W25 #becomingeducational You’re thinking about the Portfolios!

As always in #becomingeducational we will give class time to the assignments. So once the Performances are over we will have one week, W28, on your Portfolios and one week, W29, on the final essay… However, some of you want to get a head start – and we are already getting questions on the Portfolio – so here are some tips!

A cool portfolio is…

The Portfolio is where you show us what you have gained from the THREE PROJECTS that you have done.

We asked you to at least do:

Blogging to Learn

Develop a Digital Me

Group Performances.

BUT – you could do MORE than that – and then CHOOSE which three of your many projects you submit in this portfolio. The portfolio is worth 30% of the course marks. We designed it around Project Based Learning so that you would drive your own learning through your own interests and your own motivation.

You could make up or develop your own project idea – and as well as the three listed above, we suggested:

Reading – Make it fun

Sketch Books

Art and Artists

Writers and writing

Learning Project.

With each Project that you did, we wanted you to think of some sort of educational angle and/or some reason that someone who is becoming an educationalist would benefit from a project like that.

When presenting your projects in a portfolio:

Have a CONTENTS page that clearly indicates your THREE projects…

Make the portfolio itself something beautiful – take some pleasure and pride in it.

Remember the idea is to showcase your creativity – your ability to set your own goals – your ability to learn experientially – and to apply your learning to yourself as a student now – and to your future educationalist self.

When writing about your projects – think about answering these questions – for each portfolio item:

What did I do?


What did I get from the experience?

How might this impact on me as a student now and/or as an educationalist in the future?

Tip: keep your writing really brief and CONCISE – BUT do add some pix as evidence of your creative engagement and HUGE learning?

And finally

We hope that you did engage in some projects over the course of this year – and that you enjoyed the experience – a little bit of heutagogy?

AND – may be Project Based Learning is going to be a paragraph in your final Becoming essay?

But that will be the subject of another blog post!!





#Becomingeducational W21: Of luvvies and gamers

This week we got into our Performance Groups – and somehow there are now FIVE of them – to have some time planning our sessions. Performances start immediately after Easter and run across weeks 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27! Phew. Each group has control over THREE HOURS – from 09.00-12.00 – you can fill up all three hours – or allocate time for setting up and so forth. The choice is yours! BUT – let us KNOW what resources you will need – and WHAT TIME – you want the class to appear.

Getting that Performance sorted – things to think about

Evaluating needs: what is my study space? What does it offer? Who are my students – what are their strengths and needs? What is this course/performance/event – and what is it trying to achieve?

Organising materials: what resources are needed: before/during/after?

Defining goals: what do I want the students to experience? What do they want to learn – how do I know?

Selecting instructional mode and techniques: didactic/experiential/solitary/dialogic… What have I chosen and why?

Content sequence: beginning/middle/end? Other? Why?

Assessment and Feedback: How will I know that the session has been successful? What is success in this context?

Student feedback: Will I be seeking feedback from participants? How? Why?

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Game-ify your learning

Next – we had a splashy and busy session – designing games – with a developmental or Becoming an Educationalist focus… with pitches… We enjoyed all this busy-ness – what did you all think?

AND – did you produce something that is now ready to refine and play as part of your Performance Week?

Tip: As always – reflect: why did we do this? Why did we do it this way? How might I use this in the future?

Questions about Portfolio: evidence of THREE projects

We’ve had some people asking about the portfolio element of the final assessment – due in, in W29. The portfolio has to include evidence of engagement in THREE creative projects – and the joy experienced and lessons learned…

Remember – you will have engaged in several projects for us:

* Observation of formal/informal learning spaces and multimodal exhibition – participant observation – preparing for your Real Research… The challenge and joy of producing a multimodal artefact – rather than – say – an essay…

* Blogging to learn – setting up your blogs – blogging – illustrating and customising blogs – commenting on the blogs of others – and realising the learning potential of blogging

* Develop a digital me: the challenge and difficulty of this – the way you solved the problems – the pride and joy …

* Performance: all of the above!!

You can submit reflections on any three of them… anything that showcases your engagement – growth – joy – development… OR – you can do another SMALL project – for example:

* Explore an artist or some art work that inspires you – what is it about it that is so captivating – how might you use that in your practice as an educationalist?

* Explore an author or some writing (novel/poetry/other) that inspires you – what is it about it that is so captivating – how might you use that in your practice as an educationalist?

* Explore a musician … or dancer.. or scientist… that inspires you – what is it that is so captivating – how might you use that in your practice as an educationalist?

* Attempt to learn something completely new and different – record your learning journey – share highlights of it in some creative way…

FOR THIS ONE – try to have some FUN and JOY!!


Good luck,

Sandra & Tom