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World of Learning 2009, SE@M 2009, MISC 2010, ePortfolio-Learning Forum London 2010. - Will the personal health record revolution lead way to the 'ePortfolio for all' goal?

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 Events Newsflash September 2009

Will the personal health record revolution lead way to the 'ePortfolio for all' goal?

 

World of learning

 

 

SE@M 2009 call for contributions open

Budapest, 4-5 November 2009

MISC 2010 call for contributions open

London, 20-22 January 2010

Learning Forum London —ePortfolio 2010 call for contributions open

London, 5-7 July 2010

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The World of Learning Conference & Exhibition, September 30 & October 1, Birmingham, UK.

 

Will the personal health record revolution lead way to the 'ePortfolio for all' goal?

 

ePortfolio Challenges

  1. Universal ePortfolio Repository —a unified view of all my assets
  2. Universal Competency Identifiers —share competency definitions across systems
  3. ePortfolio social —share assets, knowledge and processes across communities
  4. ePortfolio semantic editor —make sense of what I write, connect, etc.
  5. ePortfolio readers — adapt ePortfolio views to readers
  6. Open & Trusted Service Architecture —choose the services to exploit/value my assets
  7. ePortfolio based performance support system —make the ePortfolio part of my work
  8. ePortfolio discovery mechanism —find people, competencies, resource
  9. URIs as tags —make tags meaningful
  10. Universal Metadata —create a world brain

Details of the challenges

An article published in the Times last July announced:

"Health records could be transferred to Google or Microsoft under a Tory government, The Times has learnt."

Although, at first sight, the issue of health records might not seem relevant to the field of education, it is! The healthcare sector is facing the same kind of problems and addressing the same kind of issues as those resulting from the massive introduction of learning technologies in initial and continuing education. The parallel is even more obvious when paying attention to one particular technology: the ePortfolio. After all, should not we regard personal health records (PHR) as some kind of health learning records providing opportunities to reflect one's health and improve it? Isn't healthcare a learning process that needs reflective people — so that more people with health records might lead to fewer patients with medical records?

Some of the questions raised with the introduction of ePortfolio in education and employment (respectively PHR in healthcare) are:

  • Who should host ePortfolios (resp. PHR)? The institution, the person, a third party? Should we create a central repository or should data be aggregated around personal data repositories?
  • What happens when someone leaves/joins an organisation (resp. changes hospital)? Should we export/import (part of) the ePortfolio? What happens to data not relevant to the next institution?
  • What happens when someone learns/works with multiple organisations (resp. is treated by multiple actors)? Should the person use multiple ePortfolio platforms (one per organisation) or should the organisation be able to deal with multiple ePortfolio platforms (one per learner)?
  • How to make ePortfolios (resp. PHR) visible to the services of our choice and that we trust? Should they be published on a special website, e.g. an employment agency, or should they be searchable by harvesting mechanisms collecting metadata from all ePortfolios made visible/searchable?

As remarked by Tom Brooks in an article published in Computer Weekly, "Patients wish to control who accesses their data [...] Patients do not want their healthcare data to be included in any centralised consolidated depository, where it may pass outside of their control." And in the eyes of the authors of The New Media Medicine Manifesto, the issue is beyond access control, it is about building "new models that let patients reason with medical data, as doctors and researchers have been able to reason with data using their traditional models. [...] Information transparency, not just information access, is the solution."

To the question who controls access/visibility to/of our personal data? our response is: us! It is time to stop being treated as 'wards of the court', some kind of minors incapable of making our own decisions regarding our personal data. Personal data: it's ours! And it is time that we strictly enforce a complete separation between storage of personal data and its exploitation by third parties. It is a matter of privacy/intimacy (1) as well as efficiency —why should hundreds of services keep a record of a name and address, while a simple pointer (URL/URI) to a personal data store would be more effective to deal with a change of address?

The problematisation of the issue of privacy/intimacy and the vision of possible solutions to the control of the exploitation of personal data were recently published in the Internet of Subjects Manifesto  and in What is the Problem?. It is an attempt to define an Internet where people exist and are recognised as active and conscious subjects and not as mere transactions objects. What is at stake is our capacity to be in control of the development of our identity, our ability to invent our future(s). We will need all the help we can get from technologies that will respond to the ePortfolio challenges.

It is time to reflect on how the lessons learned from healthcare practitioners could be integrated into our strategy to create an open and trustworthy lifelong learning infrastructure (2).

