Friday, February 8, 2008

Australian e-Portfolio Symposium – Friday 8 February 2008

Australian e-Portfolio Symposium

Friday 8 February 2008

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) – Kelvin Grove Campus

Review of Day 1
Associate Profesor Angela Smallwood, Director, Centre for International ePortfolio Development, University of Nottingham, UK
- ePortfolios = ePF
- What impetus will enable ePortfolios (ePF) to be valued in the Vocational Educaton & Training (VET) Sector?
- need to link ePF into Strategic Priorities
- ePF can 'touch' the whole of human life - so all parts/depts of the Institution may have a potential interest in ePF
- Pedagogically-led pilots in Institutionally Strategic Areas
- can ePF be attached to the individual - learner owned, learner controlled - distributed/disaggregated ePF - drawing on plural repositories - to prevent them having to learn a new ePF everytime they move into another educational/workplace setting
- ePF allow educational institutions to share all of the 'extra' skills our students have, which are not being assessed in the traditional way (ie against outcomes or performance criteria). In VET, ePF could clearer highlight students 'employability skills'. Can ePF allow the better articulation of the employability skills contained within our Training Packages? ePF = employability skills
- ePF purpose: celebrating learning, personal planning, transition/entry to courses, employmnet applications, professional registration
- ePF processes: capturing & storing, evidence, reflecting, giving feedback, collaborating, presenting to an audience
- Start where the pedagogic need is and use tools which are to hand
- focus on the ePF concept and not on the ePF itself

Student perspectives on ePortfolio practice: Panel Discussion
Facilitator: Col McCowan, Careers & Employment, QUT with a Student Panel (Uni & TAFE students)
- ePF virgins = people who have not used an ePF before
- potentially students have a number of ePF over the life ie one from school, vocational training, university, community learning etc - how do the 'manage' this
- an ePF which is moves with the individual is the 'ideal' - rather than having to create new ones everytime they entered into a new learning environment
- having word limits in reflection helps to narrow down to the point you would like to make
- ePF = Eclectic: space, place & connectedness
- Eclecticism is a conceptual approach that does not hold rigidly to a single paradigm or set of assumptions, but instead draws upon multiple theories, styles, or ideas to gain complementary insights into a subject, or applies different theories in particular cases.
- FOCUS: on the principles of having an ePF and not the ePF tool
- ePF 2.0 is very important - too much institutional control is not conducive to developing the ePF concept/principles
- Students are the chefs! old school = "if you build it they will come"; new school: "show us the tools and we will build it" - Tammi Jonas
- what is the best approach to introducing an ePF concept
- ensure that you consider what ePF skills your students already come into the learning environment with when incorporating an ePF
- adopting a 'Google' approach to ePFs - a national ePF which has all of the 'Google' type tools
- need to consider the access and equity issues of students having access to their ePF once they've left the educational institute
- ePF need to 'value-add' to the student's learning experience and not be an extra chore
- link the ePF concept to key Strategic Priorities
- peer support whilst introducing ePFs is very valuable
- having 'established' ePF examples are very useful
- will individual educational institutions have the infrastructure and finance to faciliate an effective lifelong ePF concept? and Why can't we utilise the 'Google' cloud type service??
- ePF for everyone and not just for students
ePortfolio Practice: Current Issues and future needs (Part 1): Group Enquiry
Transition into higher education (schools, VET)
Facilitators: Lynn McAllister, Tracy
Participants: Jennie Jahnke, Amanda Pearce, Allison Miller

University of Woollongong ePortfolio Project

University of Nottingham ePortfolio Project
Angela Smallwood:
- Using web servers rather than interoperability standards
(RIPPLL) are very important to allow for transition between the sectors ie having a 'home page' ePF which links into the ePF data from all of the web: ie PLE - (JOSEPH)
- ePF e-Framework would be 'light weight' or 'thin ePF's' ie developing an ePF e-Framework interface with 'generic' ePF services
- Peter Rees Jones - Senior Visiting Research Fellow - DEEWR are interested in what is happening and have met with Angela whilst at this Symposium

ePortfolio Practice: Current Issues and future needs (Part 1): Report Back: Group Enquiry
Sandra Wills, Director, Centre for Educational Development and Interactive Resources, University of Woollongong

- creating an ePF 'on legs' - one which moves around with you
- common 'pedagogical' principles
- Industry would benefit from ePF which allowed for ease of transition between the sectors when articulating commonalities

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