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ePortfolio - 5305 Wrap Up

When I think of a wrap up post, I think of an ending. Something coming to a closure. A new beginning is on the horizon. I now have a different take away of that. At this moment, this wrap it up post, is me figuring out how this is going to connect to my future courses and, more importantly, my new learning path. Listed are what I feel helped me “survive” and “thrive” in these courses.


  • If you’re frustrated...you’re doing it right.


  • Read, Read, READ! Use a Kindle. Invest in Audible. Reading is not optional in this program. Do it...or choose another program.


  • When asking Dr. H a question, never ask an “or” question because the answer will always be “yes.” Knowing this has allowed me to answer some of my own questions.


  • Do NOT attempt to “fake it till you make it.” It’s evident. It will make for a long eight weeks and a longer one to two years.


  • My ePortfolio will not be for everyone...but it better be for my audience. I remind myself of this every time I work on my website. “What will my users think?”


  • The education system has failed me. Now, I refuse to fail my students. Getting an A means nothing! Learning means everything! This mindset change is not only critical, but non negotiable.


  • Changing your mindset...can be...hard. This has not come easy for me. I find myself wanting to live with a growth mindset, but it seems the world has conditioned me to have a fixed one. It’s a work in progress. Some days are better than others.


  • I OWN MY ePORTFOLIO. PERIOD.


  • I’m doing better than what I think I am. I’ve learned that my own self-critic is tougher than anyone else.


  • Technology is NOT a game changer. Technology is NOT a new creation. Technology will NOT save the education system.


  • We’re all more than likely doing some form of blended learning...but are we doing it effectively?


  • Find your tribe! Grow your tribe! Make a tribe! Whatever the case may be...you can’t do it alone.


  • Research isn’t my favorite...it never will be. But it’s important and scholarly. This is a graduate program...did I actually think I was going to get out of writing papers?!


  • Give your professor what he wants….WRONG! Give yourself what you need. Not sure what you need? Find out. Funny how reading keeps making its appearance throughout this reflection. It’s not a coincidence.


  • You can do it. I can do it. We can do it. Aside from how overwhelming this program is, I can do it. These courses have shown me that I can.


I am two days away from officially saying, “I have completed my first set of graduate courses.” Never in a million years did I think I would be able to say that. I can’t wait to look back on this when I finish the program and see how much I have grown.


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