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Title: North East regional collaboration for personalised, workbased, and lifelong learning

North East regional collaboration for
personalised, work-based, and life-long learning
October 2007 to February 2009 Partners
include 5 HEIs FE colleges (Comport
Project) CETL4HealthNE Project Director
Prof. Geoff Hammond Project Manager Simon
Cotterill Project Officers Paul Horner Martin
Edney http//
EPICS-2 Themes
Work-Based Learning
ePortfolios, Blogs Social Networking
Life-Long Learning
Personalised Learning
EPICS-2 Overview of Activities
  • Regional PDP Forum
  • Large-scale pilots of ePortfolios, blogs social
  • Supporting personalised learning pathways for
    Postgraduate Students in a regional context
  • Supporting life-long learning (interoperability)
  • Mobile technologies (JANET txt)
  • Updated version of the ePET portfolio

Case Studies
Case Study ePortfolio to support learning on an
employability skills module
An action research project undertaken with
undergraduate students at levels 5. Context
the module helps prepare students for the
recruitment process for both year-long placements
and permanent employment. Aim encourage
students to adopt a deep, active approach to
learning, and thus take responsibility for their
own learning. Outcomes The use of the
ePortfolio format encourages reflection and
self-evaluation and facilitates formative
feedback by peers and tutors, as well as
providing a repository for evidence of skills and
capabilities from which appropriate material can
be selected to support specific job applications.
ePET Unstructured Blogbut with explicit links
to skills/outcomes
Case Study Combined Studies
  • Evaluating use of ePortfolio to support
    personalised learning pathways
  • Cohort students commencing October 2007
  • Modest engagement av. 28 logins per student
    in 18 months (range 1 -168)
  • Minimal engagement prior to assessed assignment
    in Semester 2, Year 1
  • Mostly used CV/skills (assessed),limited use of
    cross-module learning log

? It helped me see the skills I was using that
my modules shared and sort of helped me develop
those further.
? too time consuming
? I had to write a CV and it helped me think
about what modules and what aspects of each
module I enjoy, while writing about them.
? didn't really understand what I needed to put
down as evidence
Case Study Speech Language Sciences
  • Evaluating use of ePortfolio/blog to support
    placement learning
  • Cohort BSc MSc students (all years) from
    October 2007
  • Medium engagement av. 30 logins per student
    (range 2 -142)
  • Steady use over time recording clinical goals,
    placements and clinical skills
  • Virtually no sharing of blog entries in the
    community areas

? I find I do not have enough time to use the
ePortfolio regularly.
? being able to put in my placement goals, and
have a format to review my progress in these at
each stage.
? Ability to put in different placements into
the portfolio alongside your goals and whether
you achieved them. Ability to make blogs private
to evaluate yourself without others seeing..
? You had to be careful to tick a load of boxes
saying that your blog was private because it
could get posted in the community blog otherwise
Case Study PGCE (Secondary)
  • Evaluating use of ePortfolio/blog to support
    placement learning
  • Cohort PGCE students (all subjects) from Sept
    2008 (n156)
  • High engagement av. 41 logins per student
    (range 4 -178) in Semester 1, 1096 files
  • Good use of blog av. 16 entries. Many linked
    to Skills av. 76 links to QTS standards
  • Many blogs published to community areas 825
    entries, 262 comments

? good for staying in touch whilst on teaching
? What I do like about the ePortfolio is that it
is designed for the purpose of building a skills
repertoire, and allows you to connect thoughts
and experiences to the Key Skills.
? It's not very clear exactly what parts of it
are mandatory and what parts are optional
? the ePortfolio is well set-out with regards to
being able to link blogs to the skills pages. The
ePortfolio in a sense guides you through the
? It is tedious having to fill in a weekly blog
especially when I have many other things to do.
Factors related to engagement with ePortfolio /
Interim results n163 (30 response rate so
Use of Social Networking and perceptions of its
use in learning
91 of respondents use social networking sites
(58 on a daily basis). Use of these sites was
predominantly for social reasons, though 62
sometimes used them to communicate with
classmates about course-related topics 9 had
used them to communicate with teaching staff
about course-related topics
most people see Facebook etc. as an escape from
work and it really should stay that way.
It must never be enforced. Emphasis on social
networking. Informality is key.
BSc Speech Language Sciences student
Combined Studies student
I prefer to keep social networking sites for
personal use and for engaging in general
conversation about essays etc in a
non-official/non-university domain where it's
friends discussing a course. Professional
dialogue, opinions on educational matters, lesson
plans, theory discussions I prefer to engage in
face to face or via the official, nominated
online spaces.
PGCE student
Interim results n163 (30 response rate so far)
Case Study ePortfolio to support Overseas
Nursing Programme
  • Students spend most time on placements
  • Established paper-based portfolio for reflection
    and assessment
  • ePET portfolio adapted to replicate parts of the
    paper portfolio
  • Low uptake students had option to use either
    paper or electronic
  • Ongoing interest from programme leaders to work
    on an ePortfolio approach

