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ePortfolio New Zealand 29-30 March 2007: Empowering Learners for the 21st Century

Following the success of ePortfolio New Zealand 2005 in Auckland, we are pleased to announce that the second conference will be held in Wellington on 29/30 March 2007.

In 2003, EIfEL launched the Objective 2010 challenge: an ePortfolio for all citizens by 2010. The ePortfolio is increasingly being recognised as the medium of choice for the 21st century lifelong learner and knowledge worker - a tool for planning, developing and recognising learning achievements. The past few years have witnessed a growing level of ePortfolio policies and strategies, research and implementation and the expansion of an international ePortfolio community.

The Conference will explore the current state of the art of ePortfolios, examine the worldwide ePortfolio movement and share current national practice and the opportunities for further development in New Zealand.

Key objectives of ePortfolio New Zealand 2007 event will include:

  • revealing the essence of ePortfolios,

  • identifying the role of ePortfolios in developing, recording and assessing 21st century        literacies and skills,

  • mapping ePortfolio development for lifelong learning, and across all sectors,

  • planning future links between practitioners, researchers and industry.

 ePortfolio New Zealand 2007
 Provisional Programme
Thursday, 29 March
The Wellington Convention Centre
Coffee and registration
Plenary Session and discussion
ePortfolios and 21st Century Learning
Serge Ravet, EIfEL, France
Digital Stories and Web 2.0
Helen Barrett, Consultant, USA
Afternoon tea
Parallel Group Sessions
ePortfolios in higher education

ePortfolios as catalysts for lifelong learning in science and technology education
  • Eva Heinrich, Madhumita Bhattacharya, and Ramesh Rayudu, Massey University, New Zealand
 The implementation and evaluation of a digital portfolio within a pre-service teacher education programme
  • Margaret Lamont,  Victoria University, Wellinton, New Zealand
Different planets? The critical need for a shuttle service between paper-based and electronic  portfolio worlds
  • Dave Hornblow, Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
ePortfolios in schools

School leadership: a focus on interactions
  • Liz Millar, Massey University,  New Zealand

Teacher education: ePortfolios for continuing professional development and competency management

  • Janette Ellis, GeneratEd, Australia
Plenary Session
Reporting and Discussion
 Parallel Session Moderators and all participants
Friday 30 March
The Wellington Convention Centre
Address by New Zealand Ministry of Education
9:15 Plenary Session
 ePortfolios and Web Presence
Mark Nichols, Massey University, New Zealand
Case-study presentation and discussion
Digital Portfolios as a Window into the Learners’Mind: Multiple Intelligences, Multiple Learning Styles & Multiple Assessments
Evangeline Stefanakis, Teacher College Columbia University, USA
Coffee Break
Parallel Sessions
ePortfolio technology and tools

The role of KAREN - the Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network - in enabling ePortfolios
  • Donald Clark, REANNZ (Research & Education Advanced Network NZ Ltd), New Zealand
A state of the art review
  • Serge Ravet, EIfEL, France
Workshop: Telling my story
  • Helen Barrett, Consultant, USA
Parallel Sessions
ePortfolios in higher education

Revealing the essence of ePortfolios (celebrating cultural identity, learning communities)
  • Madhumita Bhattacharya and Maggie Hartnett, Massey University, New Zealand
Capturing a personal history: sensemaking from the fragments (blogs and wikis in formal taught courses)
  • Derek Chirnside, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
ePortfolios in schools

The use of digital portfolios to represent and assess student achievement, effort and learning
  • Janette Ellis, GeneratEd 
  • Evangeline Stefanakis, Teacher College, Columbia University, USA
Coffee Break
Round Table and open discussion
Where to from here?
Closing Remarks


Liz Millar

Director Liz Millar is the Director of the New Zealand Principal and Leadership Centre at Massey University which is based at the National NZPF office. Liz is a member of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation.
Prior to taking up the position of Director NZPLC Liz was principal of a primary school in Wellington.

Her current work as Director of NZPLC involves principal development and the facilitation of principal thinking in principal professional learning communities.

She has written and directed reflective training for aspiring leaders in the Wellington region and has facilitated regional streams of work with principal associations for implementation in 2007.

