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ePIC 2011, 11-13 July, London

The 9th International ePortfolio and Identity conference



Submission Deadline: 31 March 2011


The worldwide emergence of ePortfolios is an indicator of the need to review our approach to education and lifelong learning, at the same time demonstrating that it is possible to make learning and assessment more authentic, integrated and recognised. ePortfolios are at the source of a new generation of tools dedicated to valuing and celebrating the achievements of the individual, from nursery school to lifelong and life wide learning. A technology reinforcing the link between individual, organisational and community learning.
This intuition of the transformative power of the ePortfolio was expressed in the vision of the first international ePortfolio conference (2003, Poitiers, France) which called for the provision of every citizen with an ePortfolio by 2010. Despite a sharp increase in the number of initiatives worldwide, the adoption of ePortfolios remains several orders of magnitude below that which social networks have experienced, although both technologies emerged within the same time frame. Why is this? Is it a sign of institutional resistance (most ePortfolios are institutional, while social networks are non-institutional) or a missed opportunity? To step out of this dilemma one might want to consider ePortfolios, like social networks, as different means to the same ends: the development and projection of our identity, both social and professional.
Placing ePortfolios in the global perspective of identity development leads naturally to posing new questions alongside those working in the field of identity and access management, privacy enhanced technologies and trust architectures: being empowered in the construction and development of our identity requires us to be in full control of our personal data and to be able to share it with the people and services we trust. It is one of the main challenges that ePortfolio providers, as well as the next generation of social networks (and services, more generally) have to face. For ePortfolios to deliver their full potential, it requires a trust architecture, which is as of yet at an emerging stage...
Over the last ten years, considerable effort has been invested in the development of ePortfolio technologies and practice. To further developments in this field, the main goal of the 9th international ePortfolio and Identity Conference is to offer a forum where researchers and practitioners can discuss theoretical aspects, open issues, and innovative approaches and share the latest advances in the state of the art and practices in:

    • the development of lifelong learner identity;
    • the (institutional) recognition of informal / life-wide learning;
    • accreditation of prior experience and learning (APEL), curriculum design and assessment;
    • integrative learning and holistic development (including graduate attributes);
    • continuing professional development, lifelong learning and sustainable employability;
    • the development of distributed ‘communities of practice’,  community and organisational development.
      Major themes for the conference will be
  • evidence-informed practice as to how far such activities as those defined above are currently being supported effectively by ePortfolio tools and technologies, whether provided within or beyond institutions.
  • meeting the challenge of providing individuals with the means to fully control their personal data (identity centric Internet, unified personal data store, personal locker, personal proxy, personal agent), and how this might create the conditions for innovation in education (and in ePortfolio technologies and practice).

We are looking forward to presentations addressing a number of challenging issues:

  • Should everybody have an ePortfolio?
  • How do ePortfolios contribute to the identity construction process?
  • How do ePortfolios support the acquisition of 21st century skills?
  • How do ePortfolios support lifelong learning, orientation and employability?
  • How do ePortfolios support learner and reduce drop-out rates?
  • Why is Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) still underdeveloped? What are the barriers to the recognition of informal learning?
  • Is the informal recognition of informal learning within communities of practices an alternative to formal recognition (APEL)?
  • Why is formal learning still non-integrative and non-holistic? Are 'Integrative learning' programmes a solution to current fragmentation of learning or simply the symptom of the failure of our formal education system to overcome its fragmentation?
  • Why is it Facebook and not an ePortfolio platform which is the most visited site after Google and Microsoft? Could it have been otherwise? Did the ePortfolio community miss an opportunity?
  • Why is the ePortfolio landscape so patchy?
  • Do current ePortfolio technologies reduce or contribute to the fragmentation of the identity process?
  • Why are ePortfolio mostly still non-interoperable?
  • Why is it that ePortfolio platform providers are not active participants in the identity, access management and trust technology and standardisation communities?

Conference topics (include, but are not limited to)

