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An eportfolio is extremely important in any field. Without an opportunity like this course to have time to develop a portfolio, one might be hard pressed to create one of any substance at the last minute when a desirable job becomes available, or when asked to justify the value of one's work in a position. Every budget cycle, there comes the possibility of close scrutiny of each support role and every person holding those support roles -especially those that not everyone understands. I have grown to greatly value the time that this class has afforded to build out my personal statement to the world. Having my published and growing EP lets me control a big part of my own online narrative. I get to showcase my interests and successes. I can show through example how I engage with my instructional community. I can give people insight into how I got to where I am.
Originally, this site was For Them (Students, Teachers, Everyone). This course has allowed me to be a little selfish. There is room on this site for all of us - me included. I think that as teachers we forget about ourselves sometimes. We forget to take care of our own basic needs. This site, this EP is for me, and I am learning to be okay with being a little selfish, self-indulgent, wordy, foody, irreverent......