Reflections on week two: Internet connection as a way of life
Having been on the move for the last four days Ive had no internet and LOTS of time for reflection
The main outcomes from all enforced reflection are:
1) Internet connectivity is now an integral part of life (and this is me at the age of 56, so how about “youngsters”); so not only is it a sensible option to have an eportfolio but it might be considered almost essential. A place to collect all information I might need to present as evidence of academic, outreach, and other activities which can be accessed and/or sent just by a URL (this is most important to those of us who have trouble remebering exactly where were those documents that we put away in a “safe place”). An eportfolio is also a collected pool of personal data on which to reflect.
2) The importance of eportfolios makes it vital that those of us who have the role of educators (both formally and informally) pass on the knowledge and skills to others.
3) Finally, a personal reflection; I need to monitor how much “directionless” time I spend n the internet! Its not so much surfing as long lazy swims snorkeling just seeing what I can find. Pre internet I was capable of spending over an hour looking up a word in my dictionary (with historical derivations) simply because I would side track myself with such interesting “finds”.There is a definite need to watch time spent!
PS Reflecting (!) on the last point it may be worth my while in keeping a list of all the URLs in a blog within my eportfolio