Week 1: Introduction and Contextual Statement

join the CMALT cMOOC G+ community, and share ideas and social media via the #CMALTcMOOC hashtag. Setup of individual WordPress eportfolios, ethics consent, and initial participant survey of prior experience. Shared collaborative participant map. Creating a concise biography and professional goals on WordPress, and shared research profiles on: Researchgate, Academia.edu, Mendeley, ORCID, and LinkedIn. Introductory Webinar via G+ Hangout event on the G+ Community https://plus.google.com/communities/116813247511022815291

Creating a Contextual Statement:

Choose a social learning theory on which to develop a short statement of your understanding and approach to using learning technologies in education. Post this to your WordPress blog, using the #cmaltcmooc hashtag. Explore how your contextual statement could be presented using a variety of embedded technologies. A contextual statement is a critical element of a CMALT portfolio – it is not assessed, but must be included.

Create a research biography and establish a profile on researchgate.net, link this profile into your WordPress blog.

Reflect upon this process on your WordPress blog.

From the CMALT Guidelines:

Contextual statement

The portfolio should commence with a contextual statement – the kind of thing you might write in a cover letter for a job application. It should provide a concise biography, outlining your career history and current role(s), highlighting briefly the operational context in which you work or have worked, and reflecting on why you are submitting your portfolio for CMALT and how this relates to your future career aspirations. This section is not assessed, but can be very helpful for the assessors as they approach the rest of your portfolio.

For more info see the CMALT support page at https://www.alt.ac.uk/get-involved/certified-membership/cmalt-support

A good place to start planning your CMALT portfolio are the CMALT Guidelines:

https://www.alt.ac.uk/sites/alt.ac.uk/files/assets_editor_uploads/CMALT%20Guidelines%202014.pdf

A couple of good examples of CMALT Portfolios and contextual statements include:

And some tips from a CMALT journey: https://eastmidslt.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/cmalt-my-journey/

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