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ePIC 2014 Newsflash

December 2013


ePIC 2014
9-10-11 July 2014


Editorial: Badges for All!


  • ePIC 2014 Call for Contributions Open

  • ePIC 2013 Proceedings published


  • Europortfolio Newsletter n°3

  • Europortfolio Chapters


  • Mahara UK, 17-18 July 2014, Brighton, UK
  • APT 2014, 8 July, Greenwich, UK
  • AAEEBL 5th Annual Conference, 28-31July 2014, Boston, USA


Badges for All!




For ePIC 2014 we would like to advance the idea of Open Badges for all! Already a number of initiatives have spawned such as Badge the UK using Mozilla Open Badges "to enable the worldwide recognition of in-demand workplace skills and create new employment opportunities for young people." Last October, during the Mozfest in London, this initiative expanded into Badge the World, a campaign that will be the meeting point for individual, local, regional and international initiatives. We aim at making Badge Europe one of the key contributors.

In 2004, during the second international ePortfolio conference at La Rochelle (France) we launched the idea of ePortfolio for all! We declared that "by 2010, every citizen will have an ePortfolio! " Despite a growing number of ePortfolio initiatives we are still very far from achieving this. Our declaration has not (yet?) become a self-fulfilling prophecy. So, why is Open Badges for all! might more likely to  succeed than the initiative launched 10 years ago (c.f. the picture on the left)?

There are a number of reasons to believe that Open Badges for all! is more likely to succeed:

  1. Simplicity: it is an uncomplicated object — the  Lego™ bloc of learning achievements!
  2. Granularity: it is possible to get a badge for something big or small and to combine them into something meaningful
  3. Openness: the open badge infrastructure (OBI) is open, so every service and application can plug-in
  4. Innovation: is a beneficial consequence of openness; new ideas emerge and are rapidly translated into new services
  5. Trust: Open Badges are the elementary building blocks of trusted identities
  6. Adoption: adoption of Open Badges is very straightforward and is focused on practice, technology is a given

One major difference can be noticed between the early development of ePortfolios and Open badges: initial ePortfolio development rapidly became divergent resulting in the emergence of a series of non-interoperable platforms/silos. Later attempts were made to correct this lack of interoperability*. The current state of Open Badges development is (still) convergent: Open Badges are true learning objects, capturing the requirements, experience and learning of a whole community of practitioners and developers. This is without any doubt the result of the open leadership provided by the Mozilla foundation.

Open Badges are the opportunity to create the conditions for the worldwide recognition of learning achievements and to place formal and informal recognition of learning on a par. Join us in the campaign to Badge Europe and Badge the World (both sites are under construction!).

We look forward to hearing your thoughts and suggestions.

We wish you an excellent holiday season and a great Christmas!

Serge Ravet, ADPIOS, Europortfolio

* c.f. IMS-ePortfolio and LEAP2A specifications.


ePIC 2014 - Evidence-Based Learning

How digital technologies transform the way we collect, organise, visualise and exploit evidence to inform future learning





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ePIC 2014, the 12th international ePortfolio and Identity Conference, is inviting authors to submit research papers, case studies, work in progress, position papers, workshops and posters in relation to Evidence-Based Learning.

Evidence-Based Learning covers two different and complementary perspectives:

  1. Evidence-Based Learning in the sense of Evidence Based Practice as pioneered in the field of medicine and psychology.
  2. Evidence-Based Learning to explore the wealth of new types of evidence at our disposal to lead and transform the learning experience.


The emergence of Open Badges, xAPI, Learning Analytics, MOOCs and Open Data challenges our current understanding of the potential of digital technologies to support and enhance learning, in particular ePortfolios as tools to collect, organise, interpret and make sense of evidence collected during the learning process:

  • Open Badges offer the opportunity to generate trustworthy credentials that can be used to validate and further enrich ePortfolios, learning and work experiences.
  • xAPI offers the opportunity to generate and collect an infinite amount of data in relation to learning processes (and beyond).
  • InLOC (Integrating Learning Outcomes and Competences) offers the opportunity to establish a common framework to represent competencies across ePortfolios, Open badges and xAPI statements.
  • Open Data offers the opportunity to make accessible the wealth of data generated during learning (and beyond)  to encourage innovation and the generation of new services.
  • Learning Analytics offers the opportunity for individuals and organisations to make sense of the vast collection of data at our disposal to plan, reflect on and explore possible learning scenarios.


To take into account the transformation of the technology landscape on which current ePortfolio initiatives are being built, authors are invited to address the following issues:

  • Evidence: how wide is the range of evidence we can collect to plan, support, assess and improve learning processes, as individual learners, professional educators, education leaders, employers and policy makers?
  • Collection: what are the methods and technologies at our disposal to collect this possible wider range of evidence?
  • Trust: how to insure and verify the validity of evidence collected?
  • Visualisation: how to represent collections of evidence to make informed decisions?
  • Interpretation: how good are we at making sense of this range of evidence? How can we improve it?
  • Practice : how the answers to the preceding questions should impact professional practice?
  • Technologies : how the answers to the preceding questions should impact ePortfolio and ePortfolio-related technologies?

Open ePortfolios, Open Badges, Open Credentials, Open Identities, Open Data and Learning Analytics will be amongst the key discussions at ePIC 2014.


