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ePIC 2012 Newsflash

April-May 2012


ePIC 2012
London 9-10-11 July



Portfolio careers and ePortfolios

    ePIC 2012 update

    • Call for contributions deadline 21 May

    • Conference programme

    • Keynote speakers

    Diana Laurillard - Teaching as a Design Science
    Barrie Hopson - Helping people become architects of their own future
    Carla Casilli - Open Badges

    • Presenters

    Richard Wyles - Open Badges
    Klaus Himpsl-Gutermann - ePortfolios in academic qualification


      • Call for abstracts: Networked Identities—How Digital Technologies Reshape Identity Construction in the 21st Century

      Partner Events

      • 3 July 2012—Mahara Conference UK 2012
      • 21-23, October 2012—CAPLA Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
      • 16 – 19 July 2012—AAEEBL, Boston, USA
      • 27-28 September 2012—ePortfolios Australia Conference (EAC2012)


      Portfolio careers and ePortfolios








      International Journal of ePortfolioeLearningEuropathe Kantara Initiative

      For Barrie Hopson, keynote speaker at ePIC 2012 and co-author of 10 Steps to Creating a Portfolio Career, over a million people have been and are developing portfolio careers in the UK. According to the findings of the Eurobarometer survey 2009 * an average of 45% of European citizens would prefer to be self-employed, while 49% prefer the status of employee*. Actual figures for the self-employed in 2010, ranged from around 10% in the United States and Europe to well over 30% in Greece, Mexico, and Turkey**.

      Why such discrepancy between the desire for self-employment and the reality? What would be required to overcome the barriers to self-employment and portfolio careers? How could technologies contribute in transforming the desire for self-employment and portfolio careers into a more tangible reality?

      One of the dominant biases when addressing the issue of job finding is to consider that individuals are primarily looking for one employer, while if you are self-employed, your employer is your client. And you are probably looking for many of them! If your desire for leading a portfolio career includes being part-time employee, part-time entrepreneur and part-time self-employed, then you might need to confine your different professional identities within different communities to avoid possible clashes— e.g. accountant, ballroom dancer and taxidermist.

      Whilst the path to becoming an employee is paved with services and technologies—public employment agencies, job boards, job adverts and social networks, the path to self-employment is not so well endowed. Where are the job-adverts, the job-boards and the social networks for those looking for self-employment?

      Professionals have access to a number of freelance marketplaces such as Freelancer, TopCoder (claims 408,456 members and over $36 million in total payments to date), Elance (claims 1,489,248 registered contractors and over $541 million payments to-date), iFreelance, crowdSPRING (logos and graphic design), constantcontent ("Buy Unique Articles for your Website from Expert Writers") or ("Connecting Programmers with Custom Software Buyers & WebMasters"). They provide more or less sophisticated reputation-building mechanisms improving opportunities to win bids and increase fees. Transactions usually start with a bid for a job to which freelancers respond with a quote—TopCoder allocates work through competitions.

      Freelance marketplaces are outsourcing marketplaces; they are online temporary work agencies for online workers competing against each other. They use technology to improve traditional business processes, not to reinvent them. Crowdsourcing is an expanded model of outsourcing where tasks/problem solving are outsourced to an undefined public rather than a specific body. A survey of 166 problems posted to InnoCentive from 26 different firms found the odds of a solver’s success increased in fields in which they had no formal expertise (source).

      Can we imagine the opposite to outsourcing marketplaces, i.e places where co-operating self-employed professionals are in a position to take the initiative of meaningful transactions with businesses (not just sending a CV) and where the community acts as a sales force? This is one of the many promises of Vendor Relationship Management (VRM)....(VRM should probably be rechristened Trade or Commerce Relationship Management but that is another story). eBay provides an interesting reference of a symmetrical platform: under the same account, one can be a buyer or a seller of a wide range of goods from lawn mowers to properties.

      Add services to goods on eBay, and we might have a very decent platform to support self-employment. One could find a second-hand lawn mower, a person to mow the lawn, another to service the lawn mower (it's second hand!), a compost maker, etc. The person hired to mow the lawn would get referrals that could bring more (or less!) business and with the earnings would perhaps hire a self-employed plumber to install the radiators bought from another member of the community... This could encourage the globalisation of Local exchange trading systems (LETS) and the use of LETS Credits instead of local currencies. Of course, we will rapidly discover the inadequacies of eBay with regards to privacy and the ability to confine our different identities, or the problems of interoperability with other Trade Relationship Management silos. Yet, we will have made significant progress towards a global architecture for Trade Relationship Management which we need if we are to make the dreams of self-employment a reality.

