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End of the semester

One last meeting tomorrow night for the Capstone class and I’m done for the semester.  Even with everything else that has happened it was a good semester.  The technology class went well.  We had some very good discussion about the use of technology in training.  The projects weren’t very challenging but they gave us the opportunity to explore  technologies we had an interest in with the added bonus of figuring out how to use them in a training (non-academic) environment.

Capstone was a challenge.  It seemed as if we were always writing something but going nowhere.  All I can say for those yet to take this class is dive in and have fun.  Hopefully there will be opportunities to stay in touch with the members of this class, what a crew!!!  BAAAAAAA!!!!!  Thank you everyone.

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Tonight I’ll show Professor Milheim the WordPress blog and Box widget.  I was able to organize documents into folders fairly easily.  WordPress seems straight forward and simple to use.  I spoke with Jo and she likes the idea of using WordPress and thinks further exploration and documentation is a good idea.  With only two weeks left in the semester I will complete the development of a user guide and job aids during the summer term.

Uploading files

Ok, the Box.net widget seems to work for uploading documents.  It was easy enough to create sub-folders and organize my documents.  I don’t like that I have to download the files to my PC then open them.  I would rather click a link or an icon and have the file open.

Another concern, one I haven’t looked too deeply into yet, is the access permissions.  It looks like any other blog that allows you to open it up for the entire world to see or it lets you pick who you want to grant access.  I need to dig deeper to see if I can set different permissions on different folders in the Box widget.  I may have to do that on the Box.net site.  So far it isn’t too bad.  I guess after a few entries, a few files, and a check of the folder securities I’ll have something to show the faculty to get their take on it.

It’s getting close to the end of the semester and I still haven’t found something that meets the program’s needs for an eportfolio that also helps develop students’ online presence.  At the request of my adviser, always a wise request to follow, I’m experimenting with WordPress as a last resort.  I’ve never blogged about anything, so I’m figuring this out as I go.   The major goal was to create an electronic portfolio students could manage and share.  I’ve added the Box widget to my blog and I was able to upload documents.  Next I’ll monkey around with it to see if I can organize the files into categories or folders.

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