Learning Blog Guidelines

What?

Your ePortfolio Learning Blog will be used for documenting and sharing your creative process, as well as your final finished work, throughout the course. Your research, inspirations, experiments, thumbnails, field trips, final work, assessments, and peer critiques will make up the content of the Learning Blog and will serve as a record of the effort and dedication you have demonstrated throughout the semester.

When?

Your class assignments are divided into steps. Every time you complete an assignment task, you will create a post on your Learning Blog to document your work and a brief reflection of the task. Post your research writing, preliminary sketches, experiments, final work, peer critiques, assessments, and work hour tallies. Then add a comment to at least (3) other student’s posts giving useful feedback and noting what is working and what isn’t.

How?

Your Learning Blog is available through OpenLab’s Portfolios. Follow the guidelines below for an overview. Further help can be found on OpenLab Help or by contacting the Professor with specific questions.

Setting up your Learning Blog:

  1. If you don’t already have one, create an OpenLab account.
  2. Login and click on MyOpenLab.
  3. In the right-hand sidebar, look for a link ‘Create My ePortfolio’. (If you’ve already created an ePortfolio, click on the link “Dashboard.”)
  4. After you have created an ePortfolio, click on the link ‘Dashboard’ in your MyOpenLab right-hand sidebar to create or edit the content of your ePortfolio.

Adding a Post:

  1. In your Dashboard, click on the tab Posts > Add New to create a new post for each part of a course assignment. (Refer to the specific guidelines for each Assignment.)
  2. Create and/or add a relevant Category, like “Coursework” to each new post.
  3. Create and/or add the Tag ‘ADV1100′ and any others that reflect the vocabulary associated with each course assignment.
  4. Each post should contain a written description, observation, or assessment and link to a referenced URL, image, video, audio or other media (if appropriate).
  5. All linked or embedded media MUST contain a caption indicating it’s creator. (For example: if you find an image on Google, you must credit the creator of that image).

Adding a Comment:

  1. Whenever you add something to your Learning Blog, post a comment to at least 3 other classmates’ posts.
  2. Your comment should be constructive and very clear.
  3. State what part of the assignment you are commenting on (example: the sketch in the upper left hand corner…)
  4. Using the course vocabulary define what works and what doesn’t work about the sketch, research, writing or final work presented, as it relates to the assignment guidelines. Reread the assignment guidelines before commenting.
  5. Comments such as “I like it.” or “Needs improvement” should be expanded to clarify WHY you like it or WHAT needs improvement.

Why?

Your Learning Blog will help you to develop and sustain your own creative process after you finish the course.

The purpose of the Learning Blog is to:

  • Help you to develop your own creative process through careful observation, documentation, presentation and assessment of each project.
  • Organize all the information from the class.
  • Display your individual assignments in a clear, appropriate manner
  • Serve as a record of your learning achievements from which to expand and develop in future courses.
  • Interact online with your peers in a relaxed, but professional manner.
  • Gain experience using standard design vocabulary terms to express your ideas.
  • Develop online communication and information literacy skills using WordPress and OpenLab.

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