This week’s chartership chat we’re going to try theming the discussion. We had a great suggestions from one of the attendees, Kelly Quaye:
It’s a really common topic people want to discuss so I think it will be a really useful conversation. In preparation for the conversation I thought I’d share the methods I’m using to collect information about my activities and potential evidence, the main one of which is a Google form.
There are a number of different tables or matrices for collating information about your evidence and I thought it would be useful to set one up as a Google spreadsheet and populate it using a Google form. The idea is that I can use the form to add information to the spreadsheet from anywhere at any point without having to load a document up first.
This is the form I complete (you’ll probably want to click for a larger version):
This is what it looks like once the information is in the spreadsheet:
I’d be happy to share the template with anyone wanting to do similar or you can set up your own:
- Log into Google Docs
- Click Create and choose either a form or a spreadsheet (whichever you feel more comfortable for creation – both results in same end product)
- Add the areas you want to record and set up the form so it’s easy to complete (e.g. tickboxes for marking criteria)
- Share the form to the different places you may want to add information from (I sent it to my email and starred it so that it’s always in my inbox, set it as a bookmark in my browser, and set a shortcut on my iPhone)
- Start recording anything you do that might be relevant to chartership
Other tools I’m using for chartership
- I’m using a PBworks wiki to collect information and this is helping me get more of an overview of where I am at and start building the different elements of the portfolio (this is also shared with my mentor so she can comment on my progress and make suggestions).
- Any raw evidence (i.e. non-web based) is stored in Dropbox in an Evidence folder.
- I’m using Evernote to collect any tweets I post tagged with #chartership, and copies of any emails in my chartership folder (I set this up using IFTTT). I’m also sending some things to Evernote from other emails and creating notes directly in there.
- I’m using Twitter to discuss chartership with other people going through the process as well as mentors who offer support
What is anyone else doing? Any useful tools or tips for organising chartership information using online tools?
Please join us on Thursday March 15th on Twitter using #chartership to share your ideas.