add to the discussion?
I would suggest keeping track of your assignments according to the older standards that are listed in the course syllabi for now. Doing this now will save you a lot of work when you start portfolio.
Ditto the thanks for your words of experience. - K. Mickelson
About halfway through the program and this was extremely helpful.
Speaking as a graduate of the MET program, I did find whatever blog posts I had to be very helpful, but also found blogging about a project after the fact (i.e. when working on my portfolio) gave me a perspective I didn't always have in the moment, when I didn't really know how certain information would be incorporated into my daily practice.
Blog posts are incredibly helpful, but do not really form the basis of the portfolio - they provide useful notes, but aren't in the final format you're going to need or want when you finally get to the end. Blog as much as you can for yourself anyway, not necessarily after every project but perhaps at the end of each course (it is generally the final projects that make it into the portfolio, although not exclusively) but don't sweat it - your final reflections will find their own voice when the time comes.
Thanks to all who responded. I found this very helpful.