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Case studies on supporting lifelong learning: new JISC publication

JISC has just released another in its Effective Practice series of guides, this one focussing on lifelong learning. It’s called Learning in a Digital Age and is available to download from the JISC publications site.

It contains 11 institutional case studies around the themes of:

  • Support for lifelong learners
  • Responsive curriculum design
  • Flexible curriculum delivery
  • Assessment, feedback and accreditation
  • Stakeholder engagement and sustainable partnerships

Several of these case studies involve the use of eportfolios to support lifelong learning. Each case study in the document is quite succinct but there are links to more detailed information on the publication’s page on the JISC site.

Particularly interesting are the examples from Thanet College (reflective practice as part of CPD) and the University of Wolverhampton (eportfolios in work-based learning).

Large-scale eportfolio implementation: brand new case studies and toolkit from JISC

If your higher or further education institution or professional body is planning on implementing eportfolio-based practice then you’ll find these new resources, recently published by JISC, very useful.

Following an extensive investigation by Gordon Joyes and Angela Smallwood at the University of Nottingham that I mentioned a while ago, JISC have released an eportfolio implementation toolkit

The toolkit is based on the experiences of 18 institutions (11 in the UK, 4 in Australia and 3 from New Zealand) and the guidance is aimed at practitioners and managers. It aims to help you answer 3 key questions:

  • Why should you use eportfolios?
  • How do we decide what eportfolio to use?
  • What does good implementation look like?

There are examples from FE, HE and one professional body

    To support the release of the toolkit, JISC have also produce videos in which 5 institutions tell their own stories about eportfolios implementation.

    They are available on Youtube or to download from the JISC site.

    Each video has a slightly different perspective on eportfolios use. For example, Southampton Solent Uni’s story focusses on eportfolios supporting career progression and Birmingham City Uni deals mainly with learning, teaching and assessment.

    Here’s the video from Thanet College which includes some discussion about using eportfolios for professional development:

    There’s plenty to get your teeth into! Have a look at the toolkit and videos and share your thoughts in the comments below…

    Workshop: How Can #ePortfolios Support 21st Century Learning? Nottingham 24th Jan

    At JISC Netskills, we are holding another of our successful workshops on how ePortfolios can enhance learning in higher, further and continuing education.

    Full details are here.

    We’ll be the guests of New College in Nottingham on Tuesday 24th January and we’d love to see you.

    Lisa Gray, eLearning Programme Manager at JISC will deliver the keynote and we’ve also got 3 guest speakers coming along to talk about their institutions’ experiences of eportfolio use and implementation;

    I’m hoping to do short profiles on each in the weeks leading up to the event.

    There will be plenty of opportunities for meeting other people involved with eportfolios, try out a variety of eportfolio systems and explore some of the resources for support provided by JISC.

    Places are £50 each.

    Have a look at the resources from the previous events.



    JISC announces Innovating eLearning Conference 2011 (online)

    JISC has just announced details of it’s forthcoming online conference on Innovating eLearning subtitled “Learning in Transition”.

    There’s a pre-conference activity week from the 15th – 21st November. The conference proper will run from the 22nd – 25th.

    The pre-conference activity week “provides a platform for delegates and agencies, such as the JISC Regional Support Centres, to run their own short presentations and showcase events”. The following conference comprises live events that are recorded as well as asynchronous discussion areas for delegates.

    The conference has two themes which are likely to be of interest to people involved in the areas of eportfolios, lifelong and work-based learning:

    • Learning landscapes explores the potential in technology to forge cross-sector collaboration through which further and higher education institutions, learners and employers can work together to shape a more forward-looking curriculum
    • Navigating pathways opens up some of the challenges involved in learning and teaching in a digital age and discusses potential technology-enhanced solutions  

    The confirmed closing keynote speaker is Ewan McIntosh and further speakers will be announced nearer the time.

    The conference is £50 per delegate.

    Follow their Twitter account for updates: @jiscel2011


    My Showcase – new evidence aggregating tool (#eportfolio)

    My Showcase is a new open-source web-based tool for gathering evidence for use in an eportfolio. I saw a demo at the JISC  2011 conference in Liverpool this week delivered by David Sowden and David Waller from the University of Hull and it looks very promising.

    You can gather evidence into a Twitter-style stream, which can include free text, links and uploaded documents, but more importantly, content from social media sites, Twitter and Flickr. MyShowcase filters these either by the user choosing a particular photoset in Flickr or a hashtag in Twitter. 

    The Davids said they are looking into expanding the list of supported social media sites over time.

    RSS feeds can be included making linking to blog easy and you can also incorporate PebblePad Webfolios and links from Sakai.

    Evidence can be tagged and mapped against a range of different frameworks. The number of frameworks is limited at the moment but will grow over time.

    The evidence stream is potentially too unwieldy to share with others but a user can select certain pieces of evidence to be collated into a shareable showcase. Users define who can see this showcase by defining email addresses of reviewers and so can be tightly controlled. There’s no option at the moment to make a Showcase completely public.

    It’s currently available as a download for self-hosting, as a Moodle plugin (a Sakai tool is undergoing testing at the moment) or there is a hosting partner organisation. They also promised a smartphone app would shortly be arriving to enable evidence-grabbing on the go.

