The project ATS2020 (Assessment of Transversal Skills 2020) aims at creating a model for student learning and the assessment of transversal skills. Coordinated by the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute (Anastasia Economou), the project will implement the model in about 25 schools in each of the 10 participating piloting countries. This large scale experiment will be accompanied by a CPD programme for teachers, impact evaluation and policy recommendations at national and EU levels.The kickoff for ATS2020 took place in March 2015 in Limassol, Cyprus. While the first phase of work was mainly devoted to agree on a set of skills which will be the basis of the framework and the experimentation, the second partner meeting in Ljubljana had an additional focus on technology and tools for the support of the assessment process for lower secondary students and teachers. On the basis of a – still ongoing – desktop research the partners agreed on using ePortfolios as a basis for assessment. The platforms...
Don’t forget the e of ePortfolios by Toni Soto
For some years now, the Colegio Apóstol Santiago of Vigo (Spain) has had a Mahara ePortfolio available to students and teachers of the secondary school. Our Mahara is linked to Moodle for single sign-on. I started to use Mahara to introduce my students (and myself) to the concept of ePortfolios. The goal was to create an ePortfolio for science to present at the end of the course. I already had an idea about what I wanted and expected from my students. But the first problem I had to face was not a pedagogical but an ICT issue. I soon realized that I had to teach my students to use Mahara....
‘Digital Badges make progress’
A recent survey into the implementation of Open Badges, based within the UK, has confirmed that show that there is a lot of interest in their use, but the majority of institutions who responded[1] are at an exploratory stage.  Specifically, the concept of Open Badges seemed to be accepted, but there were several issues raised that are inhibiting their adoption.  These fall into two main categories: Institutional level consultation While some academics are using badges within modules, there were only two institutions where badges had been implemented fully across the institution with a policy...
Thematic Report on ePortfolio Research
Thematic report on ePortfolio research was created using: (1) the data from Europortfolio portal, and (2) research insights of Europortfolio members that go beyond the Portal. The main goal of this report is to give an overview of current work in the area of research reported by the Europortfolio community and beyond with an insight in to where it needs further development.
The use of ePortfolios in Nursing Students: a Case Study from the University of Andorra
1. The problemThe assessment of clinical trainings (knowledge, skills and attitudes) carried out by nursing school professors and health centers, allowed to identify changes in the attitudes' area and the need to reinforce some formative aspects.At the same time, we changed the study plan and thanks to the design and the implementation of the ePortfolio’s project, we could contribute (1) to a reflection on the students' performance as for their learning process and (2) to the academic tutor's orientation and guidance.2. The contextThis project is carried out at the University of Andorra (http...
What's in the future of Mahara?
On 3 June 2015, the Europortfolio community organized a webinar in which I talked about the future of Mahara, the open source ePortfolio system. The presentation consisted of three parts:Overview of what Mahara is;How features make it into Mahara;The high level roadmap for Mahara.Mahara was started by New Zealand tertiary institutions in 2006 and has been an open source project from the start. Since its humble beginnings in a far-away country almost ten years ago, it has spread around the world and is used in hundreds of schools, universities, other tertiary providers, professional...