      We look forward to your comments!

      Serge Ravet

      Join us at ePIC 2012, 9-10-11 July, London

      * Eurobarometer 2009: Entrepreneurship in the EU and beyond, A survey in the EU, EFTA countries, Croatia, Turkey, the US, Japan, South Korea and China (link).

      ** According to OECD, "in general, self-employment rates are highest in countries with low per capita income although Italy, with a self-employment rate of around 25.5%, is an exception. Ireland and Spain also combine high per capita incomes and high self-employment rates" (link).

      See also: 2011 issue of Entrepreneurship at a Glance, a product of the OECD-Eurostat Entrepreneurship Indicators Programme (link). The 2012 publication will be released early June (link). 2010 Self-employment in the United States (link)

        London, 9-10-11 July 2012

        ePIC 2012 Update





        Call for contributions

        21 May 2012 is the deadline for the submission of abstracts. After this date it will still be possible to submit abstracts for the open space sessions on day 1 and day 3 of the conference.


        Updated programme at:

        Open Badges Track: Carla Casilli, Mozilla Foundation, USA - keynote speaker

        CCasilli.jpg Carla leads Mozilla's Open Badge Infrastructure project and acts as liaison to Mozilla's Learning Group. At Mozilla, she focuses her twenty years of strategic design, branding, and simplified communications experience on the examination, improvement, and encouragement of alternative educational assessment efforts. She spearheads Open Badges communication outreach and strategizes on all aspects of badges including assessment, implementation, research and application.

        Carla holds an MA in Media Psychology and Social Change from Fielding University and a BFA in Graphic Design and Writing from Carnegie-Mellon University.

        Open Badges Track: Richard Wyles, Totara Learning Solutions New Zealand

        Richard Wyles, CEO of Totara will be at ePIC 2012 to present the integration of Open Badges in Mahara and Moodle.

        Totara Learning Solutions was amongst the winners announced at the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition announced 1st March at the Digital Media and Learning Conference in San Francisco.

        The “Moodle as Issuer, Mahara” as Displayer project will integrate Mozilla’s new free and open source “Open Badges” software to issue, manage and display digital badges for learning across the Web. All the new software will be released as open source to Moodle, the world’s leading open source learning management system, and Mahara is the leading open source eportfolio system widely used in K12 and higher education.

        Diana Laurillard, Institute of Education University of London - keynote speaker

        DLaurillard.jpegProfessor Diana Laurillard has given many international keynote addresses, published in many academic journals and books. She is the author of Teaching as a Design Science (2012, Routledge) , and her book Rethinking University Teaching: A conversational framework for the effective use of learning technologies (2002, RoutledgeFalmer), one of the most widely cited in the field, is now translated into Chinese.

        She currently holds the Chair of Learning with Digital Technologies in the Faculty of Culture and Pedagogy at the Institute of Education, University of London. Current research is in two related areas: Teaching/Learning Design tools for teachers, and Digital interventions for low numeracy and dyscalculia. In both cases the intention is to bridge the gap between teaching and research.

        Previous appointments include Head of the e-Learning Strategy Unit at the UK Governmentís Department for Education and Skills, the Visiting Committee on IT at Harvard University, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for learning technologies and teaching at The Open University.

        Current appointments include the Board of the Observatory for Borderless HE, the Governing Board for the UNESCO Institute for IT in Education, the Council for FernUniversitet in Hagen, the Trustees Board for the E-Learning Foundation.


        Barrie Hopson - keynote speaker

        “Helping people become architects of their own future”

        BHopson.pngDr Barrie Hopson’s current portfolio career includes… chairman of Axia Interactive Media, director of Live Happier, writer, presenter, consultant and chair of his local community association. He has a long history of involvement in the area of career development having established the Counselling and Career Development Unit at Leeds University in 1976 and subsequently went on to found Lifeskills International.

        A fellow of the British Psychological Society he has written 40 books including the bestselling 12 Steps to Success through Service, The Lifeskills Teaching Programmes , Build Your Own Rainbow, and The Rainbow Years: the Pluses of Being 50+. His latest venture is a site dedicated to helping people to “Live Happier: The Ultimate Life Skill” – the title of his first ebook. His last book was ‘And What Do You Do? 10 Steps to Creating a Portfolio Career’, written with Katie Ledger. Barrie has worked widely as a consultant to commercial and educational organisations worldwide. He runs 10k charity races for the Stroke Association as his wife had a major stroke last year and will run his first half marathon this year.


