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Badges, wikis, portfolii: Exploring the issues of person centric portfolios beyond the institution and across multiple institutions and frameworks. -- 180 -- Short (oral) Paper

09:00 - 10:20 on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 in Main Theatre

This short paper will explore the issues and concepts behind the development of an innovative toolset that integrates systems that support personalised portfolios, with the capacity to link and interact with professionally or personally developed competency frameworks.

The initial approach was to explore the direct and indirect user interactions that might occur between the various user types depending on their needs. Within the users’ interaction, the technologies, standards and data types involved were outlined. This information informed the choice of a suitable technology and methods to develop an ePortfolio-type software system, which could cope with a variety of interaction processes, allowing the sharing of media rich resources (assets) between users. The use of recognised standards (LEAP2A) and Cloud technology and infrastructure allowed full interoperability of assets between systems.

The results indicated that a ‘person-centric’ environment was required to support an individual's personal acquisition and sharing of knowledge and media rich assets throughout their lifetime. Bringing together professional experiences, references and examples of projects, along with reflective blogs as the person continues to practice.

It was essential that at its centre was a scalable, interoperable and robust access aggregator that integrated and controlled access to personal ePortfolio-type assets, where the user would have full control of securely sharing and distributing their own personal assets. The system had to integrate with, and improve on, existing systems in the areas of reporting, assessment and collaboration. As well as being available on or offline and removing the traditional ties to institutional, employer owned or regulatory body based repositories and ePortfolio-type tools or systems.

By taking personal ownership of all of their own assets, reflections and contributions, and understanding how these link to acquisition of competencies, either professional or personal, it assists the individual in career decisions and allows them to focus on their own professional development though collaboration and sharing of assets. In the process the individual is:

  • Better able to recognise opportunity;
  • More aware of the trends and directions in the workplace and society;
  • Becomes increasingly effective in the workplace;
  • Able to help, influence and lead others;
  • Confident of their future employability.

By adhering to agreed national and Europe wide standards, information is capable of being transferred easily from one system to another, reflecting the increasing mobility of the lifelong learner. This ensures that data is available wherever the person needs access and not controlled by one institution. By utilising cloud technology and modern approaches to infrastructure there are increased levels of possible sustainability in this model of approach.



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