Liz has worked in the Leadership Team at the, then, Wellington School Support Services. She also joined the Ministry of Education to implement the suite of leadership initiatives announced in the 2001 government budget. The suite of initiatives included the design and set up of the First Time Principals’ Contract, the design and launch of the principal portal Leadspace, the roll out of laptops for principals. Liz oversaw, with another Ministry of Education facilitator, the appointment and professional development of the PEN facilitators as part of the Ministry of Education Principal Electronic Network.

Currently she is working alongside principals in the exploration of how interactions might enhance principal thinking about leading change. The use of interactions and e-Portfolio is starting to demonstrate leadership thinking in action.

Dr. Helen Barrett recently retired from the faculty of the College of Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage and is living in the Seattle area. 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.

She was on loan to the International Society for Technology in Education between 2001 and early 2005, working as the Assessment Coordinator for ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards and providing training and technical assistance on electronic portfolios for teacher education programs throughout the U.S.under a federal PT3 grant. In 2005, Dr. Barrett became the Research Project Director for The REFLECT Initiative, an international research project, underwritten by TaskStream, to assess the impact of electronic portfolios on student learning, motivation and engagement in secondary schools. She is currently working on several book projects on electronic portfolios. She is also an Apple Distinguished Educator and a George Lucas Educational Foundation Faculty Associate.


Serge Ravet is Chief Executive of the European Institute for E-Learning (EIfEL), a cross-sectoral professional body whose mission is to support the development of a knowledge and learning society. EIfEL is at the forefront of the ePortfolio movement in Europe, setting as objective that in 2010, every citizen will have access to an ePortfolio. He is also Vice-President of the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning (EFQUEL). Combining both technological and pedagogical expertise (20 years experience in training and human resources development) with working experience in Europe and the US, he is retained as an expert and a consultant in learning technology projects. He has published books and articles on eLearning, competencies, quality, learning technologies and ePortfolios - "Technology-based Training" (Kogan Page, 1997) "Valider les Compétences avec les NVQs" (DEMOS, 1999); a Guide to e-learning Solutions (2001).

J Ellis

Janette Ellis is the Principal of generatED – Education Consultancy specialising in innovation and creativity. She focuses on New Learning and New Thinking theory and skills development. Janette is a foundation member of ePortfolio Australia which organised the first international conference dedicated to digital portfolios to be held in Australia in 2004. Janette started developing her professional portfolio with women@thecutting edge and has since been involved in supporting teachers to develop digital portfolios for professional learning and demonstrating professional standards.

She has worked with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and the Department of Education and Community Services (DECS) Adelaide to support teachers to develop an eportfolio response to Statewide Teaching Standards. In 2006 she provided a series of digital portfolio development sessions for Early Childhood Educators in Victoria as an innovative approach to meeting the Evidence for Validation process. She is currently working with the Department of Education (DoE) Victoria to develop digital portfolios for student learning and assessment purposes within the context of the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS).

Mark Nichols

Mark Nichols is e-learning specialist with the Bible College of New Zealand, a broad role that includes everything from LMS administration through to tutor training, course design through to change management, strategy through to research. He is chair of the Mahara project (a TEC funded development for an open source ePortfolio platform), and a member of the Distance Education Association of New Zealand executive. He was recognised as a Flexible Learning Leader in New Zealand (2005-2006) and is also involved in the next stages of that initiative. He has also convened the ITPNZ (polytechnic) e-learning forum while working in that sector.

Mark graduated from Waikato University in 1995 with a BMS (Management Studies, with honours) then completed an MAODE (Open and Distance Education, with distinction) with the Open University, UK in 2001. He is part way through a Grad Dip (bridging) with the Bible College of New Zealand, but this year began PhD study examining the philosophical roots of Christian education and its fit with distance education and e-learning.

Mark has served in e-learning roles in the polytechnic and university sectors and has a reasonably extensive publication history in e-learning that includes peer-refereed journal outputs and various conference presentations.


