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Guest presentation details: How Can #ePortfolios Support 21st Century Learning?

As mentioned in my previous post, JISC Netskills is running a workshop at New College Nottingham on the 24th January (for more information and to book, click here) and I’m pleased to be able to give you more details about the 3 guest presentations. The presentations cover some fascinating topics and the presenters themselves have a wealth of experience in this field.

Who needs a system? Developing staff capacity to support learners in producing online portfolios.

Neil Currant, Academic Development Advisor, University of Salford

E-portfolios are a tool that allows learners to evidence their learning over-time, reflect and showcase their achievements. However, what happens when you don’t have an e-portfolio system? How can we take advantage of readily available tools to achieve the same benefits to learners? At the University of Salford we are building the capacity of staff on the PGCHE to discover for themselves the benefits of e-portfolios with a view to how they can use them with their students.

This presentation will look at the impact the use of WordPress, as an e-portfolio tool, has had on staff development. It is clear that staff development impact also closely mirrors the impact that e-portfolios have on learners. So lessons on the PGCHE seem equally applicable to a wide range of learners.

e-Portfolio based learning at the University of Wolverhampton

Emma Purnell, Blended Learning Advisor, University of Wolverhampton

The University of Wolverhampton has been using an eportfolio system (PebblePad) since 2005. Eportfolio based learning is in place in a number of discipline areas such as Psychology, Education, Nursing,  Midwifery, Sociology, Accounting, Pharmacy, Bio-medical Science, Human Resources, Dance, Sport, Art & Design, Law, Construction and the Built Environment to name a few.

The majority of eportfolio practice across the institution starts with a scaffolded template approach. This template structure is evident in individual elements such as eportfolio based action plans and skills audits but the most widely used practice is that of eportfolio templates. Tutors across the institution create a scaffolded framework within an eportfolio for the learner to copy and make their own. The template guides the learner through completing the necessary elements but is flexible enough that learners can be creative in the development process.

This session will look at a range of eportfolio templates and how they are used. It will showcase learners finished eportfolios that were once based on a template. Finally we will look at the most recent eportfolio developments at the university where we are using our eportfolio system for Distance Learning, where it is being used as both VLE and eportfolio.

Embedding Mahara at Birmingham City University: experiences of two early adopters

Professor Alan Staley, Birmingham City University

This presentation will focus on the progress that is being made in embedding the Mahara e-Portfolio system at Birmingham City University. In particular two case studies will be described which have had significant impact on subsequent adoption. The first of these relates to the Business School in the context of skills development for first year degree students, and also use with post-graduate students. The second relates to the Law School, again in the context of skills development. Examples of student e-Portfolios can be seen, and there will also be the opportunity to hear some feedback from students.


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.


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Bumper selection of Case Studies from PebblePad

Happy New Year from Netskills, everyone!

Here’s something from back in June 2010. PebblePad hosted the PebbleBash conference in Shropshire last year and they have helpfully collated the presentations and one or two other bits and pieces.

There is also a range of case studies on a wide variety of topics with contributions from the great and the good of international eportfolio practice, including some people we’ve had the pleasure of working with at Netskills. The case studies are categorised according to these themes.

  • Learning, teaching and assessment
  • Personal development planning
  • Pedagogic implementation
  • Placement or work-based learning
  • Professional accreditation
  • Sympathies and tensions with institutional technologies
  • Careers or employability
  • Student perspectives

Hats off to PebblePad and the authors for making these case studies available under a Creative Commons license.

Also, kudos for having a ceilidh as their social event! More conferences should do this. 🙂

#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.