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Europortfolio
On Sept 24th 2014 the Nordic chapter of Europortfolio held a dissemination event for Europortfolio. The title was EVALUATION AND RECOGNITION IN EDUCATION: ALTERNATIVE WAYS. The general purpose of the day was to tell about Europortfolio, but also to hear from three researchers with practice within the field of evaluation and recognition. Ilona Buchem, from Beuth Technische Hochschuletold gave a lecture about recognizing students’ skills by awarding “batches”. It has happened in the format Open Badges - and she showed different examples of Open Badges. Janet Strivens and Rob Ward, The Centre for Recording Achievement, UK presented via Adobe Connect how UK universities work with “skills awards” to recognize extra curricular activities. This is often done to brand the university. Rob presented a personal development application used in Manchester called HEAR.Lastly Donna Hurford, SDU Universitetspædagogik, Denmark, presented the use of a rubric based evaluation practice and held a workshop with the participants discussing how the use of a rubric could benefit...
Research
Implementing Open Badges: your opportunity to contribute to the first international survey of Open Badge implementation! Open Badges are a relatively new development in Education.  This first survey of practice will help us to discover where institutions are up to with interest in, and adoption of, Open Badges across Europe and beyond, the purposes people are using Badges for, and to find out what the perceived barriers to implementation are.So, if you have an interest in Badges you can contribute by completing our survey at http://bit.ly/1O5o5yF.Your support with this is greatly appreciated. The final research will be published in RAPPORT  (The International Journal for Recording Achievement, Planning and Portfolios) published by the Centre for Recording Achievement, and a summary of results will be circulated through various JISCmail lists, and the Europortfolio network.  So the more people contribute the richer the picture we will be able to report upon.And, if you know of other practice please encourage colleagues to complete the survey too.
Research
“Game Based Learning to support employability – Supporting Girls Career Choices in the field of ICT and Entrepreneurship” A Europortfolio webinar hosted by the Centre for Recording Achievement. Led by Bernhard Ertl Professor of technology-enhanced learning - Department for Interactive Media and Educational Technology, Danube University Krems, AustriaStudies have shown that female students show less active classroom participation in STEM (sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and ICT courses (e.g. Blickenstaff 2005). They also report a lower level of self-confidence – a phenomenon that can have negative impact on the development of interests as well as for career choices (e.g. Jurik, Gröschner & Seidel 2013). Stereotypes, particularly those of parents and teachers, can have a big impact on pupils’ dispositions, especially stereotypes regarding females in ICT as well as the respective attribution patterns (Martignon 2010). Such effects reduce girls’ willingness to pursue a career in the ICT field, which is crucial with respect to the concept of...
Europortfolio
Thematic report on the use of ePortfolios in Higher Education was developed using the information available at the Europortfolio portal and a literature review on the topic. The main goal of this report is to provide an overview of current work on the use of ePortfolios in HE. In addition, it offers some insights into areas and topics that need further development.  
Europortfolio
The report reviews the initiatives of e-portfolio used for supporting teachers’ professional development in various countries across Europe and beyond.It screens the practices reflected in the resources and presents the current status of developments.The report focuses on the presentation of resources targeted at the teachers published on Europortfolio Portal by its members in two sections: teaching practice and professional development.The appendixes provide the list of organisations and institutions dealing with e-portfolio at various levels and the briefing of the resources available elsewhere targeted at the teachers
Blog
For some years now, the Colegio Apóstol Santiago of Vigo (Spain) has had a Mahara ePortfolio available to students and teachers of the secondary school. Our Mahara is linked to Moodle for single sign-on. I started to use Mahara to introduce my students (and myself) to the concept of ePortfolios. The goal was to create an ePortfolio for science to present at the end of the course. I already had an idea about what I wanted and expected from my students. But the first problem I had to face was not a pedagogical but an ICT issue. I soon realized that I had to teach my students to use Mahara. Although the usability of Mahara is getting better with each new release we must admit that it’s still difficult for those who want to log into their account and start creating a simple text page from scratch. If you also ask for some graphical evidences of learning such as pictures, charts or diagrams you’ll soon realize that implementing a digital portfolio with young students is not as easy as it looks.As an STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) teacher, I don’t have much time...

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