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 ePIC Events Newsflash May 2011

ePIC 2011
London 11-13 July 2011

Early-Bird Registration deadline:
15 May 2011!

Call extension 20 May 2011

ePortfolio and identity challenges

ePIC 2011 update: draft programme published, keynote speakers, call extension

ePortfolio Unified Calendar project

Partner Events

  • Kantara Initiative Conference, Berlin 16-18 May 2011

  • AAEEBL Boston (USA) 25-28 July 2011

  • World of Learning Exhibition, Birmingham (UK) 27-28 September 2010

  • International Literacy Management workshop, Freiburg (Germany)  18-19 November  2011


 ePortfolio and Identity Challenges



Exploring the contributions to ePIC 2011, the 9th ePortfolio and Identity conference, gives a sense of the vitality and the diversity of the ePortfolio movement worldwide. Authors from 24 countries bring their testimonies on the progress made and challenges facing the ePortfolio and identity community.

It is reassuring to witness that ePortfolio initiatives continue to be developed at national (1) and regional levels (2), as well as within professions (3), sectors (4), individual institutions (5) and courses (6). ePortfolio initiatives cover the need for making learning visible, assessment, recognition of informal learning and accreditation of prior learning, the transformation of curriculum as well as the construction of one's identity, personal and professional.

Large scale initiatives, national, regional or within professional sectors elicit the need for standards and methods for their adoption. While initial standardisation efforts focused on the format of data exchanged across systems and institutions (IMS ePortfolio, Leap2A), over the last years, the focus has started to move towards personal data protection, privacy and trust. This is reflected in two contributions from The Netherlands (7 and 8). The idea that individuals should control the exploitation of their personal data (9), in ePortfolios and beyond, is growing and the technology that makes it possible exists (10).

While technology and standards play an important role in facilitating the creation and exploitation of ePortfolios, the most important contribution of ePIC 2011 is to provide material and intelligence to support informed practice and informed decisions at institutional level. One dominant theme across contributions is the need for 'integration' (integrated learning, integrated environment, integrate knowledge, integrated assessment, etc.). Without proper integration and institutional transformation, ePortfolios are at risk of becoming one more thing to do on top of 'normal work', an additional formal exercise required by institutions with no real value for the learner. Good ePortfolio implementation requires change management (11) within educational institutions and beyond.

So whether you are looking to improve your own practice, share or find ideas and partners for your ePortfolio and identity projects, have a look at the programme and register for the conference (early-bird rate applies until 15 May!). If you want to submit a contribution, it is still possible to post an abstract until 20 May 2011.

Join us at ePIC 2011 London, 11-13 July 2011

The ePIC 2011 Team


  1.  A nation-wide E-portfolio: Reflections on Ambitions and Experiences in the Netherlands - S22B
  2. Toward an innovative strategy for the deployment of a regional ePortfolio - S22B
  3. How CPD and staff development can be combined in Further Education - S22C
  4. Looking backward, looking forward: One university's in medias res reflections on self-representation and identity in e-portfolio use - S22D
  5. What Role Does the Eportfolio Play in Higher Education? - S32B
  6. At the Core of the Curriculum; embedding and mobilising e-portfolio learning - S22A
  7. Securely exchange in employability service - S12B
  8. A nation-wide E-portfolio: Reflections on Ambitions and Experiences in the Netherlands - S22B
  9. Allow learner’s to manage a centralized repository for their achievements - S23C
  10. Data Stores and Insecurity - S23C
  11. ISCP: Change Management Lessons Learnt S21A

N.B. sessions refer to the current programme and presentations might be moved in further editions.

London, 11-13 July 2010

ePIC 2011 Update


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Draft programme published

We are pleased to announce the first draft of the progamme published after a preliminary round of reviews, with over 70 contributions accepted from 24 countries. More submissions are expected over the next weeks as the deadline for submissions is extended until 20 May.