To further and share your reflections, you are kindly invited to join us this month at the World of Learning, Birmingham (UK) and to participate (as author or delegate) in one of the three events sponsored by EIfEL:

  • SE@M 2009 (Budapest 4-5 November 2009), the 3rd international workshop to explore the latest technologies available to make learning resources visible, accessible, exchangeable and interoperable.
  • MISC 2010(London 20-22 January 2010), the 1st international conference bringing together professionals from education, healthcare, business and public services to explore the potential of a common approach to the management of personal data.
  • Learning Forum London 2010 ePortfolio 2010 & Key Competencies 2010 (London 5-7 July 2010), the 8th international  conference to address (among other themes) the issues of personal and professional identity construction, reflective learning and professional practice, recognition and accreditation of competencies.

The calls for contributions are opened. We look forward to seeing you at those events!

 

(1) to the concept of 'privacy' we prefer the use of 'intimacy'. While intimacy carries the ideas of trust, inclusion and relationship, privacy tends to put the emphasis on security, exclusion and isolation. Intimacy is a more powerful metaphor to envision a technology capable of representing the complexity of the different levels and degrees of accessibility and visibility of personal data. We should move from privacy enhanced technologies (PETs) to Intimacy enhanced technologies (IETs).

(2) ePortfolios and Personal Health Records are the two R&D fields of the TAS3 initiative (Trusted Architecture for Securely Shared Services) which is sponsoring the MISC 2010 conference.

 

SE@M 2009 - Search and Exchange of e-le@rning Materials Budapest

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the ASPECT partnership
Registered organisations include:
Atlas de la Diversidad
Becta
Cornelsen
EEPG
eLSACC
Fraus
Intrallect
ISG Arcus
JES & Co.
LRDG
LTS
Leya
Massey University
Microsoft
Multimedia Design
NAS GO
OpenVES
SCRAN
Share.TEC
Turtle Rattle Learning
Univ. Plovdiv
UCD
UNED
Vivid Interactive
XTEC

 

 

You are a publisher of learning resources; you are responsible for the implementation and maintenance of learning infrastructures: this workshop will bring you to the state of the art of learning resources interoperability —Learning Resources Exchange, Common Cartridge, Metadata harvesting, conformance testing, are some of the key themes that will be discussed during this event.

SE@M 2009, the 3rd international workshop on Search and Exchange of e-le@rning Materials Budapest, Hotel Benczúr, 4-5 November 2009, aims at bringing together researchers and professionals working with learning resources —publishers of learning resources and technologies, managers of learning infrastructures and learning resource repositories, learning professionals and practitioners.

One day of the workshop will be especially aimed at publishers and professionals with the objective to understand how existing and emerging standards can best be applied and combined to improve content interoperability and how to test the compliance of contents against a range of standards.

Call for contributions

The call for contributions is now opened. The themes are:

Interoperable content

Interoperable content format: Limitations of current standards, new developments, Conformance testing, quality control and validation Tools, New developments, Profiling, validation and conformance testing, Controlled vocabularies and their management, Automatic metadata generation, Automatic metadata translation, Learning object identity

Infrastructures for Learning Resource Discovery and Exchange

Architectures for content discovery and exchange, Interoperable content and metadata repositories, Protocols for exposing content, Federations of learning resources, Service registries

Rich Description of Resources

Metadata Standards and application profiles, Automatic metadata generation versus human indexing, Intellectual property and metadata, Controlled vocabularies and their management, Mapping and crosswalks between metadata standards, Metadata profiling and conformance testing

Discovering Content

User profiling for more accurate resource discovery, Retrieval of learning resources (searching, browsing), Content aggregation, Interoperable query languages, Harvesting versus federated searching, Enhanced search mechanism (sorting, ranking), Inclusion of other type of content (library, cultural heritage), Recommendation systems, Quality aspects

Exchanging Content

Resource identification, Open content and reusable resource licensing, Reliable auditing (tracking, reporting), Access control, licensing and content protection, WEB-2.0 approaches (e.g., folksonomies, content syndication), Semantic web approaches

For a more detailed presentation of the call:

www.learningstandards.eu/seam2009/call

Calendar

  • Extended abstract submission: 15 October, 2009
  • Notification of acceptance to presenters: 20 October, 2009
  • Workshop date: 4-5 November 2009
  • Camera ready revised abstracts: 15 November 2009

Submission

Authors are invited to submit extended abstracts (2 to 4 pages) of original unpublished research or work-in-progress. All submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed by three members of the program committee for originality, significance, clarity and quality.

Accepted submissions will be published online as part of the CEUR Workshop proceedings series. CEUR-WS.org is a recognized ISSN publication series, ISSN 1613-0073.

All extended abstracts should be submitted submitted by email, as pdf files, to seam@eun.org.

