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Events Newsflash April 2009

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The London Learning Forum: ePortfolio 2009, Key Competencies, Skills for life, Learning Networks and Communities.


 Events Newsflash April 2009

ePortfolio 2009 — Learning Forum London

Late submission track open

SPOTLIGHT on speakers, sponsors & programme






ePortfolio 2009 — Learning Forum London

A word from Lee Davies, Deputy Director of the Institute for Learning (IfL), Platinum Sponsor

Successful call for contributions for Learning Forum London 2009: first draft programme available.

MKM joins the conference as Gold Sponsor

ePortfolio 2009 Plugfest

Interview with the Centre for International ePortfolio Development

Partner event —European Identity Conference 2009, 5-8 May 2009, Munich

Call for Papers — MPACT, Journal of Applied Research in Workplace e-Learning, Inaugural issue


A word from Lee Davies, Deputy Director of the Institute for Learning (IfL)

 Did you know?

  • Over 26,000 IfL members are using REfLECT to support their CPD
  •  REfLECT is one of the most widely used personal learning spaces in Europe
  •  REfLECT is rapidly becoming the focus of international academic attention
  • REfLECT has been featured in a number of national and international research conferences
  • REfLECT is accessible on mobile devices

In October 2008, I addressed the ePortfolio and Digital Identity 2008 conference in Maastricht. It was a fantastic opportunity to share IfL’s emerging work on professional learning in the digital age with colleagues from across Europe and even further afield.

With more than 27,000 members using REfLECT’s technology to support their individual professional development and sharing their learning experiences through communities of practice, it is exciting to consider how IfL is leading the way among professional bodies with similar missions to advance practice through CPD.

This partnership with the European Institute for E-Learning is a landmark for IfL members. We look forward to working with Serge Ravet, (chief executive of EIfEL), and his colleagues in developing a dynamic partnership between our two organisations to benefit our members.


A successful call for contributions: first draft programme available

This year's conference has received over 100 submissions from nearly 30 countries from all continents.

A first draft programme is available, while 50 more submissions are currently being reviewed:

Keynote speakers


Late submissions

It is still possible to submit late contributions after 15 April. They will be placed in the 'late submission track' and their selection will depend on the need for / availability of extra parallel sessions.

To submit a contribution:


MKM joins the conference as Gold Sponsor







MyKnowledgeMap, (or ‘MKM’), is a well-established, dynamic learning technology company which produces a range of e-learning materials, tools and systems. Since its inception in 2000, it has established itself as one of the UK's most rapidly expanding learning technology providers.

Among other projects, MyKnowledgeMap is teaming up with the Retail Academy and EIfEL to provide the e-portfolio system for a European initiative seeking to promote the recognition, validation and accreditation of informal learning in the workplace. The European Initiative for the Promotion of Informal Learning (EIPIL-PAN) seeks to help employers recognise the value of informal learning in the workplace and develop a framework within which it can be accredited. MyKnowledgeMap and the Retail Academy are partnering with EIfEL to provide the e-portfolio to support the implementation of a single framework which accredits informal learning in the retail and IT sectors.

To learn about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities:


 ePortfolio 2009 Plugfest


Cetis and EIfEL have the pleasure to invite you to participate in the ePortfolio plugfest that will take place 22 June 2009 during the 7th ePortfolio conference.


The objective of the Plugfest is to support the efforts of publishers and users of information systems in the creation and implementation of interoperable technologies. During this day you will have the opportunity to explore real life scenarios where the different components of learning and employment information systems talk together.


The prime participants of the Plugest are representatives of organisations that are looking for solutions to interoperability as well as those providing interoperability services:

  • Solution providers and publishers – proprietary and open source, publishers and advanced users – who have developed a particular solution to a problem within an institution or a community.

  • Standardisation bodies – that are providing the building blocks for technical and semantic interoperability.

  • System engineers and architects - people in charge of information systems and ICT within organisations looking for solutions to interoperability issues in the implementation of ePortfolios and ePortfolio related technologies.

  • Managers – from educational institutions, HR departments, employment agencies, etc. who want to understand what are the issues and the potential solutions to actual problems.


Interview with the Centre for International ePortfolio Development


EIfEL: can you describe the activities of the Centre for International ePortfolio Development (CIePD)?

Angela Smallwood: The Centre for International ePortfolio Development is an autonomous Centre within the University's School of Education at University of Nottingham. We manage a set of externally-funded projects led by the University of Nottingham in the area of ePortfolio.

