This week I finally finished my last task for the professional portfolio: Task 8. That's it--that's the last one! It's hard to believe that my professional portfolio is complete and that the defense is just a few weeks away.
I decided to do a screencast for my online module that incorporated both the presentation slides and hands-on work within Weebly. The hardest part of planning professional development and online modules/tutorials for me is assessment. How will I check for understanding? What should the final product look like? It's an important aspect of instruction but may seem impractical or tedious when you're teaching adults and/or depending on your subject. I decided that for the digital portfolios using Weebly, the best assessment would be a functioning portfolio shell by the end of the session. That's easy to check during an in-person training but can get complicated with online modules. Teachers would have to send you a link or sit down with you to discuss their final product.
I recorded by screencast using Ink2Go, a program that's installed on all faculty laptops at my school. I've been using it for over three years, and although it's not fancy, it gets the job done. I combined my screencast clips using Microsoft Movie Maker, which also allowed me to break up the training session into more digestible segments using title screens with captions.
At the request of the English department head, this week I also made a short video tutorial (seen above) for students on how to embed a Creative Commons license into the homepage footer of their digital portfolios. I had taught this element in class, but several students had asked for a reference.This video was also a screencast using the same method as described above for Task 8.
I love seeing Creative Commons licenses on student work! Digital portfolios are due in just a few weeks, and I can't wait to see the final product.