Upcoming events
The Open and Flexible Higher Education - EADTU Conference 2014
October
23-24
Kraków
Poland
Mahara Barcamp 2014
November
14-15
Karlsruhe
Germany
CRA 14th Annual Residential Seminar
November
27-28
Birmingham
United Kingdom
Researching and Evaluating Recording Achievement, Personal Development Planning and e-Portfolio.’
April
16-17

On the Watch

The meeting's hosts from Cyprus pedagogical institute presenting their pilot results.
by Andrea Ghoneim
EUfolio. EU classroom ePortfolios is a project devoted to pilot teaching with both Mahara and O365 as platforms for ePortfolios in lower secondary classrooms in Cyprus, Ireland, Lithuania, Slovenia and Spain. At the project's partner meeting in Cyprus on 25 and 26 September, the piloting partners presented some of the results of their (still ongoing) pilots. The meeting was preceded by a workshop for using MS Office 365 as an ePortfolio platform. The findings of EUfolio so far are: For a successful implementation of ePortfolios, teachers have to be put in the center first. This is, how they get acquainted to the learner-centered way of working with ePortfolios in the classroom. Assessment for learning - including self-assessment of the students and peer-assessment - also plays a big...
by Administrator -
The Centre for International ePortfolio Development is an autonomous Centre within the University's Research & Learning Resources Division in Information Services. They manage a set of externally-funded projects led by the University of Nottingham. List of some completed projects related to ePortfolios: eP4LL (ePortfolio for Lifelong Learning) Leap2A Specifying an ePortfolio ESCAPES (Enhanced Student Centred Administration for Placement ExperienceS)  The Centre for International ePortfolio Development (CIePD) has now closed; however you can read more about the Projects they led and supported here http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ciepd/projects/projects.aspx
by Simon Grant
From Simon Grant's blog: There has been much discussion recently about Mozilla Open Badges, xAPI (Experience API, alias "Tin Can API") and LRMI, as new and interesting specifications to help bring standardisation particularly into the world of technology and resources involved with people and their learning. They have all reached their "version 1" this year, along with InLOC.InLOC can quietly serve as a cornerstone of all three, providing a specification for one of the important things they may all want to refer to. InLOC allows documentation of the frameworks, of learning outcomes, competencies, abilities, whatever you call them, that describe what people need to know and be able to do.Mozilla has been given, and devoted, plenty of resource to their OpenBadges effort, and as a result is...

News Room

by Samantha Green
New report for UK Government on Enterprise for all proposes the introduction of a new Enterprise Passport – a digital record of all extra-curricular and enterprise related activities that students take part in throughout their education. This report focuses on entrepreneurial spirit in education. It is the latest in a series of moves from the government to make sure that young people leave education ready to work, with the skills and experience employers are after. The review covers the full breadth of education and is aimed at education leaders, teachers and all those involved in policy and delivery of teaching and learning. Lord Young’s recommendations mean that students will be able to rank university courses by their employment rates and earning potential. Other proposals in the...
Cover of the special issue on ePortfolios of the journal "Peer Review"
by Andrea Ghoneim
A look at a special issue of the Journal "Peer Review" on ePortfolios “Peer Review” is a journal devoted to “emerging trends and key debates in undergraduate liberal education”. The topic of the current issue (Winter 2014. Vol. 16, No. 1) is “E-Portfolios: For Reflection, Learning, and Assessment” - available online at http://www.aacu.org/peerreview/pr-wi14/index.cfm. Guest editor Terrel Rhodes introduces the topic as follows:“Recently, e-portfolios have become one of the most discussed innovations in higher education, even though the pedagogy has been around since the 1990s. I say “pedagogy” because, as the articles in this issue of Peer Review demonstrate, the real educational benefits of e-portfolios come from a set of pedagogical practices, not the technological platform itself....
Presentation on structure and ideas on the Policy Maker Manual for EUfolio
by Andrea Ghoneim
First ePortfolio classroom usage examples were presented at the 3rd EUfolio partner meeting in Ljubljana (15-16 April 2014). Teachers and a principal from Ljubljana/Polje held presentations entitled "How to encourage critical thinking with the help of Mahara". They showed usage examples of ePortfolios in lower secondary school in Slovenia. In the framework of the EU funded project EUfolio, ePortfolio based teaching is piloted in lower secondary teaching in a range of member states. EUfolio partners from Cyprus were also able to show the first Mahara ePortfolio examples from their piloting schools. Besides supporting their piloting schools, the Cypriot experts are responsible for important project tasks in teacher CPD, support of teachers and evaluation of the pilot. Find out more about...
VALERU - Validation of non-formal/informal learning in Russian Higher Education
by Birgit Wolf
  VALERU, the new EU project oordinated by the Department of Interactive Media and Educational Technologies (IMB), Danube University Krems, adressing the validation of non-formal/informal learning (NIL) in Russian Higher Education celebrated its Kick-Off  in Moscow on 19th of February. The project is funded within Tempus as a national structural measure and is based on a strong cooperation between European and Russian HEIs & HE networks leading in the field of validating of NIL as well as networks of SME and professional associations. The Russian and European partners build a consortium of nine universities (four European, five Russian), the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, a European and two Russian networks. The project´s main approach on validation is...
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DOCC: Feminist Digital Initiative Challenges Universities’ Race for MOOCsBy Birgit Wolf FemTechNet, a network of feminist scholars and educators, is launching a new model for online learning at 15 higher education institutions this fall. The DOCC, or Distributed Open Collaborative Course, is a new approach to collaborative learning and an alternative to MOOCs, the massive open online course model that proponents claim will radicalize twenty-first century higher education. FemTechNet’s first DOCC course, “Dialogues on Feminism and Technology,” will launch fall 2013. The DOCC model for 21st-century higher education recognizes and is built on the understanding that expertise is distributed throughout a network, among participants in diverse institutional contexts. This model explicitly...

News from the Chapters

by Andrea Ghoneim
17.09.2014: At the eLearning day of FH Joanneum in Graz the Austrian chapter of EUROPORTFOLIO was founded. The founding of this chapter also is the starting signal für an exchange of information and expert's know-how about ePortfolios in German language. "Evaluation of Open Learning Scenarios" was the topic of the 13th eLearning day at FH Joanneum. Of couse, ePortfolios were the tool that was present in many papers on self-determined learning. Thomas Strasser of the University of Teacher Education Vienna (PH Wien) held a presentation about implementation strategies for ePortfolios in Higher Education, another implementation at FH Technikum Wien was presented, as well. In a workshop on ePortfolios and Open Badges, Klaus Himpsl-Gutermann (PH Wien) and Andrea Ghoneim (IMB of Danube...
by Samantha Green
Webinar Recording -Europortfolio - Strategies for implementing ePortfolios in Higher Education is now available via our Youtube channel  To view the video click here  To view the slide show click here   
by Andrea Ghoneim
A glance at some ePortfolio tutorials for beginnersDr. Andrea Ghoneim, Donau Universität of Krems When implementing ePortfolios in your organisation or using them with new students or course participants, short video tutorials can be helpful to introduce the uses, usage and advantages of ePortfolio and give some examples of how to benefit from organising one’s experiences with an ePortfolio. We had a look at some videos in English offering a general introduction to ePortfolios. Eportfolios for starters (CDLT. University of Cumbria, uploaded 2008. 3:04 min.) www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B3tujXlbdkThe animated video shows student Sandra. She needs „some space where she can organise and investigate the evidence of her development“. Sandra’s problems – which are the problems of most students -...