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ICL08: Bisovsky & Schaffert: E-Portfolio & Adult Education

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Slides to our paper: Bisovsky, Gerhard & Schaffert, Sandra (2008). Learning and teaching with E-Portfolios: Experiences in and Challenges for Adult Education. Full paper in the Proceedings of the …

Slides to our paper: Bisovsky, Gerhard & Schaffert, Sandra (2008). Learning and teaching with E-Portfolios: Experiences in and Challenges for Adult Education. Full paper in the Proceedings of the Interactive Computer Aided Learning Conference (ICL) in Villach (24-26 September 2008)

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  • 1. Learning and teaching with E-Portfolios: Experiences in and Challenges for Adult Education presented at the ICL Conference, 24 th September 2008 by Dr. Gerhard Bisovsky, Die Wiener Volkshochschulen GmbH, Austria & Dr. Sandra Schaffert, Salzburg Research, Austria
  • 2. E-portfolio in schools and universities … … nearly everything is said ;-) http://www.flickr.com/photos/wadefromoklahoma/2330247929/
  • 3. … but what‘s about e-portfolio work in adult education? http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidroethler/2295975258 /
  • 4. Agenda
    • What‘s adult education and what‘s special about it?
    • What do we know about teacher (tutor) competences, needed to work with e-portfolios?
    • How did we identify needed competencies for adult educators working with e-portfolios?
    • So … what’s new, what’s next?
  • 5. What‘s adult education … and what‘s so special about it?
  • 6. Adult education
    • “ all forms of learning undertaken by adults after having left initial education and training, however far this process may have gone” (European Commission 2006)
  • 7. Projects and initiatives dealing with (e-) portfolios in adult education
    • the European Language Portfolio
    • A project with women after their family phase at the Open University UK ( Herman & Kirkup 2006)
    • the German ProfilPass initiative and instruments (DIE et al 2006)
    • the Austrian project “Du kannst was” (Bauer 2007)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/21706937@N04/2105881550/
  • 8. Advertisement for the ProfilPASS: „ You know more than you think.“ http://www.profilpass-online.de/
  • 9. e-portfolio in adult education
    • Deals with the stengthening of self organised learning activities
    • Is often dealing with the idea to identify or assess informal learning activities
    • Is often used for non-employed persons
    • Can give sense to low educated people
  • 10. What do we know about teacher (tutor) competences, needed to work with e-portfolios?
  • 11. Is technical competence important? Equipment used to capture evidence for an ePortfolio by JISC http://www.flickr.com/photos/rscnorthwest/2755824087/
  • 12. Teacher in schools, using e-portfolio should be able to …
    • “ provide technical support,
    • organize the contexts and communities of learning,
    • formulate organisational objectives,
    • facilitate the structure of portfolio contents,
    • facilitate reflection,
    • guide and monitor the students advancement through the integral cycle of investigative learning,
    • help in the evidence of competences,
    • support planning,
    • interact an conduct conversation with the students,
    • plan an assess the overall process“ (Attwell 1997)
  • 13. But …
    • What makes a good e-portfolio teacher in adult education?
  • 14. Some hypothesis …
    • As a teacher/tutor working [with e-portfolio] in adult education
      • You deal with adults who pay for the course and expect success
      • You deal more often with motivated people
      • You have to do with people with minor experiences in using computer and internet
      • Informal learning plays an important role in adult learning
      • Adult learners have different experiences and backgrounds (learning, occupation, daily life, …)
      • The learner‘s abilities to work with self organised learning methods could, but have not to be better
  • 15. How did we identify needed competencies for adult educators working with e-portfolios?
  • 16. Institutional background
    • Adult Education Centres in Vienna
    • Die Wiener Volkshochschulen GmbH (a non profit limited liability corporation)
    • Programme oriented towards the European Key Competences for Lifelong Learning
