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Key Competencies – Skills for Life, London 19-20 June 2008; ePortfolio & Digital Identity 2008, 22-24 October 2008; ePortfolio and Healthcare working group – Advance notice Meet EIfEL! 18 June, London, 30 June, Paris ILearning Forum 2009, 19-20 January – advance notice


Newsflash May

In Brief

En Bref 

Key Competencies – Skills for Life, London 19-20 June 2008

  • Early Bird rate available until 31 May!
  • Contribute to the knowledge base
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ePortfolio & Digital Identity 2008, 22-24 October 2008

ePortfolio and Healthcare working group – first announcement / Groupe de travail sur le ePortfolio pour la santé - Première annonce

Meet EIfEL! 18 June, London, 30 June, Paris /
 Rencontrez EIfEL le 18 juin à Londres et le 30 juin à Paris !

ICL2008 Special Track - Call for Papers

ILearning Forum 2009, 19-20 January – first announcement / iLearning Forum 2009, 19-20 Janvier - Première annonce


Key Competencies – Skills for Life



We invite you to attend the 2nd international conference on Key Competencies-Skills for Life, London 19-10 June 2008, organised in partnership with NIACE.

The challenge of ensuring that citizens and employees are equipped with the skills and competencies needed to live and work in the 21st century has never been more urgent. Demographic trends, global competition and technological advances make it imperative to raise the level of skills and ensure that these are maintained in line with rapid evolutions in today’s knowledge society.

The first International Conference was held at City University, London in July 2007. Research institutes, universities, consulting companies, technology solutions suppliers, adult education institutes, international and national government departments, schools, colleges, industry, accrediting bodies and trade unions, were represented by delegates from 21 countries. Participants reported a high level of satisfaction with the event, and a desire to continue international co-operation in this vital area.

Key conference themes for 2008:

  • Intercultural skills and dialogue (2008 is the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue)
  • Employability skills
  • Promoting key competencies for social inclusion
  • Assessment and recognition of key competencies – when and how?
  • Developing key competencies with ePortfolios
  • Professional development for key competencies facilitators
  • Media literacy
  • Embedding ICT in literacy and numeracy teaching

The event features top-level plenary presentations, an open forum a series of workshops and parallel presentations.

Presenters already confirmed for KC 2008 include the European Commission; NIACE, England and Wales; the Learning and Skills Network, England; International House/University of Westminster, England; Avallain, Switzerland;  Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, Finland; Maximise ICT, England; Manchester Information Networks, England, University of Granada, Spain; EIfEL, France and ANSAS, Italy.

In preparation for the event, an online community will be available week commencing 2 June. Join the organisers and workshop leaders to explore key conference issues at

Please contribute to the knowledge base – send information about your organisation’s work on key competencies to Maureen Layte or visite the conference website.

ePortfolio & Digital Identity



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 identities, are transforming individual and organisational learning and development.

To challenge our ideas, we will have the pleasure of welcoming Stephen Downes as keynote speaker. Stephen is perhaps best known for his daily research newsletter, OLDaily (short for Online Learning Daily), which reaches thousands of readers across Canada and around the world. His work also includes the development of educational content syndication systems such as Edu_RSS and DLORN and the design of a digital rights management system for learning resources. Stephen is also frequently to be found the road giving seminars and lectures on the field of online learning -- he spoke at the ePortfolio Montréal conference in May 2008.

Helen Barrett will be also providing a master class on ePortfolios and the use of Web 2.0 tools. Recently retired from the faculty of the College of Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Helen is now living in the Seattle area and works as international consultant. She has been researching strategies and technologies for electronic portfolios since 1991, publishing a website, an Apple Learning Interchange exhibit, chapters in several books on Electronic Portfolios, and numerous articles.

You can find more details on the conference website about the different tracks, the exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, as well as on the registration fees and discounts, incluing an earlybird rate  We look forward to receiving your submissions and welcoming you in Maastricht  22-24 October 2008.

ePortfolio & Digital Identity Healthcare group meeting - Paris 7-8 July 2008

Réunion du groupe de travail ePortfolio & identité numérique pour la santé - Paris 7-8 juillet 2008


The ePortfolio & Digital Identity Healthcare group will meet for 2 days in Paris 7-8 July 2008. This meeting is organised in partnership with Université Paris Descartes, under the presidency of Patrick Berche, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.

The first day of the meeting will be in French, the second in English. More information will be available soon on EIfEL's website.

If you are interested please contact Sophie Pène or Maureen Layte.

Le groupe ePortfolio & Identité numérique pour la santé se réunira pour 2 jours les 7 et 8 juillet prochain à Paris. Ce meeting est organisé en partenariat avec l'Université Paris Descartes, sous la présidence de Patrick Berche doyen de la faculté de médecine.

Le premier jour du meeting sera en français et le second en anglais. Plus d'informations seront disponibles très prochainement sur le site d'EIfEL.

Si vous êtes intéressés pour y participer veuillez contacter Sophie Pène ou Maureen Layte.


Meet EIfEL in London & Paris

Rencontrez EIfEL à Londres et à Paris


Members and all those interested in joining the Institute are warmly invited to learn about our current and future activities and how individuals and organisations can benefit - over a glass of wine. The first meeting will be in London at City University on 18 June and Paris on 30 June (times and venue to be confirmed).

If you are able to join us, please email Angela Harrison.

Les membres d'EIfEL et tout ceux intéressés pour rejoindre l'institut sont cordialement invités pour en apprendre plus sur nos activités actuelles et futures ainsi que les bénéfices pour les membres individuels et organisationnels - le tout autour d'un verre de vin. Le premier meeting prendra place à la Cité Universitaire de Londres le 18 Juin et le second à Paris le 30 June (dates et lieux à confirmer).

Si vous désirez nous rejoindre, merci de confirmer par email  auprès d'Angela Harrison.


ICL2008 Special Track - Call for Papers


The 11th International Conference "Interactive Computer aided Learning"  ICL2008  from September 24 -26, 2008 in Villach, Austria, has a Special Session on "E-Portfolios" with a special focus on engineering  education and engineering continuing professional development.

This Special Session is organised in cooperation with EIfEL in preparation for the  Maastricht ePortfolio international conference ePortfolio & Digital Identity 2008, Maastricht 22-24 October 2008

Topics of interests 

  • ePortfolio policies and strategies in engineering education
  • ePortfolios for lifelong learning and employability support
  • individual and organisational ePortfolios
  • the role of ePortfolios in relation to qualification frameworks
  • ePortfolio implementations and experiences
  • ePortfolio systems and tools

Important dates 

  • 30 June 2008:     Submission of abstracts
  • 15 July 2008:    Notification of acceptance
  • 10 Sept. 2008:    Camera-ready due 
  • 24-26 Sept. 2008: Conference ICL2008

Submission of papers 

Extended abstracts should be submitted using the Electronic Submission Page. The extended abstract should comprise up to two pages, informing the programme committee about the aim of the approach (study, tool) reported, experiences gained and the form and result of evaluations conducted.
More information and contact.

ILearning Forum 2009, 19-20 January, Paris – first announcement

iLearning Forum 2009, 19-20 Janvier, Paris – première annonce

  The next iLearning Forum international conference and exhibition  will take place at the Palais des Congrès, Paris on 19-20 January 2009. The Call for Contributions will be available at the beginning of June.

La prochaine édition de la conférence et de l'exposition internationale iLearning Forum prendra place au Palais des Congrès de Paris les 19 et 20 janvier 2009. L'appel à contribution sera publié dès le début juin.

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