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Europortfolio is a not-for profit association being developed with the support of European Commission as a central part of EPNET project, dedicated to exploring how ePortfolios and ePortfolio related technologies and practices can help empower individuals, organisations and wider society. Europortfolio provides a network for those doing ePortfolio and related work across Europe; to build the use of e-portfolios across communities, and to provide opportunities for future partnership working.
EPNET is an acronym for "Europortfolio: a European Network of Eportfolio Experts and Practitioners”, a project under LLP KA3-ICT Network initiative.
The main goal of the project is to establish a European Cooperation Network of experts and practitioners from four sectors in the field of ePortfolios: Further and Higher Education; Vocational Education and Training; Employment; and Lifelong Learning — all the actors of nonformal and informal learning.
Beneficaries are ePortfolio experts, practitioners, policy makers and authorities as well as the global ePortfolio community.
Project is coordinated by:
Igor Balaban, Assist. Professor
University of Zagreb (UNIZG)
Faculty of Organization and Informatics, Varazdin
2. ADPIOS, France
According to Wikipedia, ‘an electronic portfolio (also known as an eportfolio, e-portfolio, digital portfolio, or online portfolio) is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a user, usually on the Web. Such electronic evidence may include inputted text, electronic files, images, multimedia, blog entries, and hyperlinks. E-portfolios are both demonstrations of the user's abilities and platforms for self-expression, and, if they are online, they can be maintained dynamically over time. Some e-portfolio applications permit varying degrees of audience access, so the same portfolio might be used for multiple purposes…. E-portfolios also help to foster an independent and autonomous way of thinking, according to Strivens. This is in large part because people must focus on their collective work, think about how it will be portrayed, and what the work says about them as an individual. The individual is then in charge of their learning and the choice of where to demonstrate their proficiency. People are also forced to reflect on what they have learned and how they plan to build and improve in the future.’
Inevitably, there are many definitions of ePortfolios, or definitions which emphasise some aspects above others. Some focus upon developmental or working documents, which maybe private or shared with others, others upon providing material which can be used to reflect upon experience and plan for the future, and others on representing or showcasing achievements, whether for an assessor, an employer, a professional body or another outside body.
NON-REGISTERED USER CAN:
REGISTERED USER WITH SIGNED CHARTER CAN ADDITIONALLY:
Europortfolio Charter defines how individuals can contribute to the Europortfolio activities and benefit from the outcomes, in particular the production and exploitation of resources to support the implementation and development of ePortfolios. It does not constitute any legal rights or obligations except the ones defined in the document. In order to become the Europortfolio member, individuals needs to sign the Charter by ticking a box thereby agreeing with the terms indicated in the Chapter
Becoming a member is free. When registering for the portal you must sign the charter. You can become a memberas an individual. Becoming a member allows you to share your work with the Europortfolio community by:
1. Adding content to the Europortfolio Portal.
2. Joining different interest groups such as (Inter)National Chapters (see 'What is a Chapter?'), and working groups.
3. Organizing/registering for open-webinars and meetings.
4. Contributing to the Europortfolio newsletter.
5. Making new contacts who share your (ePortfolio) interests.
6. Finding new partners for future Project work.
A local branch of Europortfolio. Chapters have their own sections on the Europortfolio portal which is written in the Chapter’s primary language e.g. the chapter for Spain would be written in Spanish. These sections are used to keep the local community up to date on local news and events.
Chapters are used to develop and strengthen ePortfolio related work in specific country or a region thus helping ePortfolio experts and practitioners to connect, exchange knowledge and experiences as well as to produce Open Educational Resources in their primary language.
See an example of an existing chapter at http://www.eportfolio.eu/community/chapters/croatia
To initiate a regional or national Europortfolio Chapter you need to be a registered user and Europortfolio Charter signatory.
The Europortfolio Board needs to approve the creation of a Chapter, so interest in creating a new Chapter should be reported to the Board first. Please contact Igor Balaban (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Serge Ravet (Serge.email@example.com) for further information.
Once the Board approves a Chapter and this has been established, it will be assigned a page within the Europortfolio Portal along with other features. Chapter leaders will be set as Chapter editors and they will have rights to edit content on the Chapter page as well as to recruit and manage Chapter members on the Portal.
Through your local Chapter pages where you will find news and events within your area.