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 which students can showcase their artefacts, receive and give feedback and reflect on their learning goals and strategies.
As the project is approaching its end, various good practices and case studies are published in a repository (https://resources.ats2020.eu/). If you search there for "ePortfolio", for example, you can find some lesson plans, but also video testimonials of students who report about their ePortfolio work in class.
The final conference of ATS2020 will be an additional space to share the findings of the project. It will take place on Friday, 2 February 2018 in the Vlaams Parlement in Brussels and you (and your students) can participate without a fee. Apart from an exhibition where selected schools from the ATS2020 partner countries will showcase their learning experiences, a range of workshops will be devoted to learning designs, formative assessment, digital tools in the classroom, ePortfolios and much more. The ATS2020 team is pleased to welcome Helen Barrett as a keynote speaker. Her topic: "Know Thyself: ePortfolios and Reflective Stories of Deep Learning". Outcomes and policy recommendations will be presented by ATS2020 partners and the project coordinator, Anastasia Economou. Presentations of Yves Punie and Lieve van den Brande of the European Commission will frame the sessions of the event.
Please have a look at the programme and register for February 2, 2018!