Digital Portfolio Learning Ecosystem Map Assignment
Due: 9/20 for in-class review
Ecosystem mapping is a visual way to analyze the interactions and interdependencies betweens users and other actors and entities in a system. The primary goal of this activity is to give the newly formed teams time to create a shared, external representation of how you would collectively map the open portfolio design challenge space as you currently envision it.
Below is a starting list of primary and peripheral users, and stakeholder entities your group can draw on to think about mapping key interactions and relationships that would occur and influence an implemented open portfolio system. In thinking about your map you may want to consider how to represent changing contexts of portfolio use and learner roles as they move across settings, or focus on the learning interactions between users that a portfolio platform/device could support. Your team will need to decide how you best want to represent open portfolios as a design space.
Identify and situate Primary Users :
Add Peripheral Users and interactions :
Consider Stakeholders / Stakeholder Entities with vested interests and influence
How does learning flow through the system?
Think about locating opportunities for enhancing learning through portfolio interactions that support …
Adult/Peer critique, Inspiration, Design Precedent Seeking, Iteration, Articulation, Reflection, Collaboration, Modeling expert/professional practices, Opportunity Brokering, Identity building, Participation in Communities of Practice Vocation, Expertise seeking.
**Create a map in a digital form that graphically represents your group's abstracted view of the actors involve, and portfolio mediated interactions and linkages that would occur in an open portfolio learning ecosystem. Upload the digital file to Box folder > Assignment 5
As a group discuss what aspects of your open portfolio learning ecosystem map suggest an interesting design challenge space. Generate a running list of problems you could imagine trying to solve based on what you know about user needs and contexts. You may want to try the now classic "How might we...?" question formulation for some of your problem statements to brainstorm possible directions towards a solution.
**In class on Tuesday each team will be asked to informally present their maps, share some of problem statements generated and some early ideas for possible design solutions that came out of your group brainstorming session. So plan to show your map and give a brief (< 5min) conversational summary of your group's exploratory discussions.
Supplemental Reading (Optional)