Evangeline Harris Stefanakis, Ed.D., is currently the Advisor and faculty associate at the National Academy of Teaching Excellence at Teachers College Columbia, New York to spearhead new initiatives in differentiated instruction and inclusive education. Previously, she was a faculty member in the Learning and Teaching area of Harvard Graduate School of Education, focusing her research on the assessment and instruction of students with learning challenges: including those who are bilingual and/or with disabilities. Also as a Senior Associate for Programs in Professional Education at Harvard, she developed leadership training programs for educators focused on better serving diverse populations in the US and abroad.  Her teaching and consulting experiences are in bilingual, K12 and special education in both U.S. and international schools, most recently in Greece, Scotland, Norway, Mexico and China.  She actively works with multicultural school communities on projects related to linking curriculum and assessment.  Among the districts she has worked with are the Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, and Somerville [MA] Public Schools, the Massachusetts Schools Network for Harvard Project Zero, the Massachusetts Department of Education, the American School of Amsterdam and the American Community School in Athens, Greece. As a researcher, frequent speaker, and writer, her work focuses on understanding how best to assess and teach children from diverse language and cultural backgrounds.

Her most recent publications include Whose Judgment Counts?: Assessing Bilingual Children  (Heinemann & Boynton, 1998), Teachers Judgment Do Count: Assessing Bilingual Students ( Harvard Education Publishing, (1999) and Multiple Intelligences and Portfolios: A Window into the Learner’s Mind (Heinemann, 2003).  Dr. Stefanakis is a graduate of Tufts University and earned a M.S. in Special Education, Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Disorders at Lesley College.  Her CAS and Ed. D. are from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education with a concentration in International Education in Administration, Planning and Social Policy and in Teaching and Learning.


Dr Eva Heinrich is Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Massey University, New Zealand. Her research interests lie in the areas of e-learning support for formative assessment and e-portfolios for lifelong learning. She holds the position of Assistant Head Of Institute (Teaching and Learning).

Dr Heinrich holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and PhD in Information Systems from Massey University, New Zealand. For details on research projects and publications see        

Dave Hornblow.jpg

Dave Hornblow is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Business at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. He is widely published in the fields of open and distance learning (for example, Secrets to Successful Completions: The Ongoing Confessions of an Open Learning Enthusiast) and adult and experiential learning (Teaching for Business Success: Organised Excursions from RPL to PFL - that is, from ‘recognition of prior learning’ to ‘preparation for future learning’. He has designed and run applied management courses over the past two decades that have seen an evolution from paper-based to electronic delivery. A current interest is the redefinition of models of education in line with new technology and the emergence of new communities of learning.

Dr. Madhumita Bhattacharya

Dr. Madhumita Bhattacharya is a Senior Lecturer at the College of Education, Massey University. She teaches both in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in science and technology education and in the Distance and Online Education Programme. Dr. Bhattacharya has more than 10 years of research and teaching experience in ICT in Education. She has published extensively in international journals and presented at several conferences and institutions. Recently she has been awarded a grant by British Council for collaborative research with University of Brighton, UK. Prior to coming to New Zealand Dr. Bhattacharya has teaching and research experiences in Singapore, Australia, Japan, UK and India.

Maggie Hartnett

Maggie Hartnett is currently a doctoral student at the College of Education, Massey University interested in the increasingly diverse nature of online learning environments and tools such as ePortfolio that hold promise as a useful learning and assessment tool in multicultural environments. Maggie completed her Masters degree in the field of Distance and Online education in 2006 where the focus of her research was how an integrative approach to ePortfolio development fosters critical reflection. She has taught in a range of contexts in a number of roles including e-learning facilitator, most recently in the polytechnic and secondary education sectors. In addition to fulltime study she is currently working part-time as a tutor at Massey University.

dclark.jpg Donald Clark is CEO of the Research and Education Advanced Network NZ Ltd, the organisation charged with establishing and operating the country's advanced network for the research & education sector - KAREN. Before joining REANNZ, Donald was the Prime Minister's policy adviser on telecommunications, transport, economic development, state-owned enterprises, science & innovation and broadcasting. He has also advised ministers on the Government's ownership interests in the Crown research institutes.

Prior to that, Donald worked in Europe as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He was also an early employee at technology start-up Ask Jeeves UK. He holds a chemical engineering degree from the University of Edinburgh.

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