My next synchronous event was a Google Hangout - I am finally getting the (OUCH) hang of it - on ePortfolios. I felt I needed to jump in since we are going to make or tweak one for the MultiMOOC session and I know so little about them. See my earlier post, Orienting Myself. I ended up sharing some thoughts regardless and also got some new ideas about the what/how/where/why etc. of ePortfolios. There was an excellent - very brief - PowerPoint - with some basics. We navigated that to guide our discussion.
One take-away for me was the notion of inserting a video into the ePortfolio. I realized that my linguistics students end the semester with a video presentation (in Adobe Connect with webcam and share pods) that they upload to our Blackboard site. I could let them know they can add the link to it to their ePortfolio as an artifact. This is an example of how attending an event and being asked a question - have any of you used video in an ePortfolio - can spark a connection that would seem obvious.
I also learned much more about Hangouts, the ins and (ouch, again) outs of them. I now know how to control them - my audio/webcam/attendance (to leave you hang up the phone, icon upper right). I hadn't realized that everyone in the hangout is an active participant by definition. I get that now.
All in all a fruitful first day for synchronous events in the MultiMOOC group. Thanks to Vance for arranging the Cormier one and for sharing the Hangout link in Elluminate.