The first day of the programme (11 July) is mainly dedicated to workshops that will satisfy not only the ePortfolio beginner but also the expert. Helen Barrett will provide a series of workshops dedicated to building ePortfolios using web 2.0 technologies, as well as "adding voice" to ePortfolios. Alison Rosemary James from the London College of Fashion will demonstrate her online visual thinking tool, PPD Coach - a starter component of the ePortfolio currently under development at the University of the Arts London. Other workshops will offer an opportunity to explore more in depth specific ePortfolios systems as well as technical and implementation issues.

On the second and third days, a wide number of presentations will address internationally topical issues in the field of healthcare education, employment, continuing professional development, assessment and identity construction.

For a complete view of the current programme:

Keynote speakers

We have the pleasure to announce the presence of Mark Stiles and Donald Clark, to keynote speakers who will challenge the ePortfolio community:

  • “ePorfolios” – a tool for oppression, beyond our abilities, or just an expensive waste of time? - Mark Stiles, Staffordshire University
  • 7 reasons why I don’t want my life in a shoebox, Donald Clark

Picture of Mark StilesMark Stiles is Professor of Technology Supported Learning and Head of Learning Development and Innovation at Staffordshire University. Mark's team are responsible for managing and facilitating eLearning, and for research and development in strategy, policy, technology, and pedagogy for eLearning. Recently, he and his team have been working on organisational issues around the embedding of eLearning, and their work on eLearning Policy and quality assurance for eLearning has received considerable national attention. He has led many projects for JISC and other organisations, including the COSE VLE project, interoperability pilots, SURF X4L (on content reuse) and Staffordshire ICE (interoperation of VLEs with e-aggregators). He is now leading the JISC SUNIWE (web services for individualised support to eLearners) and SURF WBL (e-support for work-based learning) projects. Mark has also carried out various evaluations, including one of the JISC DiVLE programme. He is a regular speaker and has published widely in the field.

Donald Clark was CEO and one of the original founders of Epic Group plc, which established itself as the leading company in the UK e-learning market, floated on the Stock Market in 1996 and sold in 2005.

Describing himself as ‘free from the tyranny of employment’, he is now a board member of Ufi/learndirect, Caspian Learning (learning games tool provider), LearningPool (content provider), Brighton Arts Festival, and a school governor.

Donald has also won many awards for the design and implementation of e-learning, notably the ‘Outstanding Achievement in e-learning Award’ and has advised the World Bank, United Nations and NATO on technology in learning. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences and also a regular (and controversial) blogger on e-learning.

Extension of the call for contributions

Following the success of the initial call for contributions, the call has been extended until 20 May to accommodate all those who did not have time to complete their submission on time. The new schedule for the call is:

  • 20 May 2011 – Extended deadline for the submission of abstracts.
  • 31 May 2011 – Notification of acceptance of presentation to authors
  • 10 June 2011 – Author registration deadline – to be included in the programme
  • 30 June 2011 – Deadline for the submission of the final version of long and short papers
  • 11-13 July 2011 – Conference
  • 30 July 2011 – Publication of the conference proceedings

For a complete view of the call:


ePortfolio Unified Calendar project


Over the last weeks, 4 ePortfolio organisations* have worked towards a collective calendar of educational events, news and opportunities of interest to the world-wide ePortfolio community. You can visit and contribute to the calendar at:

This is only a draft. Other solutions are being explored, also we are very interested to collect your inputs, feedback and suggestions. We will keep you posted on the outcomes of the project.

* The partners of the initiative are: AAEEBL, IoS Forum, the Australian Flexible Learning Framework and ePortfolio California.


Partner events

the Kantara Initiative

Kantara identity conference, Berlin 16-18 May 2011

Fraunhofer FOKUS will host next Kantara's identity conference. This is a very technical conference dedicated to issues such as Assurance & Certification , User Access Management, Massively Scalable Identity Architectures. IoS will be present at this conference and will animate the creation of a European discussion group.


Register now!

