Learning Blog Guidelines

What?

The Learning Blog is part of your ePortfolio, which you can use for ALL your classes, not just this one.  You can add to your ePortfolio throughout your career at City Tech. By your final semester, you will have a comprehensive academic ePortfolio, including documentation of your creative process, professional goals, resume, and examples of your best academic work.

In this class 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.

At the end of the semester you will choose your three best works to put into your coursework section.

When?

Your class projects are divided into steps. Every time you complete a project task, you will create a post on your Learning Blog to document your work and write a brief reflection on 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 based on the project guidelines.

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 join our OpenLab Course.
  3. Then click on MyOpenLab in the main menu.
  4. In the right-hand sidebar, look for a link ‘Create My ePortfolio‘. (If you’ve already created an ePortfolio, click on the link ‘Dashboard.’)
  5. After you have created an ePortfolio, click on the ePortfolio ‘Dashboard‘ link in the right-hand sidebar to create or edit the content of your ePortfolio.
  6. Create the following Categories and Tags. This will help others find and sort through your posts.

Setting up your Categories:

  1. In your ePortfolio Dashboard, click on ‘Posts’ > ‘Categories’ in the left sidebar. Create the following .
  2. Choose the Parent category ‘Coursework’ and MAKE SURE THE SPELLING AND SPACING IS EXACT:
    • ENG1101 Project #1
    • ENG1101 Project #2
    • ENG1101 Project #3
    • ENG1101 Project #4
    • ENG1101 Project #5
    • ENG1101 Project #6
    • ADV1100 Project #1
    • ADV1100 Project #2
    • ADV1100 Project #3
    • ADV1100 Project #4
    • ADV1100 Project #5
    • ADV1100 Project #6

Setting up your Tags:

  1. In your ePortfolio Dashboard, click on ‘Posts’ > ‘Tags’ in the left sidebar. Create the following  and MAKE SURE THE SPELLING AND SPACING IS EXACT:
    • Research
    • Sketches
    • Experiments
    • Drafts
    • Final
    • Field Trips
    • Readings
  2. You may add any additional Tags that are reflective of the content of your posts, like Lecture, Museum, Inspiration, Readings, etc.

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 Project.)
  2. In the sidebar of the post, add the relevant Category and Tag.
  3. Each post should contain a written description, observation, or assessment and link to a referenced URL, image, video, audio file or other media (if appropriate).
  4. All linked or embedded media MUST contain a caption indicating its 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 and ask them to do the same.
  2. Make sure you are logged into OpenLab and click on the link found below or above a post. Sometimes it’s called “Comment”, “Reply”, or similar.
  3. Your comment should be constructive and very clear.
  4. State what part of the assignment you are commenting on (example: the sketch in the upper left hand corner…)
  5. 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.
  6. Comments such as “I like it.” or “Needs improvement” should be expanded to clarify WHY you like it or WHAT needs improvement.

Approving Comments

  1. When someone comments on your post, you will need to approve it before it is visible to others.
  2. OpenLab will notify you via email when someone comments on your post. You can simply click on the link to approve the comment in your Dashboard.
  3. You may also adjust the Comment settings in your Dashboard by going to Settings > Discussion in the left-hand sidebar and adjusting the options in “Before a Comment Appears.”

Customizing your ePortfolio

  1. Profile Description: In the Profile settings, add a description of your ePortfolio. Something like this is a good start: This ePortfolio will be used to document my academic work at City Tech, including my creative process, professional goals, resume, and examples of my best academic work.
  2. About Me: In the Dashboard, choose Pages > About Me and add a more developed explanation of your career or academic goals, inspiration, etc.
  3. Add a New Header: You can customize the look of your ePortfolio by choosing a new header. Select Appearance > Customize to choose a new header. Make sure the image you choose is the appropriate dimension and resolution. See the Help Section for more information.

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.
  • Get feedback from your peers and interact online in a relaxed, but professional manner.
  • Present your work in progress and your finished work to others.
  • 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.
  • 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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