Assessment of Transversal Skills – Do it the ePortfolio Way

The project ATS2020 (Assessment of Transversal Skills 2020) aims at creating a model for student learning and the assessment of transversal skills. Coordinated by the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute (Anastasia Economou), the project will implement the model in about 25 schools in each of the 10 participating piloting countries. This large scale experiment will be accompanied by a CPD programme for teachers, impact evaluation and policy recommendations at national and EU levels.

The kickoff for ATS2020 took place in March 2015 in Limassol, Cyprus. While the first phase of work was mainly devoted to agree on a set of skills which will be the basis of the framework and the experimentation, the second partner meeting in Ljubljana had an additional focus on technology and tools for the support of the assessment process for lower secondary students and teachers. On the basis of a – still ongoing – desktop research the partners agreed on using ePortfolios as a basis for assessment. The platforms for the ePortfolios are still under negotiation, but it looks as if Mahara as an Open Source solution and a Microsoft ePortfolio platform will be among the platforms of choice.

The tools and platforms have to support ePortfolio functions as well as self-assessment, peer assessment and assessment by a teacher and/or an authority. They should provide both environments for summative and formative assessment – the latter being explicitly in the focus of ATS2020. Using ePortfolio platforms also means that additional assessment tools can be used as long as the results can be embedded in the ePortfolio. A review of pre-selected tools is in progress. The results will be presented at the next partner meeting of ATS2020 at Danube University Krems, Austria, where the first train-the-trainer workshop will be held, as well.

A hot summer lies in front of the ATS2020 partners – looking forward to a heartwarming meeting in November 2015 when theory and technology will meet with didactic settings and practitioners.

ATS2020 – Assessment of Transversal Skills 2020 is a project funded by the European Commission under the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme (Key Action 3: Support for policy reform - Prospective Initiatives: European policy experimentations). Project duration: March 2015 – February 2018.

Education / lifelong learning
Secondary Education