I will admit - I procrastinated with this assignment a little bit. I have an outdated online CV that I built years ago. I also have plenty of my news reports uploaded to one of my YouTube channels. However, I never really organized everything into my own ePortfolio site. I felt overwhelmed about the amount of work it would take to create something that would make me proud. But, I think I'm on the right track. Just know - the site you are about to enter below is still a major construction zone...
First, I went through each possible layout experimenting with my own work to figure out what works best for me. The layout I chose seemed simple and allowed me to publish my own header, which I really liked. I went back to Illustrator and created a header specifically for the site. In fact, I researched instructions on how to create a realistic camera lens in Illustrator. This was the result...
After creating a header, I then turned my attention to color. I tried to choose a page background color that flowed with the header, link and icon colors. Next, I focused on the cover images of each of my projects. I wanted thumbnails that really popped -- something that would grab a viewer's attention. The "About Me" page still needs a lot of work. I can't quite figure out how to bring my photo side-by-side with the text. The alignment really feels off.
The thing I'm trying to figure out now is the best way to present the videos I have created. It appears that many people in the class are graphic designers or Illustrators to some degree. However, I am a videographer and editor. I enjoy taking photographs but that's not an essential part of my job. I believe there is a better way to present my work rather than uploading my videos to YouTube and embedding them in a Behance project which is then shared on my ePortfolio. For that reason, I haven't even begun sharing any of my current work as a media creation specialist.
In the meantime, I plan on continuing to experiment with the site I built for this project and doing more research to see how other video editors have shared their work with the world.
Class 5 Assignment
The final stage of the course you will be creating an Adobe Spark Video offering formative assessment feedback on a student portfolio and a student portfolio assignment (real or imagined).
Assignment 5 has demonstrated not only the importance of formative assessment but that formative assessment doesn't have to be boring. We can create something fun and visual to help our students, colleagues, or whoever understand the points we are trying to make and truly show them how they can make their work even better.
As I have mentioned before, I am not an educator. I don't get in front of a class off students each day, on site or online. However, as an instructional technologist and media creation specialist in higher education I am asked for my opinion on the work of my colleagues quite often. This assignment has made me realize I can deliver that feedback in a more creative and meaningful way. And, in my case -- the feedback I deliver should be creative since being creative is what my job entails.
One thing I noticed -- I couldn't seem to figure out how to lengthen my slides in order for them to seamlessly match up with my narrative. Instead, I wrote out a script and recorded my audio for each slide in 10 seconds, which was really difficult. Is there a way to make an individual slide hold longer so that it is the same length as a piece of audio? This is something I will be looking at more closely.
Create a simple personal reflection summarising your learning experience during the course in your "Learning Journal" on what you've learned during the course. Explain how it felt to be a student, what worked for you, and what was difficult. Consider how you might use your new skills in your classroom or workplace. Think hard and be economical with your words. Keep it sharp and to the point.
Over the course of the last five weeks, I have learned the importance of having a solid online presence. This is something I have always known but it hasn't been something I have really focused on building. Yes, I am mindful of the pictures I post on social media. But, in terms of presenting my creative work, I upload projects here and there -- sometimes to YouTube, sometimes to Facebook, maybe even linkedIn once and awhile. My point is -- I never really created my own site where I showcase my work.
It has been a great process thinking about and creating a visual CV, logos and ePortfolio. While I know my logos and ePortfolio still need work, at least I now have something created that I can build from. And, at least now -- these things are at the forefront of my mind. They are at the top of my to-do list these days. I will continue working on bettering myself and my online presence.
As I mentioned before, I am not an educator. However, I am an instructional technologist - I come up with content ideas, implement technologies and create media for online courses in higher education. After creating a feedback video using Spark ion Assignment 5, I realize the importance of formative assessment. But, not only that -- I realize the importance of delivering that feedback in a creative way, in a way that interests the student and helps them visualize and better understand that feedback. This is certainly something that would have benefited me as a student considering the fact that I am a visual learner. Moving forward, I have developed ways in which we can use Spark video or other video platforms for feedback from mentors to students and even students to students.