16.04.2015
EUROPORTFOLIO EVENT
Speakers: 
Conference
Researching and Evaluating Recording Achievement, Personal Development Planning and e-Portfolio.’

In association with:

PedRIO

Europortfolio

The Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research

Curate, Credential and Carry Forward Digital Learning Evidence

 

The fourth international seminar

‘Researching and Evaluating Recording Achievement, Personal Development

Planning and e-Portfolio.’

Plymouth, UK, 16-17th April 2015.

 

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On behalf of the Planning Group, I am pleased to invite you to join with other practitioners and researchers at this seminar, planned in partnership with US, Australian and Europortfolio colleagues, on the theme of ‘Researching and Evaluating Recording Achievement, Personal Development Planning and e-Portfolio.’ If you see yourself as primarily a practitioner rather than an educational researcher please do not let this title put you off. The seminar will be intentionally inclusive: submissions and participation are invited from both established and emergent researchers and practitioners with evidence-informed stories to tell. Studies employing various methodologies are welcome, from case studies of individuals and small groups to large cross-institutional studies linked to retention and graduation data.  We aim to:

  • Draw together colleagues from across the world who seek to use reflective practice, e-portfolio tools and the functionalities associated with them to promote self-regulated, transformative, personalised or integrative learning, to align assessment with learning and to support employability, ‘graduateness’, transitions and the development of professional identity and capability;
  • include digital badges and other emerging forms of credentialing in our agenda;
  • focus upon encouraging practitioners to engage in and report upon such research and evaluation activities, and on sharing and developing the body of evaluation and research evidence to inform decisions about effective practices;
  • provide an environment that is supportive, developmental and scholarly, and which will encourage participants to publish their work, with support, in our forthcoming international peer-reviewed journal.

 

 

Our emphasis:

Following on the successful third international seminar held in Nottingham, UK in 2010, this event will bring together national and international practitioners and researchers to further develop a community of practice that will:

  1. share evaluated practice amongst those supporting integrative and transformational learning through recording achievement, e-Portfolio and PDP;
  2. build pedagogic research capacity by supporting emergent research and practitioner-researchers;
  3. encourage a critique of current research, monitoring and evaluation practices;
  4. facilitate further discussion of appropriate research and evaluation methods;
  5. contribute robust evidence to underpin the effective implementation and use of e-Portfolios and recording and reflecting on achievement.

 

The seminar will be intentionally inclusive: submissions and participation are invited from both established and emergent researchers and practitionerswith an interesting story to tell. Studies employing various methodologies are welcome, from case studies of individuals and small groups to large cross-institutional studies linked to retention and graduation data.  We aim to:

 

  • focus upon sharing and developing the body of evaluation and research evidence to inform decisions about effective practices, and specifically upon encouraging practitioners to engage in and report upon such research and evaluation activities;
  • provide an environment that is supportive, developmental and scholarly.

 

 

 

The Context:

Processes that connect reflection, recording, presentation, planning and action to support learning and development can be found across the world.

PPDP (Personal and Professional Development Planning) engages students (and staff) in recording and reviewing achievements, reflecting (‘stopping and thinking’), and planning for personal, educational and career development. It further seeks to capture the potentially transformative experience of cross curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular learning.  Electronic portfolios are themselves now an established global phenomenon. In the UK, many Higher Education Institutions chose to use e-portfolio systems to support the implementation of PPDP and, very recently, the formative Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), as well as professional recognition programmes. Other emerging activities, such as the Open Badges initiative and considerations of micro-credentialing, connect further to this agenda.

This work is highly congruent with other developments across the world, such as the Europortfolio initiative, the ‘Digital Credentialing’ project in Australia, and the work of the Inter/national Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research and the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) in the US. We each seek to use e-portfolio tools and the functionalities associated with them to promote self-regulated, transformative, personalised or integrative learning, to align assessment with learning and to support employability, ‘graduateness’, transitions and the development of professional identity and capability.

 

This international seminar will be of interest to:

•        e-Portfolio and HEAR/PDP project leaders and practitioners

•        e-Portfolio and HEAR/PDP practitioner-researchers

•        Educational developers

•        Teaching fellows

•        HE learning and teaching managers

•        Educational researchers

 

Key seminar themes are:

  1. Tutoring, mentoring, coaching for e-portfolio and PDP practice.
  2. Student learning and engagement: transformative learning, identity & self-authorship, reflection & self-regulation, planning & recording.
  3. E-portfolio systems, tools and institutional implementation: change management, scaling up and staff development.
  4. Life long and life wide learning: co/extra-curricular learning, employability, work based/ service learning /civic engagement /CPD.

