I feel that I realized that I have COVA, when I was creating my ePortfolio. All of the assignments that we had to complete were more than that. I was able to make the choice on how I wanted to complete the assignments. In turn, I was able to take ownership of my own work or ePortfolio. Through this I was able to reflect on my learning experiences and make it relevant to me.
In the beginning, I was not to excited about it, it was different and the uncertainty made me uncomfortable. In the past, I was use to being shown examples and told exactly what was expected. COVA was the exact opposite. After giving COVA a try, I realized that I was able to create evidence of my learning in my own way that was meaningful to me. It wasn’t necessarily love at first sight, but I learned to love this style of learning.
I think that using a new approach in a classroom, can be uncomfortable, not difficult. Change is uncomfortable. I think that there isn’t one right way of doing this. It can be done on certain assignments, to test how students respond to it. Or a teacher can just jump into it and use the COVA approach for everything. In my innovation plan, with the integration of ePortfolios in learning, the COVA approach is a staple throughout.