We were asked recently whether or not it was possible to decide which parts of your Edufolio were public and which were kept private. It’s a fair question, many of us are not used to having our thoughts, reflections and evidence of practice out in the open. That can make us feel exposed and maybe even a little vulnerable.
There were already some very basic security settings available to you at launch but Matt decided that he could take your suggestions and make those settings work a little harder for you. By the end of last week, he had written some nifty code that allows you to set content to ‘Private’ or ‘Public’ on a case by case basis to your posts and pages.
Below, I have written a brief overview of how this all works. However, if you’re looking for something a little more visual then here’s a video which goes through the setup process.
Where do I find the Security Settings?
You start by heading to Settings and Reading. At the very bottom you will see a menu option entitled “Edufolios Site Protection Settings”. It’s here that you can choose the default setting for all of your content and enter a password that you can share with those you would like to see any restricted content.
If you choose to set your site to private you will still have the option to make certain posts and pages public. Each time you edit or write new content you’ll see an option that allows you to decide whether you want that content to follow the rules you’ve set in your reading settings (as above) or whether you’d like to take a different path.
This means that, even if you set the whole site (excluding attachments) to “Private” you can set certain pieces of evidence to public. You could always have your “About Me” page public to allow people to learn about your teaching philosophy and skills set whilst keeping the content you want securely hidden behind a password.
When a visitor tries to access content that you have chosen to keep hidden they will be prompted to “Unlock Private Content”. You will need to make sure that they have a password from you in order to do that. That’s why we have made sure that your Home Page can never be locked to private. This gives you an opportunity to show you have a portfolio and introduce yourself whilst providing readers with a link to an email address through which they can choose to contact you for the password.
Once they have it, that password enables a visitor to your site to have access to content for 2 hours. After that time, they’ll need to re-enter it. Of course, if you want to stop their access you only have to choose to change your password in the Reading settings and they’ll need to contact you again for access.
Should an Edufolio be set to Private by Default?
We’ve decided to leave the default setting as public. To allow you the choose what you lock down. Is it better to be visible or hidden? That’s a big question. It’s actually one I get asked a lot.
I talk about online presence a lot in my role as adjunct lecturer at Flinders Uni. Your online presence is incredibly important. It’s powerful. Of course prospective employers are going to Google your name – don’t underestimate the power of visibility on line. How good it looks to see a growing, reflective journal of practice that is honest and has the potential to showcase you as a learner and teacher.
If you were to Google your name right now what would come up? Would there be any reflection of you as a learner? As a developing, growing teacher who is passionate about their profession and their students? Would it be a bad thing if there were? It might even help you to stand out from the crowd a little and gain that elusive contract.