    Other significant aspects of the project development include looking at interoperability and ways of enabling learners to maintain their evidence stream after they have left their institution.

    There’s a demo site to have a go on. Be warned, to keep the demo site manageable, content is routinely wiped so don’t rely on it for your own content.

    I certainly found it easy to use and a distinctive addition to the range of tools available. 

    ePortfolio Community of Practice on Cloudworks

    To support and nurture the extensive community of practice surround the implementation and use of eportfolios and associated pedagogies, Sarah Chesney, a freelance consultant, has set up a discussion and networking site on the Cloudworks environment. Sarah says:

    The JISC funded E-portfolio Community of Practice (ePCoP) Project is led by the University of Wolverhampton and funded by the LifelongLearning and Workforce Development Benefits Realisation Programme.

    The project is funded until the end of March 2011, but it is anticipated that the community will continue to exist and grow after this date, supporting and encouraging members who are keen to explore the use of e-portfolios to support lifelong learning. The community is using Cloudscapes to host asynchronous discussions alongside a range of other technologies.

    All with an interest in e-portfolios and the pedagogy underpinning their use are welcome to participate and become part of the community.

    It’s a great opportunity to link up with other people interested in the topic.

    And a date for your diary; on the 5th and 6th of April, Gordon Joyes and Angela Smallwood from the University of Nottingham will be leading a discussion on the site on the JISC funded e-portfolio implementation (ePI) Project.


    Digital Media in ePortfolios: advice from JISC

    Our JISC Advance sister service JISC Digital Media in Bristol has released a new advice pack for using digital media resources in eportfolios

    As well as a concise explanation of eportfolios themselves they give advice on a number of topics:

    • Collecting and selecting.
    • Sharing.
    • Reflecting.
    • Collaborating.
    • Annotating.
    • Presenting.

    There’s also some handy tips around using digital media technology more effectively.

    The whole site is worth an explore, especially for their guidance on screencasts, capturing audio, video and images. They run regular training sessions and online surgeries as well.


    How can ePortfolios Support 21st Century Learning – Netskills Workshop, Newcastle 30th March

    [[posterous-content:pid___0]]JISC Netskills is running a workshop called How Can ePortfolios Support 21st Century Learning? on Weds 30th March. It will be held at Newcastle University.

    It’s a great opportunity to meet up with fellow practitioners in HE, FE, Public Sector and work-based learning and discuss the issues arising from the implementation and use of eportfolios in different contexts. 

    Presenting will be Lisa Gray from JISC as well as several other guest presenters from different institutions who will be sharing their experiences. Confirmed so far are Duncan Gillespie from Dumfries and Galloway College who will be discussing their use of WordPress as an eportfolio platform and Robert Chmielewski from Edinburgh University who has been supporting an institution-wide implementation of PebblePad. More speakers will be announced shortly and I’ll be doing profiles of each speaker nearer the time.

    There will also be an opportunity to try out a number of different ePortfolio platforms including Mahara, PebblePad, WordPress and ePET.

    Resources and agendas from previous events can be found on our project site. (The agenda for this event may differ slightly from previous ones)

    It’s a highly participative event and we will be streaming elements of it online. Places are £50 each.

    To book or for more information, visit the Netskills workshop page.

    Come along. We’d love to see you.

    ePortfolio Interoperatbility using the Leap2A standard

    Portability of eportfolios is an important issue. If we expect learners to be able to take their eportfolio from institution to institution then there needs to be a mechanism for making sure that different platforms can make sense of what was created using a different technology and present it in a meaningful way.

    To this end JISC CETIS are working on an interoperability standard for eportfolios called Leap2A. JISC have produced a short introductory web page and briefing paper.

    The platforms that currently use it are:

    You can also listen to this presentation by Simon Grant from CETIS which was delivered last September to the RSC Scotland North and East’s ePortfolio Scotland Conference. Slides 5-13 are probably the most interesting. He also reflects on the presentation on his own blog.

    For me, the key issue he brings up is how we can plan for possible future uses of the information in learners’ eportfolios. For many institutions who are just starting out on implementing an eportfolio-based pedagogy it might not be an issue that is thought about in great detail.

    A more detailed description of the specifications for the 2010-07 version can be found here.


    Image credit: “Travelling suitcase on the station” by nojich on Flickr – By-NC-ND

    #ePortfolios at the Uni of South Australia (Margaret Faulkner)

    Way back in September I attended a conference on ePorfolios run by the JISC Regional Support Centre for Scotland North and East. I did a brief summary on my personal blog but I’d like to highlight one of the presentations; Margaret Faulkner from The University of South Australia (UniSA).

    Margaret delivered the first keynote, about their experiences implementing an ePortfolio across a large institution and all the associated successes and hurdles they encountered on the way. They use PebblePad but as with all of these things the platform is the least interesting aspect of the story. It includes brief case studies of ePortfolios in midwifery and engineering studies.

    Here’s the presentation, helpfully recorded by the RSC. It’s about 30 mins long and the slides don’t quite match with the audio.

    The Lowdown on e-Portfolios at UniSA

    View more webinars from RSC Scotland N&E.
    There’s also a written version of the case study available here.