We are currently involved in a series of international, national and regional projects:

  • International: the Australian ePortfolio Project (AeP2), a partner in the Inter/National Coalition for ePortfolio Research and providing the UK demonstrator for the EU FP7 project TAS3 on secure data sharing.
  • National: an employer-engagement project, SAMSON, funded by JISC 2009-2011; we're also collaborating on standards-related work with colleagues around the UK - XCRI and UK Leap2.
  • Regional: we are supporting over 700 workbased learners to use eportfolios on vocational pathways into higher education through the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Lifelong Learning Network, LEAP AHEAD.

EIfEL: Have you noticed changes in the nature of ePortfolio projects over the last year?

A.S.: In the UK over the last year, the economic downturn has brought increased demands on the universities to play their part in supporting businesses in their regions. Growing awareness of impending demographic change is also directing attention to the workplace, where 75% of the UK's 2020 workforce is already in employment and many people are in need of upskilling. So attention is turning increasingly to analysis of skills gaps, Information Advice and Guidance (IAG), recognition of prior learning (RPL) and CPD

EIfEL:Are there factors *specific* to successful ePortfolio deployment  ?

A.S: While we see that ePortfolio-related learning is increasingly important, we seem to be learning that the ePortfolio concept itself is most practicable when disaggregated, both in terms of technology and in terms of learning processes. For wider take-up of ePortfolio practice beyond the enthusiasts, we need two key things: to start not with a whole ePortfolio of learning opportunities but with the relatively limited contexts and purposes which learners and teachers are ready to prioritise; then, secondly, not simply to enable the use of any preferred ICT tools in any combinations, but to work out how best to support learners and teachers to operationalise those personal preferences.  


European Identity Conference 2009, 5-8 May 2009, Munich



 We have asked Martin Kuppinger, Founder and Senior Partner at Kuppinger Cole and Partner to provide his views on identity management, the central theme of the European Identity Conference, 5-8 May 2009, Munich.

Martin has a long-year history in Identity Management, starting in the early days of Novell NetWare, LAN Manager at other network systems. He has written roundabout 50 IT books and uncounted articles in IT magazines.

EIfEL: Why is identity management important?

Martin Kupinger: The core question of IT Security and GRC (Governance, Risk Management, Compliance) is about "who is allowed to do what?". When talking about access control, you're always talking about the "who", the identity of users. As well, when talking about business processes, it is always about the "who": With whom do you want to do which business? In other words: Managing identities is key to success and security in IT.

EIfEL: What are the main issues in the field of identity management today?

MK: From our perspective, there are several maturity levels which we have defined in our roadmap for IAM and GRC. Many companies are still in the phase of starting to successfully manage their identities, whilst others are moving to open up for customers or adding a business control layer. The most prominent topics are Identity Provisioning (e.g. Identity Lifecycle Management), Single Sign-On and Strong Authentication, and GRC.

EIfEL: Is there any significant breakthrough in technology? In take-up?

MK: GRC has become a very interesting topic, adding a business-control layer to the before more administrative driven Identity Management. User-centric technologies, also in integration with ePA (ePassport) projects will become increasingly relevant. Managing and using identities beyond the organization is in that scope. And in the future, we will see more of Identity Rights Management, e.g. protection and access control direct at the information instead of the system level.

EIfEL: What should people expect form EIC?

MK: The European Identity Conference has established itself as the lead conference in Europe around Digital IDs, Identity Management, and GRC. Thought leaders, industry experts, and customers meet and discuss as well thought leadership as best practice topics. More than 100 speakers, roundabout 25 best practice presentations, many panels and outstanding keynotes, make the EIC the "must-attend event" in that field.

More information on the conference:


Call for Papers — MPACT: Journal of Applied Research in Workplace e-Learning, Inaugural issue


Impact: Journal of Applied Research in Workplace E-learning has been established to address the paucity of research publication avenues with a particular emphasis on e-learning in organisational and workplace settings. It will be a fully online journal, publishing refereed and non-refereed contributions from both researchers and practitioners relating to the design, implementation, evaluation and management of workplace e-learning across a range of sectors and industries. it is publication of the E-learning Network of Australasia, (ElNet).

Submissions are invited for the special, inaugural issue of the journal, the theme of which is, "Current issues and future directions in workplace e-learning: Mapping the research landscape". This issue will include peer-reviewed articles that address one or more of the following areas:

The Editorial Policies section of Impact's Web site ( contains general information on the journal's focus and scope, including topics of interest and types of articles accepted. For specific style guidelines and advice to authors, please see the Submissions section of the site.

Key dates:

  • Manuscript submission deadline: 1 June 2009
  • Notification of acceptance: 1 July 2009
  • Submission of final articles for publication: 1 August 2009
  • Publication of inaugural issue (online): 1 September 2009

PDF version available at


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