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The Centre for International ePortfolio Development is an autonomous Centre within the University's Research & Learning Resources Division in Information Services. They manage a set of externally-funded projects led by the University of Nottingham.  List of some completed projects related to ePortfolios:eP4LL (ePortfolio for Lifelong Learning)Leap2ASpecifying an ePortfolioESCAPES (Enhanced Student Centred Administration for Placement ExperienceS)The Centre for International ePortfolio Development (CIePD) has now closed; however you can read more about the Projects they led and supported here http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ciepd/projects/projects.aspx
by Simon Grant
From Simon Grant's blog:There has been much discussion recently about Mozilla Open Badges, xAPI (Experience API, alias "Tin Can API") and LRMI, as new and interesting specifications to help bring standardisation particularly into the world of technology and resources involved with people and their learning. They have all reached their "version 1" this year, along with InLOC.InLOC can quietly serve as a cornerstone of all three, providing a specification for one of the important things they may all want to refer to. InLOC allows documentation of the frameworks, of learning outcomes, competencies, abilities, whatever you call them, that describe what people need to know and be able to do.Mozilla has been given, and devoted, plenty of resource to their OpenBadges... Read more

News Room

by Andrea Ghoneim
First ePortfolio classroom usage examples were presented at the 3rd EUfolio partner meeting in Ljubljana (15-16 April 2014).Teachers and a principal from Ljubljana/Polje held presentations entitled "How to encourage critical thinking with the help of Mahara". They showed usage examples of ePortfolios in lower secondary school in Slovenia. In the framework of the EU funded project EUfolio, ePortfolio based teaching is piloted in lower secondary teaching in a range of member states. EUfolio partners from Cyprus were also able to show the first Mahara ePortfolio examples from their piloting schools. Besides supporting their piloting schools, the Cypriot experts are responsible for important project tasks in teacher CPD, support of teachers and evaluation of the pilot.Find out more about the... Read more
by Birgit Wolf
VALERU, the new EU project oordinated by the Department of Interactive Media and Educational Technologies (IMB), Danube University Krems, adressing the validation of non-formal/informal learning (NIL) in Russian Higher Education celebrated its Kick-Off  in Moscow on 19th of February. The project is funded within Tempus as a national structural measure and is based on a strong cooperation between European and Russian HEIs & HE networks leading in the field of validating of NIL as well as networks of SME and professional associations. The Russian and European partners build a consortium of nine universities (four European, five Russian), the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, a European and two Russian networks. The project´s main approach on... Read more
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DOCC: Feminist Digital Initiative Challenges Universities’ Race for MOOCsBy Birgit WolfFemTechNet, a network of feminist scholars and educators, is launching a new model for online learning at 15 higher education institutions this fall. The DOCC, or Distributed Open Collaborative Course, is a new approach to collaborative learning and an alternative to MOOCs, the massive open online course model that proponents claim will radicalize twenty-first century higher education. FemTechNet’s first DOCC course, “Dialogues on Feminism and Technology,” will launch fall 2013. The DOCC model for 21st-century higher education recognizes and is built on the understanding that expertise is distributed throughout a network, among participants in diverse institutional contexts. This model explicitly... Read more

News from the Chapters

by Nicola Abbott
Webinar Recording -Europortfolio - Strategies for implementing ePortfolios in Higher Education is now available via our Youtube channel To view the video click here To view the slide show click here  
by Andrea Ghoneim
A glance at some ePortfolio tutorials for beginnersDr. Andrea Ghoneim, Donau Universität of KremsWhen implementing ePortfolios in your organisation or using them with new students or course participants, short video tutorials can be helpful to introduce the uses, usage and advantages of ePortfolio and give some examples of how to benefit from organising one’s experiences with an ePortfolio. We had a look at some videos in English offering a general introduction to ePortfolios.Eportfolios for starters (CDLT. University of Cumbria, uploaded 2008. 3:04 min.)www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B3tujXlbdkThe animated video shows student Sandra. She needs „some space where she can organise and investigate the evidence of her development“. Sandra’s problems – which are the problems of most students - are... Read more