        Dr. Klaus Himpsl-GutermannKlaus Himpsl-Gutermann: E-Portfolios in academic qualification

        Klaus Himpsl-Gutermann, of the Donau-Universität, Krems, Austria, has just finished his doctorate and will present the most important results in London. Central to his dissertation was a 3-year action research project, which was carried out in the extra-occupational master study course, “eEducation MA”, with the aim to develop, implement and, in particular, analyze, an integrative ePortfolio concept for academic qualification. The research questions and design focused on the benefit and relevance of the ePortfolio for students. The final analysis, therefore, relies on qualitative interviews that were carried out with alumni from two different age groups, primarily using the Grounded Theory Methodology. Resulting from their descriptions of problem areas, critical factors as well as learning strategies, his dissertation provides direct recommendations for the implementation of ePortfolios as well as various contributions concerning the theory of ePortfolios in the form of three models. The main result of the empirical study is a 4-phase-model, which describes the long-term use of ePortfolios from the perspective of students according to four phases: “orientate yourself”, “position yourself”, “identify yourself” and “present yourself”. Especially in the second phase, areas of conflict in the ePortfolio become noticeable between reflexive learning and the development of a “digital career identity“. Apart from that, the empirical study shows that the design of the portfolio was of crucial importance in the phase of orientation and identification, and that the students encountered the most difficulties with the process of reflection.

        Link to the dissertation (at the moment only available in German):

        Social Networking



        Call for Abstracts: Networked Identities

        How Digital Technologies Reshape Identity Construction in the 21st Century

        An Open Textbook Project




        Important dates

        • 20 June 2012: abstract submission
        • 10 July 2012: workshop at ePIC 2012
        • 15 September 2012: final selection of abstracts / authors for chapters; finalisation of the editorial board
        • 15 November2012: upload of short and long papers. Start of review
        • 15 December 2012: upload of final version of short and long papers
        • 15 February 2013: book publication


        About this call

        This Call for Abstracts is the first stage of a larger open text book project. Abstracts will be discussed during the Networked Identities Workshop to establish the foundations of the book and will be published in a special book of abstracts as well as in ePIC 2012 proceedings.


        The environment in which we construct and express our identities in the 21st century is being dominated by the ubiquitous presence of digital networks and media. To what extent do digital networks and media contribute to renewed forms of emancipation and/or alienation? How can we maximize their beneficial effects to empower autonomous identity construction, whilst minimizing adverse consequences? Does the emergence of a Cyberspace challenge our current understanding of identity construction? Is it primarily an issue of 'assimilation' (integrating new means to do slightly differently what we did before) or 'accommodation' (the need to transform our representations and invent new practices)? What is the impact on the future of education, practice, research, technologies, business models, policies, etc.? Is there a risk that identity-related technologies and regulations might be retrofitted to the 'real world' with negative consequences on our freedom? How can citizens be empowered to make contributions to the technology and policy debates on identity issues?

        The importance taken by digital technologies and social networks in identity construction can be witnessed with the emergence of new concepts, such as digital identity and digital self, new issues, such as fragmentation of personal data and total transparency, new architectures and protocols to manage identification, authorisation and trust, new social practices, such as social networking or personal branding... This is giving birth to a growing body of literature, from research publications and practitioner contributions to practical guidelines on "How to create your Online Identity?"

        The aim of Networked Identities is to provide an understanding of the issues and solutions related to identity construction in a world dominated by the ubiquitous presence of digital networks and media.

        The title of the book refers to the use of networks to construct one's identities as well as the interplay between the different identities and various identity components of an individual. It also aims at addressing the relationships between individual and collective identities, self-identity and identity-through-others.

        This will be achieved by inviting authors to explore:

        • Current discourses on technologies—e.g. is 'personal branding' a concept conducive to emancipation or to the alienation of our identities as mere market commodities? Is social-networking a means to increase the value of social capital or an invitation to busily code our actions and thoughts for Google and Facebook to monetise them?
        • What are the internal dynamics of the different stakeholders at the micro, meso and macro levels, the play across individuals, institutions, networks, technology and service providers and society at large?
        • What are the emerging practices in identity construction, the enablers and disablers to innovative practices?
        • What literacies are supportive of identity construction and how can educators foster these literacies with specific target groups like children, teenagers, adults etc.
        • How do/could people, networks and organisations influence the outcomes one way or another?—There are different interests at stake and the conditions to empowering individual identity construction might enter into conflict with those of a number of corporations and States.