All submissions will be peer-reviewed by three members of the programme committee. After acceptance of abstracts, authors will be invited to register as presenter and submit a short/long paper that will be  reviewed to be published in the ePIC 2014 proceedings under ISBN 978-2-9540144-4-9.

NB: the submission and review process is divided into 2 steps: abstracts are reviewed to select presentations for the conference, while papers are reviewed after the conference to select the contents of the proceedings. This 2 step process is designed to encourage authors to use the conference to get feedback from peers to finalise their papers.


Important dates for the Call for Contributions


3 March Deadline for submission of abstracts
31 March Authors notification of acceptance*
9 June Deadline for the submission of long/short papers
9-10-11 July
30 August
Deadline for the submission of the final version of papers
Publication of the proceedings

* Once abstracts is accepted, authors need to register as presenter in order to be included in the conference's programme.

More information on the call:


ePIC 2013 Proceedings Published




Europortfolio Newsletter n°3

The third issue of the Europortfolio Newsletter has been published.

In this Issue you will find :     

  • Maintaining an ePortfolio will become tomorrow's equivalent of achieving certification and polishing up one's resumé
  • Does the use of a portfolio motivate learning?
  • Punished by Open Badges?
  • Empowerment goes ePortfolio: ICT & entrepreneurship for girls
  • Developing competencies of occupational therapists with ePortfolio
  • ePortfolios in the UK
  • Lessons learned from ePortfolio implementation at Nottingham University
  • Portfolio in Sweden – Alive and Growing

You will also find information on the newly formed Europortfolio Chapters.



The goal of Europortfolio is to empower individuals as reflective learners and practitioners, organisations as environments for authentic learning and assessment, and society as a context for lifelong learning, employability and self-realisation

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Europortfolio Chapters

We have the pleasure to announce the creation of the first 3 Europortfolio chapters.

  • Croatia
  • Nordic
  • France

On Thursday, September 26, 2013, during the "Weeks of the Centre for e–learning“, the Croatian Europortfolio Chapter was launched.  Europortfolio Croatia is one of the first Europortfolio Chapters and it shares Europortfolio's mission and objectives. The aim of Europortfolio Croatia is to synthesise ePortfolio related work in Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia to create a virtual meeting place for all ePortfolio practitioners, experts and interested parties from the region.

On Friday October 25, 2013 the Nordic Chapter of Europortfolio was launched. The Nordic chapter is based on the Nordic Portfolio Forum – which has been the main portfolio forum for the Nordic countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden since 2005.
The general assembly chose to build the Nordic Chapter on the foundations of the Nordic Portfolio Forum to ensure that there would be a continuation of the network and collaboration in this well-established organization.

Following a conference call in November, it has been decided to create the French Chapter of Europortfolio with a special focus on Badge France, a campaign inspired by Badge the UK. We will be inviting our Europortfolio colleagues to work with us in a similar campaign at European level: Badge Europe. More to come at the beginning of 2014!

More information in the newsletter and on the Europortfolio portal.



Mahara UK, 17-18 July 2014, Brighton, UK

The Mahara UK Conference 2014 will be held in Brighton, East Sussex on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th July 2014. The University of Brighton and Catalyst IT are proud conference organisers of the 2014 Conference.

APT 2014, 8 July, Greenwich, UK

Connected Learning in an Open World

The Academic Practice and Technology (APT) Conference: Connected Learning in an Open World is the twelfth annual conference hosted by the eCentre at the University of Greenwich. It provides an opportunity for delegates and presenters to debate and explore the significant challenges for higher and post-compulsory education and training arising from these waves of rapid change. The conference will be a forum where policy, practice and strategic developments can be explored, discussed and shared by practitioners and researchers in a vibrant and lively atmosphere on the university's World Heritage Campus.

The themes of the conference will explore:

  • The challenges for pedagogical design and development in an open world;
  • what it means to be a connected learner and a connected institution?
  • the impact of 'disruptive' technologies on the student and academic experience, and on learning, teaching and assessment;
  • student-led learning, user-generated content and the challenges of remixing,  reusing and curating in a digital age;
  • emerging practices, tools and approaches that enhance learner engagement and transition;
  • the skills and attributes needed for the future workforce
  • the relationship between universities, colleges, new e-learners and globalised e-employers.

Call for papers

Summary of important dates 2014


Author registration opened Wednesday 9 October, 2013
Author registration closed Monday 3 March, 2014
Call for Papers posted Wednesday 9 October, 2013
Submissions accepted Wednesday 9 October, 2013
Submissions closed Monday 3 March, 2014
Resubmissions closed Monday 14 April, 2014


Reviewer registration opened Wednesday 9 October, 2013
Reviewer registration closed Monday 3 March, 2014
Tuesday 3 June, 2014
Tuesday 3 June, 2014
Tuesday 3 June, 2014

More information:

Fees discount
You can benefit from reduced fees if you register for APT and ePIC which, this year have been designed to overlap. Both take place at the University of Greenwich. When you register for APT, a discount code will be provided to register for ePIC 2014.

For further information about ePIC visit:

AAEEBL 5th Annual Conference, 28-31July 2014, Boston, USA

Engaged Learning and ePortfolios:
Advancing Learning-Centered Cultures in a Multimodal Age

Important dates:

  • Proposal Deadline: Feb 24, 2014
  • Invitations Distributed: March 24, 2014
  • Registration Opens: Late March 2014


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