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Comport Networking June08

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ComPort presentation for JISC on-line networking event

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  • 1. ComPort - piloting e-portfolios in Tyne & Wear
  • 2. The Project Focus
    • ComPort
    • A collaborative project involving originally four (now three) FE Colleges in North-East England
    • Piloting the introduction of different e-portfolio systems within HE in FE programmes with work-based learning components.
    • Establishing a standard framework of metrics to collect data consistently
    • Other key outputs: evaluation report, case studies
  • 3. Focus of Project
    • Outcomes
    • Com parison of the use of e- port folios across different courses and institutions
    • Gain knowledge that will help the HE in FE community make choices about the implementation of e-portfolio/PDP technologies with work-based learners
    • Gain insight into how e-portfolios may influence the way work-based learners, tutors and institutions work.
  • 4. Project Strands
    • Colleges and Technologies
    • City of Sunderland College : Blackboard and PDAs
    • Gateshead College : ePET
    • South Tyneside College : Blackboard
    • Fourth Strand: As Tyne Metropolitan College had to withdraw from the project, a fourth comparative strand was added looking at existing use of web 2.0 technologies by learners
  • 5. City of Sunderland College
    • Foundation Degree in Service Management
    • A programme now in its second year, year 2 learners participating in pilot
    • Learners (mainly school administrators) are issued with PDAs for collecting evidence
    • Use of Blackboard as a means of collecting evidence and reflecting
    • The learners have used templates to create an e-Portfolio with Action Plans and reflections comprising major part.
    • (familiar with paper-based version from year 1 for PDP aspect of course).
    • Students have varied from template where necessary.
  • 6. Gateshead College
    • Certificate in Education/PGCE
    • A large number of first and second year trainee teachers
    • Many of the trainees are college employees
    • Using a customised version of ePET (support by University of Newcastle EPICS team)
    • Both a reflection tool (Learning Autobiography) and Professional Development file – log of teaching, tutorial records, action plans,
  • 7. South Tyneside College
    • Foundation Degree in Marine Engineering
    • A new programme with a small initial group of learners.
    • Learners spend part of their course on duty ‘at sea’ : a need to maintain contact and support learning.
    • Blackboard being used – in particular to support reflective blogging.
    • The Professional Development Planning component has been a new departure for students and tutors.
  • 8. Comparative Study
    • Foundation Degree Popular Music/Music technology:
    • Investigating what students are already using
    • Provides contrast to the institutional systems being piloted in other parts of project
    • Involves interviews and review groups with staff/students
    • Feeds into project evaluation and other outputs
  • 9. Progress report
    • Planning, pre-implementation phases .
      • Preparatory activities in each institution (technology installation, staff development, learner induction).
    • Implementation: technology introduced and used by learners.
    • Evaluation: framework of metrics established, experts consulted - evaluation data being generated.
  • 10. Expectations and Initial Concerns
    • Variety of views on what an e-portfolio is
    • Reflection Tool? Storage System? Both? More?
    • Can we address all stakeholder needs?
    • “ It should eventually be possible for an individual to build this personal electronic record through education and carry on using it in the workplace and lifelong learning.” (Harnessing Technology DfeS 2005)
  • 11. Conceptions of Electronic Portfolios
    • Reflection Tool? Storage System? Both? More?
    • System that allows gathering of information - evidence of learning. Also can be used to disseminate information and experiences to peers. Enables monitoring of progress.
    • A replacement for paper based things
    • An accessible way to communicate / share ideas with fellow course members. Informal way to blog and chat with friends. A site to assist with communication between tutor and student as well as complete assignments.
    • It's a bit like facebook, but for serious work/college related stuff
    • Not bothered either way as long as it works
    • To help with personal reflection, build an 'e-identity', and compile a database of my skills. Oh, it saves destroying a rainforest of paper too.
  • 12. Initial Learner Views     How regularly do you think that you will use the e-Portfolio/PDP system? Every few days 9% Weekly 52% Fortnightly 13% Don't know 26% Who of these would you grant access to? Personal Tutor   96% Other teaching staff   39% Mentor   70% Selected Student colleagues   70% Employers 13%
  • 13. Will People Blog?
  • 14. Emerging Themes & Issues
  • 15. Emerging Themes & Issues
  • 16. Experiences and emerging issues
    • Where are we?
    • Evaluation activities
    • Bringing findings together: discussion and debate
    • Consideration for own plans for next year
    • Project website & contact details:
      • http://comport.gateshead.ac.uk
      • Phil Robinson ( [email_address] )
      • Andrew Robson ( [email_address] )