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This year's conference challenge is "breaking boundaries for human capital development and social innovation." The objective is to explore how digital technologies, and in particular ePortfolios and digital identity, are transforming individual, organisational and community learning and development, creating an opportunity for the emergence of new models and paradigms in the field of learning, employment, human capital and social innovation, contributing to finding the solution to the challenges we are facing today in building an inclusive and sustainable knowledge economy and society.

In order to address this year's conference challenge, a number of tracks will be organised along the following dimensions:
Technologies Processes Sectors Actors
  • ePortfolio
  • Digital Identity
  • Social computing
  • Trust (incl. identification, authentification)
  • Learning management (incl. Personal Learning Environments)
  • Web 2.0
  • Data mining
  • Graph visualisation
  • Concept mapping
  • Architectures
  • Interoperability (incl. technical standards and conformance testing)
  • Policy making
  • Learning & teaching
  • Lifelong learning
  • Formal and informal learning
  • Assessment
  • Recognition and accreditation of competencies
  • Competency management
  • Training and development
  • Knowledge management
  • Innovation
  • Quality
  • Employability & employment
  • Economic development
  • Social inclusion
  • Initial education (incl. pupils, teachers and admin, etc.)
  • Continuing education (incl. tutors, trainers, trainees, etc.)
  • Employment (career guidance and counselling, job boards, etc.)
  • Healthcare (patients, nurses, doctors, admin staff, etc.)
  • Voluntary sector and community development
  • Engineering
  • Individuals
  • Organisations
  • Communities (incl. professional bodies and social networks)
  • Cities
  • Regions
breaking boundaries for human capital development and social innovation

When submitting a contribution, we invite the authors to indicate in the keywords which technologies / processes / sectors and actors they intend to address.

The following is an indicative list of issues and topics authors might want to address in the different conference tracks:

Track # 1: From ePortfolio to digital identity 

The objective of this track is to explore the relationships between ePortfolios and digital identities and more generally between the different types of personal data records and personal digital representation. A central issue should be the exploitation, by individuals and under their control, of their personal data — track # 6 addresses the related technical issues.

  • Issues — What is the role of ePortfolios in the creation of social and professional identities? What is the relation between digital and physical identity? How can individuals and organisations maximise the use of their personal data? What skills and competencies do learners, educators, instructional designers, human resource managers need to develop to harness the real power of the ePortfolios and digital identities? What relations between individual and organisational ePortfolios and identities? Education in ePortfolio and digital identity. Managing multiple ePortfolios and identities

  • Topics — ePortfolio, digital identity, professional identity, social computing, social networks, personal health records, personnal digital safe, avatars, cultural identity, education, community and organisational digital identity, multiple identities, transhumanism.

Track # 2: Management, recognition and accreditation of competencies 

The objective of this track is to explore the role ePortfolios and digital identities play in the management, recognition and accreditation of competencies. A central issue should be the role technology can play in facilitating the informal recognition of competencies.

  • Issues — How does social computing contribute to informal recognition of competencies and talents? How do ePortfolios contribute to secure and sustainable learning and career paths?  How does technology contribute to the construction of professional identities? Do ePortfolios and digital identities demand and enable new pedagogical and human resources management approaches?Recognition vs accreditation of competencies. Informal vs formal recognition of competencies.

  • Topics — Accreditation of prior learning, assessment, authentic assessment,  career portfolio,

Track # 3: Employability and employment

The objective of this track is to explore the role of ePortfolios and digital identity technologies in contributing to lifelong learning and employability. A central issue should be the way ePortfolios and digital identities encourage individuals’ autonomy and responsibility.
  • Issues — how to develop employability and manage one’s career path? Managing the transition across different episodes and transitions of one’s lifelong learning . Managing and exploiting formal, informal and non-formal learning opportunities.

  • Topics — lifelong learning, employability, recruitment, transparency of qualifications, mobility, autonomy, continuing professional development, personal development planning, key competencies, key skills, employability skills, skills for life, standards of competence.

Track # 4: Healthcare

The objective of this track is to explore the role of ePortfolios and digital identity technologies in contributing to healthcare provision. This include the use of ePortfolios as tools for continuing professional development of staff to the use of personnal health records.
  • Issues — What can we learn from ePortfolios and digital identity developments in the healthcar sector? How can we use technology to support health education as part of general education? Encouraging healthy lifestyles through technologies.

  • Topics — ePortfolios, personnal health records, .

Track # 5: Personal and organisational learning and knowledge management

The objective of this track is to explore the contribution of ePortfolios and digital identities to the management of organisational knowledge and learning. A central issue should be the link between individual and organisational learning and quality as a learning process.
  • Issues – How do ePortfoliod contribute to organisational learning? How do ePortfolios and digital identities impact the provision of learning management systems? What relationships between Personal Learning Environments and Organisational Learning Environments? Is there a future for learning management systems? How does the ePortfolio support the construction and sharing of knowledge within and across research and professional communities? Informal learning in the workplace. Talent and competency management and development. Capturing knowledge in storytelling.

  • Topics — Formal and informal learning, quality improvement, business transformation, SMEs, communities of practice, professional communities, collaborative learning, organisational ePortfolio, knowledge management, performance support systems, personal learning environments, organisational development.

Track # 6: Designing  eStrategies within regions and sectors

The objective of this track is to explore the benefits of territorial (local, regional or national) as well as sectoral eStrategies for human capital development and social innovation. A central issue should be the exploitation of ePortfolios and digital identities across a large number of institutions and organisations, within a territory or a sector.

  • Issues — What are the benefits of territorial (local, regional or national) and sectoral ePortfolio deployments? What ePortfolio services should be deployed on a territorial rather than organisational level? This track will also address the issues of policies, learning regions, sectoral and international collaboration as well as ePortfolio for SMEs.

  • Topics — digital divide, social integration, migration, mobility, aging workforce, globalisation, regionalisation, litteracy, learning cities, learning regions.

Track # 7: Identification, authentification, trust and privacy

The objective of this track is to explore the different technologies available that can contribute to build a trustworthy digital environment where personal data records can be exchanged safely under the control of their owner / principal.

  • Issues – How do digital identity management framework (Liberty Alliance, OpenID, CardSpace, etc.) impact learning and development system architectures? What reglementary and legal frameworks?
  • Topics — trust, authentication, certificates, federation of identities, federation of services, privacy

Track # 8: Information system architectures, data representation and technologies

The objective of this track is to explore the impact of ePortfolio and digital identities for emerging technologies as well as the design of learning, employment and healthcare services. A central issue should be the exploration of the benefits of seamless interaction between multiple information systems through the relevant exploitation of personal data records.

  • Issues – Building and exploiting ePortfolios in virtual worlds. The benefits and costs of aggregation over integration of informations systems? Exploiting personal records to develop discovery services. Interoperability across systems exploiting personal data records.

  • Topics: Web 2.0, social computing, data mining, user interface, concept map, mind mapping, graph visualisation, knowledge media, virtual worlds, personal learning spaces, podcasts, blogs, wikis, new media, user-generated contents, social networks, interoperability, mobile learning, semantic web, ontologies

Track # 8:  Implementation and scalability

The objective of this track is to explore the issues linked to the implementation of ePortfolios and digital identity. A central issue should be the scalability of the solutions and the move from pilot initiatives to full scale projects.

  • Issues – How to move from pilot projects to large scale implementation? How to combine the innovation of small projects with the impact of large scale inter-institutional projects? What interaction with other organisational and personal information systems? How to benefit innovation in technologies with the need for stability of institutional systems?

  • Topics: Organisational policies, change management, interoperability, scalability, staff competencies, technical team and support services.

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