Dear Europortfolio community members, dear Portal contributors,As you are probably aware, Europortfolio started as a Lifelong Learning project and has been funded with support from the European Commission. We started at the beginning of 2013 and finalized the project by the end of 2015. The project ended, but the portal and the community of ePortfolio experts and practitioners communicating here remain alive and vivid.Just to remind you that our aim has been to contribute to the realisation of a European area for lifelong learning, using ePortfolios as a means to support reflective learning and practice as well as transparency and trust across all the actors involved in education and employment. This was achieved by bringing together the community of European ePortfolio experts and practitioners and developing a Learning Community Portal as a space to publish, share and review data and resources on ePortfolio practices and technologies. So far the Europortfolio community has...
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...
Implementing Open Badges, emerging conclusions from the first Europortfolio Survey
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 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...