        The main objective of this book is to provide state of the art information to those wishing to make informed decisions in relation to identity construction—citizens, educators, technology developers, service providers, employers, policy makers etc. This book also aims at exploring a range of solutions to identity construction through digital networks and media in terms of education, research, technologies, business models, policies and regulations.

        Objectives of the Book

        The objectives of Networked Identities are:

        • To examine the impact of digital networks and technologies on identity construction and exploitation;
        • To take a critical look at the concepts related to identity and digital technologies: digital identity, personal branding, identity theft, etc.;
        • To explore whether the nature and substance of identities is transformed within a world mediated by digital networks and technologies;
        • To deepen our understanding of the dialectic relationship between emancipation and alienation carried by digital networks architecture, the actual and potential practices they support and the narratives generated;
        • ... (c.f. the call)

        Suggested topics

        Suggested topics (in relation to identity, digital networks and media) include, but are not limited to:

        • Conceptual frameworks to understanding identity construction (and self);
        • The relationship between the construction of individual and collective identities;
        • Individuation;
        • Identity literacies;
        • Identity and reflexivity;
        • Fragmented identities and digital integrity;
        • Distributed identities;
        • Mediated identities;
        • Professional identities;
        • Patchwork identities;
        • Portfolio career and identities
        • ... (c.f the call)

        How to Submit?

        Authors are invited to submit an initial abstract at ePIC 2012 in the track “Networked Identities.” The abstracts will be discussed during a workshop organised at ePIC 2012 to explore the different chapters and the grouping of authors per chapter.
        Abstracts (20 June 2012)

        Abstract length must be between 800 and 1200 words.
        Contributions may include summary of research papers, position papers, work in progress, case studies, etc.

        Workshop (10 July 2012)

        The objective of the workshop is to:

        • collect the first inputs of the community on the book project
        • agree on
          • book objectives—what impact do we expect
          • book structure—to make it accessible
          • core areas to be covered
        • identify
          • research questions
          • potential contributors
          • potential sponsors

        The abstracts will be published in special book of abstracts and in the ePIC 2012 proceedings.

        Book chapters (15 November 2012)

        Based on the outcomes of the workshop the Editorial Board will invite selected authors to collaborate on book chapters. After the workshop a public Call for Chapters will be issued to invite further authors from different areas of research including social sciences, education, psychology, philosophy etc.


        The book will be published in February 2013 under Creative Commons with the ISBN Number 978-2-9540144-2-5. It will be freely downloadable from the book site:

        Full text of the call:


        Partner News & Events


        Mahara Conference UK 2012

        The Mahara UK 2012 Conference will take place on Tuesday 3rd July 2012 at Lancaster University. This year the conference will be hosted by LUNS and co-organised by TDM and Catalyst IT Europe.

        Call for presentations will last till May 18th 2012.

        Early-bird registration is now open and will be available till May 28th, from May 29th onwards the standard rate will apply.

        Conference Hashtag: #maharauk12

        CAPLA, October 21-23, 2012 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

        Please join the Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA) at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel for the international Recognizing Learning conference on October 21-23, 2012 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.


        AAEEBL, 16 – 19 July 2012, Boston

        The AAEEBL annual Conference, ePortfolios as a Catalyst for Connections: Celebrating the Curious, Creative and Capable Learner

        For the third year, AAEEBL members and eportfolio practitioners from around the world will gather at the Seaport World Trade Center on stunning Boston Harbor for the AAEEBL Annual Conference. Once again, AAEEBL is co-locating with Campus Technology, and attendees will be welcome to attend either AAEEBL or CT sessions.

        Registration is now live!


        The Research Committee of AAEEBL is conducting a survey to gain greater understanding about eportfolio use.

        The survey will be available for your response at starting on May 9 through June 22 with preliminary findings to be shared and discussed at the annual AAEEBL conference in Boston, July 16-19 and in online webinars.

        ePortfolios Australia Conference 2012 (EAC2012) 27-28 September

        The ePortfolios Australia Conference 2012 Organising Committee are pleased to announce that ePortfolios Australia Conference 2012 (EAC2012) will be held at Australian Catholic University in North Sydney on 27-28, September.

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