Thank you to those who joined us from around the world at the 4th international ePortfolio conference, that was held in Oxford, England, on 11-13 October 2006. The main theme for the 2006 conference was "eStrategies for Empowering Learners."
"We are very pleased to once again support e-Portfolio 2006 as the Platinum Sponsor. Since the inaugural conference four years ago, the e-Portfolio Conference has grown into one of the premier events of its kind in the world. E-Portfolio 2006 provides a venue to exchange ideas about how electronic portfolio solutions are breaking new ground in education, government and the private sector as well as to share ideas on a vision for the future."
Dr. David F. Raney, CEO Nuventive
This is the key international event for the growing community of professionals interested in, and working with, ePortfolios. It brings together policy-makers, researchers, teachers, trainers, human resource managers and technologists. As a thematic event devoted to one domain, it allows an in-depth and broad exploration of the issues - and results in real outcomes. Past events have resulted in the creation of national and international networks, contribution to ePortfolio policy, the launch of the ePortfolio for All campaign, progress in ePortfolio interoperability through the Plugfest, transnational projects and numerous publications. The aims of this year’s conference are to build on this work and focus in particular on the role of the ePortfolio in the development and implementation of eStrategies.
We have a rich and varied programme reflecting an excellent response to the call for contributions. We are delighted to welcome as keynote speakers George Siemens, known internationally as a blogger and writer on elearning, technology, knowledge management and social trends, and in particular for his new learning theory of the digital age called connectivism; Helen Barrett, who is continuing her ground-breaking work in ePortfolio research and practice has made a major contribution to previous ePortfolio conferences; Katharine Cummings from Western Michigan University, who is representing our Platinum Sponsor, Nuventive and has first-hand experience of large-scale ePortfolio implementation in higher education. A representative from the Department of Education and Skills will present the role of ePortfolios in England’s eStrategy, while Serge Ravet of EIfEL will set the scene for exploring the eStrategies theme and present progress on the Europe-wide study on ePortfolios currently being carried out by EIfEL
This year’s conference features additional parallel sessions and a Knowledge Café. We are also keen to increase delegate participation by providing opportunities for ongoing feedback and reflection on the event. Interaction will be encouraged by delegates being seated at round tables during the plenary session. The Delegates’ Challenge, for example will be your opportunity to respond to the opening keynotes.
For those delegates interested in exploring the vital challenge of ePortfolio interoperability, one of ePortfolio 2006's associated events is the 2nd ePortfolio Plugfest.
For colleagues new to ePortfolios we are also offering a day's induction workshop, which will cover starting and developing your ePortfolio.
The Conference and Plugfest will also benefit from the outcomes of other associated events taking place during the same week. More
eStrategies for empowering learners
ePortfolio 2006 aims at exploring how the ePortfolio can contribute to the development of eStrategies for learning that result in empowered learners, providing them with greater control over their lifelong and lifewide learning journey. eStrategies can be local to an single or a group of institutions, to a region or a state, to an economic or industrial sector.
Some of the issues linked to eStrategies to be addressed include:
- How should ePortfolio be related to other eStrategies such as eAdministration and eCitizenship and in particular to digital identity?
- How could such eStrategies positively inflence the agenda for the transparency of qualifications and mobility?
- How should we link eStrategies for learning with the promotion of informal learning and recognition of work or social experience?
- How will the ePortfolio affect the future infrastructure of information systems? For example, could we imagine that current top-down centralised directories will be replaced/extended by 'aggregators' of information contained in personal ePortfolios?
- How does interoperability affect the success of ePortfolio initiatives? How can we insure a continuing digital space for lifelong and lifewide learners owning an ePortfolio?
And a number of Exhibitors