New publication: Promoting online training opportunities for the workforce in Europe

This document is the interim report for the new European initiative on “Promoting Online Training Opportunities for the Workforce in Europe” (2017-2019) and has been prepared for the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) of the European Commission.

Greetings everyone, and my apologies for any/all cross-posting.Summer will soon be with us, our plenary presenters are confirming their involvement, sponsors are signing up, and proposals for our Dublin seminar already flowing in.  However, it's a hectic time and, based upon feedback from the community - and with thanks to those who have already submitted proposals - this is to let you know that the first closing date for proposals for this event has been extended by two weeks until Monday 5th March.You can submit your proposal online at : closing date for 'earlybird' bookings is 27th April. You can book your place at: primary proposers submitting by this date will receive feedback on their proposals which will enable colleagues to reserve places at the seminar ‘earlybird’ rate.  But if you have already got yours in, or plan to do...
H2020 project CRISS: enabling the acquisition and certification of digital competences
Since January 2017, 14 partners from all over the Europe work on CRISS project (funded by the European Union within Horizon 2020) to implement the acquisition, evaluation and certification of digital competences in secondary schools through a digital platform designed within CRISS. The flexibility of CRISS platform and the philosophy behind it makes it easy to put digital competence teaching into practice, integrating it into European schools' curriculum regardless of organisational structure and syllabi.At the moment CRISS project has open Call for interested schools to register for the...
Conference on Skills & ePortfolios concludes the project ATS2020 on 2 February
Erasmus+ co-funded a project on the Assessment of Transversal Skills (ATS2020). Since 2015, 17 partners from 11 EU countries are developing scaffolding tools, training teachers and piloting in classrooms across Europe with students aged 10 to 15 years. The aim: to show that formative feedback, used in a learning cycle which empowers the learner to take up responsibility for her/his learning is the way to develop 21st century skills such as critical thinking, learning to learn and digital skills. The platforms for such an innovative approach to skills development are ePortfolio platforms in...
Join the conversation about the future of ePortfolios
Europortfolio community invites you to join our collaboration on the ePortfolio green and or white paper.If ePortfolios are such a wonderful thing, we should all have one, shouldn’t we? Why isn’t this the case? What does it say about the state of the art of learning and technologies? Is it because technology is not mature enough? Is it because the learning environment, especially the formal one, is not conducive to ePortfolio practice?Put differently, what is the causal relationship? Is the underdevelopment of ePortfolios an indicator of the current underdevelopment of authentic...
Understanding the essence(s) of portfolio based learning. A collaborative international seminar, the University of Edinburgh, 6-8 June 2016
This intentionally global Seminar, the first jointly organised by the Centre for Recording Achievement (UK) and the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (USA), will take place in the wonderful setting of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. One of the world’s leading Universities,  Edinburgh was an intellectual cradle for the Age of Enlightenment and can boast amongst its many famous alumni signatories of the US declaration of independence, Charles Darwin, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Julius Nyerere, the first president of Tanzania.The seminar will...
From ePortfolios to OpenLedgers — via OpenBadges and BlockChains
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...