Friday, October 30, 2009

Sample e-Port with TaskStream

As some of you in the education program at Saint Joseph College know, we are using the TaskStream platform for creation of portfolios. Here is a professional one I found put together by Helen Barrett using TaskStream. Check out how she has organized her professional accomplishments. Let us know if you get any ideas for how to arrange your own e-portfolio and what to put in it after viewing Helen's sample. If you're not presenting doing an e-Port at the College, how else might you use one and for what purpose? Helen has also put together this same portfolio using other platforms, and you might want to check out some of these for comparison sake.
Helen's Portfolio in Googledocs
Helen's Portfolio in PBWiki
Helen's Portfolio in Google Sites
(image from Helen's TaskStream e-Port)


Amy said...

I currently use TaskStream here at Saint Joseph College. I have not had a lot of experience using this system, but have grasped the basic understandings of it enough to know the significance of purchasing this e-portfolio.

E-portfolios make sense with the time. Today, everything is completed via internet. It also serves as a time saver. With just a quick upload to the system, you can have all the required documents placed in your portfolio. It holds great value to our current world.

Helen Barrett provides wonderful examples of ways to use TaskStream. However, I do not see the same flexible control in the version of TaskStream that current Saint Joseph College has. I would love to be able to explain a little about each piece of work that I post. The version that we have does not provide a sense of ownership besides the documents. Each professor "owns" their individual course and takes care of grading and providing feedback to our work. Barrett has no one grading her work and or controlling her e-portfolio.

I know TaskStream is new to SJC and hopefully it will be looked more closely at and recognize some of the faults it portrays. If the e-portfolio is the students' work posted online, then the student should should be able to control their own site.

Jen said...

I too have had some experience with TaskStream. I have used it for many classes, yet the way I use it with each class varies. I like the idea that on TaskStream I have all of my information organized and there for any time I need it. However, I also have all of my work saved on my computer and on my external hard drive so I have all of my work anyways. I also really dislike how we are only able to post one draft. I currently have items posted on TaskStream that I am still working on. I don't like how these unfinished pieces are currently graded and on TaskStream. Maybe there is a way this can be changed, perhaps I'll find out at the end of this class. I know St. Joseph College uses it to help with their accreditation, but I don't feel it is that valuable to us as students. I also hope that in the future St. Joe's doesn't make their students pay for this service that isn't really necessary for students and that the college needs for its own accreditation. I don't feel like I will use TaskStream once I graduate this program.

I will say that I like how everything is done online and that there is no paper transaction.

Linda Turbide said...

I do not use TaskStream, and I appreciate looking at the sample portfolio. I looked at the PBWiki site and found it well organized and informative.

I like the idea of using portfolios for class. At the end of the year it is a good way of looking back at the work that you have created.

I use Notebooks for Spanish. We have vocabulary, grammar, and other activities. With web quests and power points, a portfolio would be best. The PBWiki looks fairly user friendly.


Blog Archive