On the Watch

by Serge Ravet
 Grading Soft Skills (GRASS) is a 3-year research project financially supported by EU (project reference number: 543029-LLP-1-2013-1-RS-KA3-KA3MP), focusing on representing soft skills of learners of various ages and at different levels of education in a quantitative, measurable way, so that these skills can become the subject of formal validation and recognition. The project is being developed with the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) of the EU, the flagship European funding programme in the field of education and training. The key objective of LLP is to enable individuals at all stages of their lives to pursue stimulating learning opportunities across Europe. The GRASS project is categorized as an LLP transversal programme key action 3 (KA3) project. KA3 projects... Read more
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 role in... Read more
by Nicola Abbott
The Europortfolio team presented on July 2 2014 the "ePortfolios and Open Badges Maturity Matrix". The objective was to collect feedback from practitioners and experts on a document that is aimed at helping organisations to plan and reflect on current developments and lay the foundations for the development of a review tool (self-assessment) that will be used to plan, monitor and review ePortfolios and Open Badges policies, technologies and practices.What was presented is an alpha version (draft) of the Matrix and we are looking forward to the feedback of the community to produce a beta version that will be used to build the self-assessment tool. Based on the outcomes of the self-assessment tool's exploitation, a final version of the Matrix will be produced. If you want to start... Read more
by Nicola Abbott
This webinar was hosted by Serge Ravet, ADPIOS on the topic of 'How could Open Badges transform ePortfolio practice and technologies?'This webinar took place on Tuesday 27th May 2014 at 11 am UK TIME Access the slides from this presentation hereAccess the recording at https://connect.liv.ac.uk/p786iz5rnoh/

News Room

by Nicola Abbott
Life as a GP is busy enough, without having to worry about collecting evidence to justify that you are doing a good job.However, appraisal is here to stay, as is revalidation, as part of a five-year cycle of appraisals.We all try to do a good job, but we have to keep the necessary information to make our appraiser and responsible officer aware of this.  CPDFor CPD we are most likely to self-assess any learning we undertake and justify the learning in units of hours or RCGP learning credits to our appraiser, who will confirm them if they are appropriate.This could involve attending a clinical meeting, reading an article, recording a significant event, completing an e-module or attending a course.Most appraisers will not worry about you producing certificates of attendance, but... Read more
by Serge Ravet
London, Saturday 25 October 2014 saw the launch of Badge Europe! (acronym BEU!, pronounced “Be You”) an initiative aiming at creating the conditions for:Providing systematic access to the recognition of all learning, whether non-formal, informal or formal;Increasing the transparency, trustworthiness and quality of the recognition of learning achievements;Empowering individuals for more balanced relationships with institutions and authorities;Creating new opportunities for employment, social inclusion and learning  for all.More and more European countries are emphasising the importance of making visible and valuing the learning that takes place outside formal education and training institutions. Yet, despite a number of initiatives and recommendations on the recognition... Read more
by Nicola Abbott
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 report... Read more
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.... Read more

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 for 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 University... Read more