How do digital technologies transform the way we collect, organize, visualize, and exploit evidence to inform future learning? The 12th International ePortfolio and Identity Conference (ePIC 2014) has opened a call for contributions on the topic of Evidence-Based Learning.
Emerging technologies and tools have created new opportunities and methods for the collection, interpretation, and use of evidence in the learning process. Innovations such as Open Badges, xAPI, Learning Analytics, MOOCs, and Open Data are now contributing to our understanding of technology-supported learning.
In this context, Evidence-Based Learning covers two different and complementary perspectives. Firstly, the use of evidence can help educators to optimize their practice. Secondly, the exploration of newly available types of evidence could lead to transformative innovations in the learning experience.
ePIC 2014 aims to form a complete picture of the technology landscape wherein current ePortfolio initiatives are being built, and to understand how evidence collected in this environment can be used to transform future education. Authors are invited to submit an abstract that relates to the following issues:
- Evidence: how wide is the range of evidence we can collect to plan, support, assess and improve learning processes, as individual learners, professional educators, education leaders, employers and policy makers?
- Collection: what are the methods and technologies at our disposal to collect this potential much wider range of evidence?
- Trust: how to insure and verify the validity of evidence collected?
- Visualisation: how to represent collections of evidence to make informed decisions?
- Interpretation: how good are we at making sense of this range of evidence?
- Practice : how the answers to the preceding questions should impact professional practice?
- Technologies : how the answers to the preceding questions should impact ePortfolio and ePortfolio-related technologies?
ePIC 2014 brings together policy-makers, researchers, teachers, trainers, human resource managers and technologists. As a thematic event it allows an in-depth and broad exploration of the issues - and results in real outcomes. Past events have lead to the creation of national and international networks, contribution to policies, contribution to standardisation bodies, establishing partnerships with other communities in the field of digital identity and human resource standards, transnational projects and numerous publications.
We briefly analyse the enhancement of e-portfolio processes defined by Zubizarreta (2009) with the introduction of mobile technology. We give some examples of the appropriation of mobile device usage in e-portfolio processes carried out by student teachers. These examples become the evidence of the enhancement possibilities of one of the portfolio processes, that of documentation.
- Initial Education —ePortfolio from kindergarten to further and higher education
- Employability, Organisational and Lifelong Learning —ePortfolio from employees to self-employed and entrepreneurs
- Healthcare Education and Practice —ePortfolio from patients to healthcare professionals (special track)
- Assessment, Accreditation and Recognition —knowledge, skills and attitudes
- Policies —ePortfolio and identity initiatives from a single institution to a whole country
- Identity Construction — ePortfolio, social networks, web 2.0
- Technologies —ePortfolio platforms, system architectures and standards
ICERI2012 will focus on the presentation of innovative projects and open up a floor for to discuss the main aspects and the latest results in the field of Education and Research. The general aim of the conference is to promote international collaboration in Education and Research in all educational fields and disciplines. The attendance of more than 700 delegates from 70 different countries is expected.
Until 5 March 2012 authors are invited to submit research papers, case studies, work in progress, position papers, workshops and posters. All submissions will be peer-reviewed by three members of the programme committee for originality, significance, clarity and quality. Accepted papers will be published in the ePIC 2012 proceedings under ISBN 978-2-9540144-1-8.
Authors are invited to address issues in relation to:
- development of lifelong learner / professional / citizen identity;healthcare education of professionals and citizens (professional- health- folio);integrative learning and holistic development;individual / community /organisational ePortfolios and identities development;continuing professional development and sustainable employability;
- assessment, recognition and accreditation of learning (formal, informal, lifelong and life-wide).
Key conference questions may include, (but are not limited to):
- Should everybody (individuals, communities and organisations) have an ePortfolio?
- How do individual and organisational ePortfolios (and identity) relate?
- How do ePortfolios contribute to the identity construction process?
- How do ePortfolios support the acquisition of 21st century skills?
- How do ePortfolios support lifelong learning, orientation and employability?
- How to develop the recognition and accreditation of prior Experience and learning (APEL) ?
- How to create an ePortfolio ecosystem?
- How do ePortfolios, Personal Learning Environments and Personal Working Environments relate?
- How can we make effective an ‘business case’ to those funding eportfolio provision when resources are restricted?
The worldwide emergence of the ePortfolio is transforming our current views on learning technologies. For the first time in the relatively short history of learning technologies we are seeing the rise of a new generation of tools dedicated to valuing and celebrating the achievements of the individual, from nursery school to lifelong and life wide learning, a technology providing a key link for individual, organisational as well as community learning (e.g. communities of practice, learning regions and cities). While some countries and regions are already providing the infrastructure required to offer ePortfolio access to all citizens, other regions and countries are considering it, and others have yet to discover its possibilities.
Europortfolio are looking for partners to submit a proposal to the European Commission. Posible funding is 150.000€ per year, with a maximum of 3 years. Deadline for the submission of proposals is 1 March 2012.
Despite success recorded in the development of ePortfolio initiatives in Europe and beyond, the growth of ePortfolio is still extremely patchy across institutions, regions and sectors. This is the consequence of a lack of leadership resulting in the fragmentation of initiatives, information, technologies and actors.
Leadership: despite the efforts made by a number of actors, including those who have succeeded in making Europe a worldwide ePortfolio actor, this initial leadership has not yet been translated into a shared European ePortfolio vision, practice and infrastructure.
Fragmentation of initiatives: most initiatives occur at individual, local and organisational levels, few at regional, national and international levels (e.g. European Language Portfolio). This fragmentation, which sometimes mirrors that of political structures (municipality/district/region/nation), institutions and sectors, is detrimental to the emergence of a an ePortfolio ecosystem working across space, time and institutions.
Fragmentation of technologies: despite efforts on interoperability (e.g. IMS and LEAP 2A standards) ePortfolios are not interoperable across ePortfolio platforms and main stream information systems in education, human resource development and employment.
Fragmentation of actors: distance, language and cultural barriers affect the ability to share information and build shared knowledge within and across sectors and frontiers. The results of interesting experiences, both successful, as well as failed, are not easily accessible to those planning or making decisions in relation to ePortfolio policy/technology implementation.
Fragmentation of information: despite the efforts of a number of actors, there is no single centralised point from which it is possible to find all relevant information on ePortfolios initiatives, technologies, practice and actors.
In order to address those issues, we are working on building a consortium to submit a proposal to the European Commission. Posible funding (link) is 150.000€ per year, with a maximum of 3 years. Deadline for the submission of proposals is 1 March 2012.
An initial summary of the proposal is accessible at http://tinyurl.com/7ddhs73.
If you are interested to join as a partner or associated partner, you are invited to provide details using an online form accessible at: http://tinyurl.com/7hrxghs. Responses will be used to update the Summary and to invite partners to join as Partner or Associate Partner.
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