 

 

Seminar proposals should take the following forms:

  1. Research and/or Project report papers – these half-hour sessions will report [20 mins max reporting plus 10 mins for questions] on completed PDP, e-Portfolio and/or related research and evaluation projects addressing one or a number of the themes listed above.

2.  Symposia – these sixty-minute sessions will bring together a number of trigger papers on a similar theme to allow more detailed discussion and/or workshop activities.

Each such trigger paper will briefly [10 mins] synthesise current research, raise a key research and evaluation question, propose a novel research/evaluation methodologyor present research/evaluation in progress as a trigger for structured discussion.

Groups might wish to collaborate to offer symposia; alternatively, individuals may wish to submit proposals for trigger papers in line with one of the four seminar themes, allowing organisers to group contributions together around a common theme.

  1. Poster contributions - presenting key ideas, data and/or evidence - and your interpretations - as a basis for informal discussion.

 

 

Outline Seminar timetable

DAY ONE

Time

Activity

 

11am

Welcome

Rob Ward, Director, the Centre for Recording Achievement and Professor Pauline Kneale, Pro-Vice Chancellor

Teaching and Learning; Director, Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO); PEDRIO, Plymouth University.

11.15am-12.30

Introductory Plenary and discussion.

‘The global e-portfolio research forum: joining the dots and identifying the gaps.’

 

12.30 -1.30

Lunch

[and Posters]

1.30 – 2.30

Symposia session 1

Setting up the key themes: trigger papers and discussion.

2.40-3.15

Parallel session 1

Research and project report papers.

3.15-3.45

Tea

[and Posters]

3.45-4.20

Parallel session 2

Research and project report papers.

4.30 – 5.30

Symposia session 2/ parallel workshops

Trigger papers and discussion.

Researching our practice/writing for academic publication.

7.30pm

Reception

[RAPPORT journal launch] With the support of

8pm

Seminar Dinner

 

DAY TWO (Shared session with PedRIO 08.50-10.00)

8.50am

Welcome (to CRA and PedRIO delegates)

Professor Pauline Kneale, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Teaching and Learning; Director, Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO); Professor of Pedagogy and Enterprise, University of Plymouth.

9.-10am

Plenary Keynote

(CRA and PedRIO)

Alison James, Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, London College of Fashion, National Teaching Fellow, Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy, with Stephen D Brookfield, John Ireland Endowed Chair at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.

‘Helping students become creative and reflective learners, what do we know, what do we need to know.’

10-10.30am

Parallel session 3

Research and project report papers.

10.30-11am

Coffee

[and Posters]

11-11.30

Parallel session 4

Research and project report papers.

11.30-12.30pm

Symposia Session  2

 

12.30-1pm.

Plenary

Consolidating learning, themes and plans.

1pm

Lunch

[and Posters]

2pm

Close

Colleagues are welcome to join the PEDRIO keynote presentation from Professor Ron Barnett Emeritus Professor of Higher Education, Institute of Education, University of London, on the theme of ‘the idea of a University, and its evolution’, and other PedRIO sessions in the afternoon.

Costs:

This event is organised on a cost-recovery basis.  The costs of participation will be:

  • CRA members and seminar associates                                  £149.00
  • All other delegates                                                               £199.00

Seminar fees cover participation, refreshments, lunches and the Seminar dinner.

Plymouth has a range of Hotels and visitor attractions, seehttp://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/

 

Delegates are free to book their own accommodation; however Jury’s Inn, Plymouthhttp://www.jurysinns.com/hotels/plymouth are offering a rate of £63 for Bed and Breakfast, which delegates can book and pay themselves online athttp://alturl.com/f89wi or telephone +44 1752 631 000 quoting group code “CRA2015”.

 

 

Please join us in England’s tranquil south west, in a city which boasts:

• the steps from which the Pilgrim Fathers left for America on the Mayflower in 1620. (Prior to this Richard Grenville had left Plymouth in 1584 and set up the Roanoke Colonies in America).

• England’s oldest working distillery;

• the oldest commercial bakery in the world still in operation;

• the port from which Napoleon left on his way to exile in 1815 and Charles Darwin departed on board the Beagle in 1831;

• the biggest Naval Base in Western Europe;

• a University ranked in the top 50 of the world’s best universities under 50 years old (Times Higher Education 2014);

and a county which includes five areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, A UNESCO Geopark, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and two National Parks.

 

 

 

What participants said about the last major seminar we organised:

• ‘surpassed my expectations...’

• ‘A lot more impressed with the content and discussion that took place. Much more of the content

was relevant than I thought would be at the beginning and people were a lot more honest and

genuine about their own opinions.’

• ‘The event ticked all those intentions, great to engage with all these ideas.’

• ‘9/10 and chances to follow up and collaborate’

 

• ‘This has been one of the most useful and effective use of my time at a conference ever!

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