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For some years now, the Colegio Apóstol Santiago of Vigo (Spain) has had a Mahara ePortfolio available to students and teachers of the secondary school. Our Mahara is linked to Moodle for single sign-on. I started to use Mahara to introduce my students (and myself) to the concept of ePortfolios. The goal was to create an ePortfolio for science to present at the end of the course. I already had an idea about what I wanted and expected from my students. But the first problem I had to face was not a pedagogical but an ICT issue. I soon realized that I had to teach my students to use Mahara. Although the usability of Mahara is getting better with each new release we must admit that it’s still difficult for those who want to log into their account and start creating a simple text page from scratch. If you also ask for some graphical evidences of learning such as pictures, charts or diagrams you’ll soon realize that implementing a digital portfolio with young students is not as easy as it looks.As an STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) teacher, I don’t have much time...
A recent survey into the implementation of Open Badges, based within the UK, has confirmed that show that there is a lot of interest in their use, but the majority of institutions who responded[1] are at an exploratory stage.  Specifically, the concept of Open Badges seemed to be accepted, but there were several issues raised that are inhibiting their adoption.  These fall into two main categories: Institutional level consultation While some academics are using badges within modules, there were only two institutions where badges had been implemented fully across the institution with a policy or framework to support this implementation. Many responses demonstrated instead that it was individuals or small pilots exploring the possibilities of badges without any consultation at an institutional level. Technical issues  While the VLE was stated as the method that the majority of institutions were using to issue badges, many commented that upon investigation the solution provided by the VLE needed further development and may not be fit for purpose. This work will be...
The ePortfolio implementation guidelines aim at supporting implementation of ePortfolios on the school‘s, institution‘s and consortium‘s level.General implementation guidelines gather the background, recommend models and approved processes and discuss the challenges for schools, institutions and consortia. General implementation guidelines [Browse on a wiki] [Download .pdf version] Institutions‘ implementation guidelines analyse the context,  as well as challenges on pedagogy, management, HR and technology. Institutions‘ implementation guidelienes [Browse on a wiki] [Download .pdf version]  Implementierungsleitfaden für Institutionen [Dokument zum Download] Guia de implementación para Instituciones [Navega en la Wiki] [  Teachers‘ implementation guidelines provide insight into 5 implementation phases (exploration, planning, development, implementation and sustainability) with regard to the school setting. Teachers‘ implementation guidelines [Browse on a wiki] [Download ....
The Competency Framework offers an analysis of ePortfolio technologies and functionalities as they support the processes of competency recognition and accreditation. It consists of two sections:Section One: Issues in the assessment and accreditation of competencies. This section sets out a general understanding of the nature of competency and identifies key aspects of and issues in the processes of recognition and accreditation.Section Two: Integrating ePortfolios (and related technologies) into competency recognition processesThis section identifies the different functionalities of ePortfolio tools and technologies which support different aspects of competency recognition and accreditation processes.The objective of the Framework is:(a) to create a transparent definition and common understanding of the language and processes of competency recognition and(b) to deconstruct the ePortfolio ‘concept’ to enable a better understanding of how different technological capabilities can contribute to building effective competency recognition/accreditation processes.The current version of the...
The ePortfolio Self-development study 
The Maturity Matrix is an attempt to articulate the complex nature of learning in relation to:Two contexts: formal and informal;Three spaces: the learning, working and social spaces;Four components: learning, technologies and their combination in ePortfolios and Open Badges; andFive maturity levels: Aware, Exploring, Developing, Integrated, Transformative.National languages versions:   Matriz de Madurez de los ePortfolios y los Open Badges [Descargar documento]  Mapa gotowości - e-Portfolio i Otwarte Odznaki [Pobierz dokument]  Mapa gotowości - plakat [Pobierz plakat]  ePortfolios & Open Badges Maturity Matrix - Indholdsfortegnelse [Download .pdf versionen]