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Announcement
The Europortfolio community is pleased  to announce the launch of the “ePortfolio Self-Development Study” MOOC on the EMMA (European Multiple MOOC Aggregator) platform. The MOOC, starting on June 15th, is offered in three languages (English, Spanish and Polish) is free,  and is addressed to individuals or institutions who want to learn how to use ePortfolios from different perspectives.ePortfolios are becoming increasingly popular due to  their capacity and flexibility  to be applied to a wide array of contexts as well as their ability to be used in a great variety of individual or organizational purposes. This MOOC stands on a set of seven independent modules that provides the conceptual and instrumental knowledge for the development of an ePortfolio solution that meet individual or institutional objectives.The MOOC is aimed at different audiences such as learners, teachers, employers, governmental administrators or professional bodies interested in implementing an ePortfolio for the first time or who are interested in enhancing their current practices.For more...
Announcement
 With colleagues from the USA and Australia, members of Europortfolio provided global leadership to the international seminar on the theme of  ‘Researching and Evaluating Recording Achievement, Personal Development Planning and e-Portfolio’ held in Plymouth, UK on the 16th and 17th April 2015.  Igor Balaban, Europortfolio co-ordinator, contributed to the introductory plenary session entitled ‘The global e-portfolio research forum:  joining the dots and identifying the gaps,’ and Europortfolio members contributed to several symposia sessions and research reports, including: Eportfolio practices. Janet Strivens, the Centre for Recording Achievement /University of Liverpool, UK. Why doesn’t everyone have an ePortfolio?  Serge Ravet, Europortfolio Project Partner; ADPIOS, France, Igor Balaban, Europortfolio co-ordinator, University of Zagreb and other members of Europortfolio. Technology and employability: Bernard Ertl & Sylvia Grossgasteiger, Danube University Krems, Austria:   Game-Based...
Announcement
The first version of Open Badge Passport (https://www.openbadgepassport.com) was published in April 2015. It’s a service developed by Discendum, where anyone can easily receive, share and manage their Open Badges. Open Badge Passport is free for personal use and is useful for anyone who earns Open Badges.Open Badge Passport is fully compatible with Mozilla Backpack. Earners can easily import their badges from their Mozilla Backpack into their Passport and from their Passport into their Backpack.A key advantage is that Passport users can automatically receive badges that are issued by the Open Badge Factory platform without intermediate steps. Open Badge Passport also supports multiple email addresses, so users will receive their badges in one place even if they have been issued with different email addresses.Open Badge Passport offers its users several innovative features such as the ability to rate the badges you’ve earned, to share them where you like and with whom you like and to create mini-portfolio pages.Naturally, you can also share your Open Badges on social media. Social sharing of...
Activites
Dublin Castle was the prestigious venue of EUfolio’s final event – an International ePortfolio conference, held on 22 April 2014.The conference was a big success with more than 200 people attending, and schools from Cyprus, Lithuania, Slovenia and Spain showcasing their experiences with ePortfolios in Lower Secondary schools. While the international participants had to confine themselves to send teachers and principals, Ireland’s schools were also represented by students.Keynote speaker Val Klenowski from Queensland University of Technology talked about “Accentuating the Social in the digital Age of Assessment.” She emphasized the difference between just being connected via Social Media and communicating with other beings. Not all students – who often have brilliant digital skills – are equally skilled in conversation and relationships. Val Klenowski thinks that (e)Portfolios can contribute to a learning process that leads to substantive conversation, metacognitive development and reflection – especially if they are used as a basis of an exam, which is...
Norman Jackson , Jenny Willis
Research
Lifewide Magazine is published four times a year under a Creative Commons license. Each issue examines and explores a different aspect of lifewide learning, education, personal development and achievement.Issue 13 explores the idea of Reflection in the Social Age- is it any different to what went on before the age of social media? The issue includes articles by Jenny Moon, Julian Stodd, John Cowan, Rob Ward and Andrew Middleton as well as members of the Lifewide Education team. We hop you enoy it and we welcome any further contribtions.  This magazine is free to download and can be found at http://www.lifewidemagazine.co.uk/
Research
For the past three years, I have researched the ePortfolio concept from the labour market perspective. My research draws on three years of empirical research within an innovative program in The Netherlands, “Let’s Connect”. The insights from the conducted study, which are gathered in a collection of five papers (more information can be found below), provide a new perspective on the concept of ePortfolio, which thus far have only been subjected to academic attention within the realm of education. There, it has predominantly been researched with respect to a variety of pedagogical applications.  According to the labour market paradigm, central to this thesis, ePortfolios are considered digital profiles from which work readiness can be inferred. These profiles serve as the basis through which an optimal match between supply and demand of labour can be pursued.  With my PhD in the final stages, I am currently developing a platform aimed at briding education with the labour market, which I intend to launch in The Netherlands later in 2015 More information on the...

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