Digital Garden

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wild pink peonies

My Not-Quite CMALT Portfolio

I have been working on a CMALT Portfolio for years (2015), if you want to know what this is follow the link. Meanwhile I am at a point where I can say: This started it in a different decade! Well, I have come close to submitting several times but always became stuck on Core 3 and just could not find the right voice for it. So instead of keeping telling myself that one day, one day I will pick this up again. I decided that this might just as well be a good place to begin gardening. I am officially declaring that I have given up on working on the portfolio–there you go. Phew! One more thing to fall off my cognitive load. Know when you cut your losses and all that. However, I do not want all the time that I have put into working on this to be lost. Besides the CMALT framework is also a good structure for reflexive practice so I might just as well share it–and begin gardening!

Gardening? What do you mean?

Well it’s 2021 now, and while I never might submit this portfolio it is a useful means for reflexive practice and record keeping. Last week I have read about digital gardens and I have it in my mind to use this blog as a digital garden. There were some great suggestions in the articles I read, but the moment I read free software on Github my state of ‘ I am currently balancing on the last straw of my cognitive load’ comes crashing down. I would love to play and explore but as it stands right now, there is no time. So this simple to use platform with the new editor and a ton of templates will just have to do for now. One author suggested to use Notion and integrate pages into the digital garden.  

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Contextual Statement

In the portfolio applicants are encouraged to reflect on their professional path and development:

My undergraduate degree is in Erziehungswissenschaften, which translates roughly into the Sciences of Education. Since then I have gotten an MPhil in Education (University of Glasgow), PhD in Education (University of Strathclyde), PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and a PGDip in Cognitive Coaching. During my studies I have held various roles teaching in formal and informal contexts, from teaching English in kindergarten over working with refugee and otherwise disadvantaged children in a charity to teaching at university level.

The images display one of my favourite sayings which I can neither remember nor find the sources off. I think it was from a lecturer note from my undergraduate degree. It says learning in the principle and application in the matter or object. It means we learn based on the principle of a matter but applying it in the actual matter. You will find this echoed in my paper in which I describe how to go about implementing this axiom.

I have worked in academic development since 2010. Initially part-time during my PhD and until March 2017 in student facing role. In these various positions I was working with students on issues around academic but also personal development. Teaching at personal one-to-one level up to large lectures, as well as distance learning students I utilized learning technology on a daily basis. Making use of institution subscribed VLEs such as Blackboard Mahara and, Moodle; but also using web-based applications mobile apps and social media platforms to initiate learner engagement and offer a variety of support mechanisms for the learners. Since 2017 I am working as a lecturer in Academic and Digital Development, so since then my focus at work has shifted and I meant to get back to this portfolio once more. There was some upheaval, and stress, and restructuring, and changes and suddenly we found ourselves in the midst of a pandemic and a massive push to digitising teaching and learning. After a conversation with a colleague, who like me, has been dragging heels to finalise this portfolio, I decided to go back and figure out where I am at. Well, and this is when the idea of turning the work into the beginning of a digital garden started.

I am working on the next bits … so bear with me

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