Case Study ePortfolio/blog to support PGCE
  • More on this later from the COMPORT project

Personalised learning pathways for Postgraduate
Personalised Learning Pathways
  • Aims share and widen the range of training
    opportunities for postgraduates to choose from
    (including part-time and distance students).
  • Extensive consultation and user-needs analysis
  • We developed a working model for sharing training
    opportunities amongst the 5 universities in the
  • Very applicable to other contexts (e.g. viewing
    learning opportunities from multiple providers in

Workshop Booking system
Workshop Booking system
XCRI feed
XCRI feed
Web Service to import attendance records
from remote systems
Life Long Learning(interoperability)
  • Standards and specifications for transferring
    life-long learning records between systems
  • Worked with various standards particularly
  • LEAP2a
  • IMS ePortfolio
  • Extended the work in EPICS-2 into 2 JISC-CETIS
  • PIOP (completed)
  • Leap2a (ongoing)

Educational Benefits of Interoperability
  • Continuity in life-long learning (LLL)
  • School HE Continuing Development
  • Explicit recognition of prior learning
  • Focus on continuous development, not episodic
  • Integration with other systems

Life-long personal learning space Serial
transfer of data Aggregators of multiple
portfolios / blogs
Alternative models
  • Linking into the wider VLE
  • Integration with other systems
  • e.g. Workshop admin portfolio/CV
  • e.g. CV
    recruitment services

Mobile Technologies
Mobile Technologies
  • Major change in the project
  • From developing asynchronous tools for PDAs
  • proprietary form building software
  • To Using mobile phones texting into
  • Why?
  • Rapid advances in connectivity and mobile data
  • Widespread mobile phones / contracts by students
  • Learning from CETL4HealthNE mobile projects
  • High support costs (local and central)
  • Issues with distribution of mobile devices on
    short-term basis
  • Issues related to changing curricula
  • Solution
  • JANET txt
  • We developed Web Services to send incoming texts
    to portfolios/blogs
  • Focus groups issues - personal cost,

  • Case studies add to our knowledge of the use of
    ePortfolios/blogs to support LLL WBL
  • New approach to link blogs to structured outcomes
    in ePET
  • Developed a working model for the regional
    sharing of learning opportunities for
  • Work on interoperability standards for lifelong
    learning helped shape national standards.

Further Information ? http//
Extra slides (not used in the presentation)
Learning Maps
This is an innovative 2 year project funded as
part of the JISC Transforming Curriculum
Delivery Through Technology programme, starting
in November 2008.
  • The Learning Maps will provide a fusion of both
    formal curricula and personal learning
    information with the flexibility to view
  • Formal curriculum maps (programme and modules)
  • Skills / learning outcomes (add evidence / view
    learning opportunities)
  • Personalised learning records
  • Related learning resources drawn in from
    multiple sources
  • Web 2.0 approaches participative interactive
  • Web 3.0 approaches adaptive analogy with
    neural networks

Scenario A student views their personalised
learning map which draws in their specific
modules, programme level outcomes and personal
learning records. They add an external resource
linked to a particular topic which they opt to
share with others on their course, who can rate
and review it.
Background EPICS-1
EPICS - North East regional collaboration around
ePortfolio progression pathways with illustrative
studies Part of the JISC Distributed e-Learning
Programme. 2005- 2006 Partners included 5
HEIs FE colleges JISC Regional Centre
Case studies -demonstrate feasibility /
scalability -supporting life-long
learning http//
EPICS-1 Highlights
  • Pedagogy
  • established a Regional Forum for PDP
  • Governance
  • developed a toolkit for those embarking on using
    ePortfolios to consider policy, practice etc.
  • Technical
  • 5 case studies interoperability FE / HE
  • Shibboleth (single sign-on)

EPICS-2 Summary
Further Information