 

The workshop is sponsored by the ASPECT partnership

 

 MISC 2010 —Personal data it's ours!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trusted Architecture for Securely Shared Services Project

 

 

 

 

FP7 
 

 

 


Kantara Initiative 

 

 

 

 

Making learning, knowledge, working, employment, business and healthcare mobile, personal and social. MISC Conference will take place from 20th to 22nd January 2010 at Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), London.

www.miscforum.eu

 

The MISC conference is about exploring the current changes in technologies and practices towards individualisation and socialisation through connectivity and mobile technology at the service of identity construction. Our goal is to bring together researchers and practitioners working in a variety of fields (education, employment, healthcare, policy, technologies etc.) to facilitate exchanges and foster future collaborations. It aims at offering a forum where these researchers and practitioners can discuss theoretical as well as practical aspects, open issues, and innovative approaches as well as share the latest advances in the state of the art of personal and social data management, privacy/intimacy and identity construction.

Call for contributions

The call for contributions is now opened. The themes are:

Education & lifelong learning

Learning records, ePortfolios, personal learning environments: the objective of this track is to explore how individual learners are empowered as the authors and the architects of their own personal and community learning environments to manage their digital identity?

Work & employability

Employment records, competency records, personal knowledge management systems: the objective of this track is to explore the link between individual systems used to manage one's employability (e.g. through continuing professional development, recognition of prior learning) and organisational learning systems designed for competency and knowledge management.

Healthcare & wellness

Personal health records (PHR) medical records, personal health management systems: the objective of this track is to explore the link between individual systems of healthcare systems and professional practice.

Business & trade

Business records, credit records, transaction records, vendor relationship management systems: the objective of this track is to explore the benefits for individuals and businesses of a better control of personal data by clients and prospects of business services.

Policies & citizenship

Digital identities governance: The objective of this track is to explore how personal data and digital identities contribute to the construction of individual and collective identities.

Technologies & infrastructures

The Internet of Subjects: the objective of this track is to explore how to make the Internet a more person-centric environment ―the interaction between the growing individualisation of technologies with the development of social computing and social networks

A more detailed presentation of the call is accessible at:

www.miscforum.eu/conference/call/

Calendar

 

26 October 2009 – deadline for the submission of abstracts

9 November 2009 – notification of acceptance to authors

23 November 2009 – author registration deadline—to be included in the programme 

20 December 2009 – deadline for receipt of revised abstracts and completed contributions (case-studies, work in progress, short and long papers)

Submission

Authors are invited to submit extended abstracts (500 to 750 words) of case studies, work-in-progress and original unpublished research (short and long papers). All submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed by three members of the program committee for originality, significance, clarity and quality. 

Accepted submissions will be published online as part of the EIfEL conference proceedings with an attributed ISBN number.

All extended abstracts should be submitted via the conference management tool:

www.conftool.net/misc2010/

The conference is sponsored by the TAS3 partnership

 

Learning Forum London 2010 —ePortfolio for all!

 ePortfolio - London Learning Forum 2010

 

Europortfolio

 In 2003, in Poitiers during the first international ePortfolio conference, EIfEL set the goal that by 2010 every citizen should have access to an ePortfolio. How effective have we been and far are we from that goal? Should it be postponed to a further deadline or should we set a new one, e.g. on digital identity? To find the answers to these questions and more, join us at Learning Forum London, 5-7 July 2010, at the Savoy Place. The event will feature ePortfolio 2010, the 8th international ePortfolio conference, with a special track on healthcare as well as Key Competencies 2010, the 4th international conference on skills for life.

20 abstracts and the 5 best papers submitted in track EP1 (ePortfolio in healthcare education and practice) will be published in the International Journal of Clinical Skills

Call for contributions

ePortfolio 2010 themes:

  • EP1— ePortfolio in healthcare education and practice
  • EP2 — ePortfolio in initial education and personal identity construction
  • EP3 — ePortfolio in employability and organisational learning
  • EP4 — ePortfolio, policies and implementation
  • EP5 — ePortfolio, technologies and system architectures

Key Competencies—Skills for Life 2010 themes

  • KC1 — Key competencies policies
  • KC2 — Key competencies for active citizenship
  • KC3 — Key competencies for employability and economic innovation
  • KC4 — Key competencies development
  • KC5 — Key competencies recognition and accreditation

A more detailed presentation of the call is accessible at:

www.epforum.eu/conference/call/

 

Calendar

  • 8 March 2010 – Deadline for the submission of abstracts.
  • 29 March 2010 – Notification of acceptance to authors
  • 30 April 2010 – Author registration deadline – to be included in the programme
  • 15 May 2010 – Deadline for receipt of revised abstracts and completed contributions (case-studies, work in progress, short and long papers)

Submission

Authors are invited to submit extended abstracts (500 to 750 words) of case studies, work-in-progress and original unpublished research (short and long papers). All submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed by three members of the program committee for originality, significance, clarity and quality.

Accepted submissions will be published online as part of the EIfEL conference proceedings with an attributed ISBN number.

All extended abstracts should be submitted via the conference management tool:

www.conftool.net/lfl2010/

 

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