Technology
When I started exploring Open Badges a few years ago, I rapidly realised that not only were they a solution to several of the problems we had with ePortfolios, but they also had the potential to help us reinvent them — the Open Badge Passport initiative is our contribution to this. And now that I have started exploring the possible application of blockchains to Open Badges, I realise that not only were blockchains the perfect solution to a number of Open Badge problems, but they could also be a means to review our ideas on Open Badges altogether.What is a blockchain?A blockchain is the historical record of all the transactions between the participants (nodes) of a network. This record is referred to as a ledger, the artefact accountants use for book keeping. Adding new entries to the ledger, or modifying existing ones, is done by adding a new block to the chain — previous blocks are the faithful representation of the ledger’s previous states.Moreover, the blockchain technology makes ledgers unfalsifiable. How is this possible? By providing a copy of the...
Klaus Denkmair
Research
ABSTRACTIn the area of tension of the social demands in the worlds of employment, identity and education adolescent learners in the final phase of their compulsory education – at the age of about 15 years – should be adequately supported at this passage into the job finding process and the job integration process. As a supportive measure the e-portfolioconcept should be integrated into the above areas of tension. After a comprehensive analysis of the social frame conditions and tendencies, that can be assigned and reasoned to the phenomenon of dissolution it is tried to verify the typical aspect, also interpretable as requirement profile, for accordance. In this respect the concept of competence in its basic structure turns out to be a suitable connecting element between these areas of tension as an argument of using the e-portfolio in teaching in that context. It constitutes conclusive evidence that the typical profile of the phenomenon of dissolution is represented in the construction of the identity of the adolescents. The effect sizes of the Hattie research study give proof that the demands in the...
Miscellaneous
PDF download of Danish translation: Retningslinjer for implementering af e-portfolio i konsortier
Learning
A large-scale policy experimentation will evaluate the assessment of transversal skills in schools in 10 european countries. The hypothesis of the Erasmus+ Project ATS2020 (Assessment of Transversal Skills): Assessment can support the development of 21st century skills, such as digital competency, self-regulated learning or cooperation. A meeting of the project partners in Krems, Austria, showed the state of the art of the project. Danube University Krems was also the venue of a trainers' workshop for the piloting countries.On November 11 and 12, 2015 ATS2020 project partners met in order to discuss further steps for the large-scale experimentation of „Assessment of Transversal Skills“. The framework of reference for digital skills and cooperation skills was presented. As transversal skills cannot be easily divided from each other, self-regulated learning was another topic of the presentation of Anastasia Economou (Cyprus), who is coordinator of the project and leading player in elaborating the theoretical and pedagogical basis for the project.At the preceding meeting (June 2015, in...
Research
The contextThe development of work on Open Badges, alongside e-portfolios, has been a strong feature if the Europortfolio Project, see the work on the Matrurity Matrix at  http://europortfolio.org/matrix for example.  But just how far on are with implementation?  The recent extension of a UK survey on Open Badge implementation gave us the opportunity to find out.Five-six colleagues from twenty-four countries represented within the Europortfolio community responded to this first survey, which gathered information on the implementation of Open Badges across Europe and beyond.   Three quarters of respondents were from Higher Education.  The detailed results will be available shortly, here we provide some headline conclusions: Our initial conclusions:There was a high level of awareness of Open Badges amongst respondents.Only a third of our respondents reported holding held senior management roles, suggesting that much activity is still led by practitioners.  The vast majority of respondents were either academic staff or e-learning technologists,...
Activites
Activating teaching and active learning is the guiding principle of education at SDU. This conference is to inspire and disseminate knowledge and experience on how student learning is promoted in accordance with the fundamental principles of SDU.The target audience is primarily teachers from the University of Southern Denmark and University Colleges in Southern Denmark. The conference is open to all interested, and abstracts and registrations from teachers from other national and international universities and other educational institutions are very welcome.The conference aims to provide participants with the opportunity to share, demonstrate, demonstrate, justify and analyze their own examples of activating teaching and active learning; And be inspired to develop their own current practices or develop a new private practice in activating teaching and active learningNumber of participants 160. 2 keynote speakers. 38 parallel sessions. Especially one parallel session will introduce Europortfolio.org to the audience: Lise Agerbæk; Portfolio - a short cut to defining own learning objectives.

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