  • ePortfolio, social networks, web 2.0 and identity construction
  • Identity construction, self-identity, self-representation, identity through others, collective identity, identification to/by others, personalisation, profiling, privacy vs intimacy, trust management, identity vs identification
  • ePortfolio in healthcare education and practice
  • Initial education of professionals, professional accreditation, continuing professional development (CPD) professional-patient relationships, quality of service, learning communities of patients, self-help groups, patients as learners, personal health records as 'healthcare ePortfolios', communities of practice, early warning systems and outbreak detection, quality of service.
  • ePortfolio in initial education and lifelong learning
  • Multiple literacies, multiple intelligences, digital literacy, creativity, reflective learning, self-directed learning, personal development planning (PDP), lifelong learning, learner retention, learning communities, informal learning, authentic learning, learning management, storytelling, learning journal, personal competencies,  key competencies, 21st century skills, professional identity, self-concept, multiple identities, cultural identity, individualised pathways in and out of institutional, workplace and community learning environments.
  • ePortfolio in assessment and accreditation
  • Authentic assessment, assessment as learning, assessment quality control, audit, audit trail, transparency of qualifications, recognition of learning, accreditation of prior experience and learning, qualification frameworks.
  • ePortfolio in employability and organisational learning
  • Reflective practice, professional identity, communities of practice, collaborative learning, organisational learning, knowledge management, competency management,, competency development SME ePortfolios, employability skills, recruitment, career portfolio, social reputation, mobility, migrant portfolios, retirement portfolios.
  • ePortfolio and identity policies and implementation
  • Pilot projects, large scale projects, scalability, organisational policies, territorial policies, innovation, change management, maintenance, learning cities, learning regions, costs and return on investments.
  • ePortfolio and identity, technologies and system architectures
  • Next generation ePortfolios, ePortfolio authoring, ePortfolio management, Identity Centric Internet, Web 2.0, social computing, virtual worlds, avatars, personal learning spaces, relationship management systems, personal data stores, personal proxies, authentication, interoperability, federation of identities and services, trust, privacy, access control, ontologies, system architecture, digital rights management, standards, LEAP2A, IMS-LIP etc..


Authors are invited to submit original unpublished research as full papers or work-in-progress, position papers as short papers. All submissions will be peer-reviewed by three members of the programme committee for originality, significance, clarity and quality. Accepted papers will be published online, ref. ISBN 2-9524576-9-7.
Submissions can have the following format:

    • Long paper, scientific paper: 8-10 pages
    • Short paper, work in progress, position paper: 4-5 pages
    • Workshop: a practical session involving participants' hands-on activities
    • Poster: presented in the exhibition/lunch/coffee area

Submission process:

    • Submission: all submissions start with the submission of a structured long abstract, i.e. between 500 to 700 words. Possible structure: Title; What is the problem? How was it be addressed? What was learnt? Recommendations for the future?
    • Presentation review: all abstracts are reviewed to assess the quality and interest of a presentation during the conference.
    • Publication review: short and long papers are reviewed for publication in the conference proceedings. This process is run in parallel to the preparation of the conference between the authors and the reviewers.

NB: Authors should use the instructions at
Important dates

    • 31 March 2011     – Deadline for the submission of abstracts.
    • 20 April 2011     – Notification of acceptance of presentation to authors
    • 1 May 2011     – Author registration deadline – to be included in the programme
    • 30 June 2011     – Deadline for the submission of the final version of long and short papers
    • 11-13 July 2011    – Conference
    • 30 July 2011    – Publication of the conference proceedings


The conference takes place at the Institute of Engineers and Technologists, Savoy Place, London.




3 days

2 days

1 day

Social Dinner
(12 July)
















Online registration is at:


Serge Ravet, IoS (EIfEL), France
Rob Ward, CRA, UK

Conference Committee

  • Allison Miller, TAFESA, AUS
  • Angela Smallwood, Nottingham University, UK
  • Anne Marie Howes, Leeds University, UK
  • Anne Wade, Concordia University, CAN
  • Chi-Cheng Chang, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
  • Christopher Murray, Leeds University, UK
  • Cyri Jones, Zenportfolios, CAN
  • Darren Cambridge, George Mason University, USA
  • David Chadwick, Kent University, UK
  • Don Presant, Learning Agents, CAN
  • Elizabeth Hartnell Young, Victoria Government, AUS
  • Guy Fortier, Compétences Montréal, CA
  • Harry Owen, Flinders University, AUS
  • Helen Barret, Consultant, USA
  • Ingo Dahn, University of Koblenz-Landau, DE
  • Janette  Ellis, , AUS
  • Julia O'Sullivan, Royal College of Surgeons, UK
  • Marc van Coillie, IoS, FR
  • Mikaël Ates, Entr'ouvert, FR
  • Niki Lambropoulos, South Bank University, UK
  • Phil Long, Queensland University, AUS
  • Pier Guisepe Rossi, Macerata University, IT
  • Ray Tolley, Maximise ICT, UK
  • Rob Ward, CRA, UK
  • Sampo Kellomaki, ZXIPD, PT
  • Serge Ravet, IoS, FR
  • Simon Cotterill, Newcastle University, UK
  • Simon Grant, CETIS, UK
  • Stephanie Laurence, Royal College of Surgeons, IE
  • Thomas Kirkham, Nottingham University, UK
  • Trent Batson, AAEEBL, USA


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