Workshop 1 ~ The Reflective Practitioner

A catch 22 perspective

If hindsight really is twenty-twenty it is important to try as often as we can to
analyze, embrace and employ it as we make our way through life.
~~ JASON ARANT, So … You Want to Be a Minister

Le Penseur, Musée Rodin, Paris, Thinking at Hell's gate.

Le Penseur, Musée Rodin, Paris, Thinking at Hell’s gate.

The lecture for this workshop reportedly had three guest speakers invited to attend in person, that being Lynn McAllister, Senior Support Office (ePortfolios) who introduced the QUT ePortfolio system and addressed how to used as part of INN634 assessment, along with Anita Cain and Emily Telford sharing tips and advice on how to manage the process of designing and building a professional portfolio. Additionally, reading materials that were made available, contained tips on building a portfolio, an introduction to the QUT’s ePortfolio system and a discussion about reflection and reflective practice.

It is understood from Lynn McAllister’s lecture slides that the QUT ePortfolio is a online platform that enables students space to store an electronic collection of personal achievements, developments and reflections that can be released to governing lecture of the INN634 module. Students are able to record, reflect on, catalogue, retrieve and present individual experiences, activities throughout the duration of the student’s study. It provides a place where evidence of skills (reflections) developed can be displayed to those that a student release their portfolio to.

Over the years of study however, I had decided not to use QUT’s ePortfolio as there are many suitable platforms to develop a academic portfolio that could be doubly used as a professional ePortfolio reflecting my existing career in the public library sector. It had seemed to me, QUT’s ePortfolio only restriction was not being out there, immersed within the public domain online.

While I have been slow to show my public face professionally (ie. publish articles in respective industry magazines, organisations,  present talks, attend conferences other than the METLIB2014 (refer Fieldwork Placements) and archived seminars (refer Professional Development and Career Planning), majority of my academic works have been selectively developed for Logan City Council Libraries & Cultural Services.

By including my employ as such, they become the driving force behind majority of my academic works which in the end has limited whom may review my academic works due to confidentiality.

WordPress therefore, was selected to intentionally collate both an academic and professional ePortfolio simultaneously during this semester, Semester 2, 2014.

The selection of WordPress as an ePortfolio platform has allowed me to:

  • store and content in several dynamic ways including chronologically or personalised tagging systems
  • present (the beginnings of) a professional profile to the world (outside of QUT)
  • in the forthcoming years, invite people who are interested in my own development by following activities easily and/or reading pages
  • customise pages and posts to be either enabled as public, private or password protected

Workshop 1’s PowerPoint presentations by Deb Ponting and Lynn McAllister gave insight (and confirmation) that reflective practice itself means looking at past experiences and trying to analyse how to learn from what has occurred. It involves thinking about what I’ve done, analyse aspects of how I react and plan to improve or modify my behaviour(s) for future action and purpose in personal growth and professionally.

Learning how to reflect over the years academically I found to be exceedingly challenging initially. This ability to reflect, critically analyse and identify how to better one self had improved immensely in the later years of study. This was evident to me when completing the MIT(LIS) modules assignment’s mandatory self reflections during late 2012, 2013 and early 2014.

As I become more ‘publicly active’ professionally within the library sector locally and internationally as outlined under the ePortfolio’s Career Planning, my intent is to evolve the ePortfolio professionally by proactively documenting my own journey’s career timeline.

Image Source

Innoxius, (November 24, 2006) Le Penseur, Musée Rodin, Paris, Thinking at Hell’s gate [Image]. Retrieved October, 2014 from
This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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