Teaching an old dog new tricks, or, why digital portfolios are fun and useful

Blogging is good.
I'm minoring in educational technology among other things. I find it striking that many health education and medical studies seek to implement multimedia learning environments without actually basing the design or material interaction on the existing research base related to multimedia interfaces in academic learning. Or, you know, making an effort to make comparisons between the academic populations and the under-served populations that are in such dire need for low-cost and accessible preventative health education services. To quote the original MTV's Real World intro, "You think you know, but you have no idea..."

All that aside I think it's important in our current media and technology saturated age to establish a digital presence as a graduate student. Not the "look at how wasted I got" social media shares from your younger days, my friends (or the ten thousand links to YouTube music videos from the early 2000s that no one liked or commented on that currently clutter your timeline). It's like a resume or curriculum vitae, but it's interactive, shows off your skills, and is completely saturated with your personality.

Blogging is a good one. So are digital portfolios. I was forced to create one for a class I took in educational technology this semester, protocols for multimedia interfaces, and I enjoyed the various projects and processes so much that I bought my domain and hosting for an additional 4 years and plan to tweak everything after the final project of the digital portfolio is graded to make it less "EME 6208-y" It's still a work in progress but I'm so darn proud of myself that I wanted to share.


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