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  1. 1. E-portfolio Community of Practice Funded under the JISC Lifelong Learning & Workforce Development Programme Led by University of Wolverhampton Project Manager: Alison Felce Project Officer: Sarah Chesney, Freelance Consultant Duration: Sep 10 – March 11
  2. 2. Background Led by the University of Wolverhampton and the ePPSME project The aims of the ePPSME project were to develop an e-portfolio based pedagogy for work-based learners in small to medium sized enterprises. The ePCoP funding was designed to share learning gained from all projects (like ePPSME) in the programme and encourage a wider audience to participate in e-portfolio based pedagogy discussions.
  3. 3. Strategies to create the ePCoP Decided to use as open a platform as possible  1. for minimum administration  2. to encourage as wide an audience as possible  3. so that at a future date visitors could use (and maybe contribute to) the resources once funding had ended. So we used Cloudworks
  4. 4. Strategies to create the ePCoP Invited specific JISC projects/expert practitioners to share their learning via Cloudworks (six in total) Wide publicity through existing communities with similar interests Invited specific experts with experience to lead asynchronous activities for a time limited period
  5. 5. Some facts about Cloudworks Developed at the Open University with funding from JISC. Resources & discussions can be viewed by anyone Anyone can have an account. Comments are checked (not ‘moderated’) Spam Catcher Molom Not a repository but can embed files from elsewhere
  6. 6. Tools to sustain the ePCoP Cloudworks url http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/2201 But beyond this because Cloudworks doesn’t allow you to upload files we used the project Wordpress site url http://epcop.wordpress.com to host all our own generated content Flickr for images url http://www.flickr.com Slideshare for Powerpoints url http://www.slideshare.net/ because these files can be embedded in Cloudworks.
  7. 7. Tools to sustain the ePCoP Cacoo to draw a visual concept of learning design url http://cacoo.com/ Finally PB works – not used as intended.
  8. 8. Some more facts about Cloudworks Specifically our section of Cloudworks: Jan11-March 11 six activities led by practitioners associated with e-portfolios & communities of practice Total of 1500 views (from different IP addresses) Most visitors came directly to the Cloudscape (browser bookmarks, email links etc ) Second Netvibes and third a Google search. 48 followers from across the globe 31 opted to be ‘attendees’
  9. 9. Engagement What is engagement? Use of other tools e.g. Elluminate produced some additional engagers (who otherwise didn’t add to the Cloudworks discussions)
  10. 10. Challenges We knew we were getting a large number of views but not many were joining in the discussions. We had some inappropriate postings (nothing too bad but not in the spirit of the community) This is a largely under-researched area and I wonder if the openness of the community meant that participants were cautious of revealing a lack of knowledge so publically. (no evidence for this!) Timing of the community – is there ever a right time?
  11. 11. What next? Simply put if the ePCoP is to continue we need an agreed set of aims. Australian VET ePCoP has these aims:  Provide assistance in embedding eportfolios  Disseminate information about the process of building eportfolios  Mentor new users in the use of eportfolios
  12. 12. Plans for maintaining the ePCoP What next? The resources will continue to be hosted at Cloudworks JISC infonet will host some of the resources http://jiscinfonet.ac.uk/JISCINFONET
  13. 13. Thank you for listening Sarah Chesney Email sarahchesney@me.com Freelance consultant