About Kantara

Kantara Initiative was announced on April 20, 2009, by leaders of several foundations and associations working on various aspects of digital identity, aka “the Venn of Identity”. It is intended to be a robust and well-funded focal point for collaboration to address the issues we each share across the identity community: Interoperability and Compliance Testing; Identity Assurance; Policy and Legal Issues; Privacy; Ownership and Liability; UX and Usability; Cross-Community Coordination and Collaboration; Education and Outreach; Market Research; Use Cases and Requirements; Harmonization; and Tool Development.


AAEEBL, Boston 25–28 July 2011

Context: The AAEEBL annual conference this year, July 25-28, 2011, in Boston will herald a global transition from the typically tentative, experimental deployment of portfolios to a new committed portfolio deployment characterized by significant curricular re-design within institutions of learning from primary school to graduate school.  This conference will also mark a fuller deployment of portfolios in support of those already in the workforce.  This fuller acceptance of portfolios reflects deep changes in both how knowledge is constructed in our society and in how graduates must direct their careers actively as they move from job to job.  Portfolios are quickly becoming essential gear to succeed in the world of today.

Background: AAEEBL’s first world conference in July 2010 drew 370 people from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., the Netherlands, and Australia.  This year, July 25-28, 2011, also at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston, we expect a larger attendance.  We have built in much more social interaction time at this coming conference in response to requests from last July.

AAEEBL members from AAEEBL member institutions receive a significant discount ($200 USD off the registration price for the first 3 registrants from the institution, for a potential total savings of $600 USD per institution).

Conference link


World of Learning, Birmingham (UK) 28-29 September 2011

Discover new learning suppliers, products, venues and services
Whether you are looking to source new suppliers, find innovative and fresh ideas, discover what's new in the market or to network with your peers, the World of Learning's complete blend of learning solutions will inform and inspire you.

"At a time when many organisations have been downsizing and forced to be more careful in justifying expenditure, it is more important than ever for them to ensure that the people they retain have been given all the skills and knowledge they need to handle wider and more responsible roles. In these tougher economic times it is critical for successful organisations to optimise the productivity of their people, and L&D managers continually need to find new ways and ideas for delivering this cost-effectively."
Peter Chevis, Director, Priority Management - exhibitor in 2010

Leading L&D suppliers
The World of Learning Exhibition features the UK's leading providers of high quality services and venues for the learning and development professional. A visit to the exhibition will provide you with innovative ideas and potential new suppliers that could help make a positive impact to your business learning.

The industry's leading conference
The World of Learning incorporates the industry's leading conference for learning and development professionals.

Featuring high profile case studies, interactive seminars and discussion forums, the World of Learning Conference programme concentrates on the current issues of most concern to L&D professionals. You will come away from the World of Learning Conference with genuine and inspiring solutions for your day-to-day and long-term business objectives.

The 2011 conference programme will be confirmed and published in June 2011. To be the first to see the programme, sign up for the LearnMail e-newsletter.

To exhibit or to pre-register

visit or call +44 (0)20 8394 5171

International Literacy Management workshop, 18-19 November  2011,  Freiburg (Germany)

ePortfolios in Learning and Instruction - Visions, Concepts, Experience
In collaboration with the University of Education Freiburg and AAEEBL

This workshop is designed as a place to network with people from different backgrounds and expertise with regard to ePortfolio, a fast emerging topic on the international horizon of higher education. Bring your current developmental project, your ideas, or simply your creative energy and join others doing their homework in figuring out how to implement and use ePortfolios to improve individual reflective practice, digital learning, and institutional assessment across higher education.

This workshop invites you to tackle one (or more) of the following personal goals:

  • Learn about general principles and assumptions with regard to ePortfolio
  • Work on reflective tasks and task arrangements for ePortfolio work in individual courses
  • Inform yourself about the technical and pedagogical potentials of ePortfolio applications
  • Identify the needs and possibilities of your institution with regard to digital learning, reflective practice, and assessment
  • Outline the process of implementing ePortfolios at your institution

Send your proposal by July 15, 2011 Link
Early-bird registration before September 15, 2011 Link
Download a flyer with information about the program, accommodation, and location

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