    • Dezentralisation & centralisation
    • 18 centres & 4 competence centres
      • Languages
      • Migration
      • Active citizenship
      • Learning with the media of the information society
  • 17. Concept of our study
    • Bottom-up view, what do teachers need?
    • 4 experts from the adult education centres [experienced (e-) portfolio trainers]
    • 1 ICT-Teacher, 3 Language Teachers
    • 3 female, 1 male, 40 +
    • Focused interviews, transcripts
    • Arrangement of the listed, explained and emphasised competences and abilities according to the UK-FENTO standards ( http://www.aptt.freeuk.com/articles/FENTO991.pdf )
  • 18. Key areas (FENTO Standard)
  • 19. Arrangements
    • Knowledge
    • Skills
      • Didactical skills
      • Social skills
      • Reflective skills
    • Attitudes
  • 20. E-Portfolio related knowledge , skills, attributes
    • To guarantee standards
    • Learners types
    • Learning styles
    • Learning techniques
    • Providing institution: community, culture
  • 21. E-Portfolio related knowledge , skills , attributes
    • Didactical skills
      • Learning guidance, supporting learners
      • Imparting learning goals and objectives
      • Beginners situations, final situations
      • Transparency
      • Feedback in time, online feedback
      • Evaluation of learners‘ competences
      • Monitoring tuition, mentoring teachers
  • 22. E-Portfolio related knowledge , skills , attributes
    • Social skills
      • Communication, rhetorics
      • Conflict management
      • Moderation techniques
      • Organisational competences
      • Time management
      • Team competence
      • Coaching learners
      • Leading groups
      • Evaluation of learning in a sensible way
      • Coping with emotions
  • 23. E-Portfolio related knowledge , skills , attributes
    • Reflective skills
      • Learning by doing
      • To reflect and to change
      • Own role, boundaries between teachers and learners
      • Coping with differences
      • Openess for corrections and self-critics
  • 24. E-Portfolio related knowledge, skills, attributes
    • To appreciate learners
    • To like people and his/her learners
    • To live authentically what has to be taught
    • Treat people respectfully
    • Encourage the self-esteem
    • To estimate learning
  • 25. Conclusions, findings – Teachers‘ views and needs
    • Experts knowledge as a basis for professional teaching
    • Technical questions and competences as a matter of course
    • Didactical and methodological competences
    • Personel and social skills, attitudes
    • The work with the [e-] portfolio is an attribute, it is an appreciation of learners.
  • 26. So … what’s new, what’s next?
  • 27. Expectations towards teacher training
    • Possibilites for exchange
    • To enable reflection
    • Professional mentoring
    • E-Portfolios as a tool for professional development
  • 28. Next steps …
    • Investigation on the use of e-portfolios in adult education/adults‘ learning
    • Modifying the MOSEP tutorials to requirements of adult education
    • Strategic developments and planning
  • 29. Institutional strategies (Volkshochschule Wien) …
    • Bottom up: work out an e-portfolio model with teachers, clear commitments
    • Top down approach: e-portfolio model for the (pedagogical) staff, clear commitments
    • Modification of train the trainer courses: working with computers, internet and (e-) portfolios as an integral part
    • Strategic planning, professionalisation, standardisation (NQF) & diversity of learners and learning contexts
  • 30. Thank for your attention!
    • Dr. Gerhard Bisovsky
      • Die Wiener Volkshochschulen GmbH, Volkshochschule Meidling
      • Kompetenzzentrum „Lernen mit den Medien der Informationsgesellschaft“
      • Längenfeldgasse 13-15, 1120 Wien, Austria
      • [email_address]
    • Dr. Sandra Schaffert
      • Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft
      • Jakob Haringer Str. 5, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
      • [email_address]
  • 31. References
    • This presentation is based on our full paper: Bisovsky, Gerhard & Schaffert, Sandra (2008). Learning and teaching with E-Portfolios: Experiences in and Challenges for Adult Education. Full paper in the Proceedings of the Interactive Computer Aided Learning Conference (ICL) in Villach (24-26 September 2008) – a preliminary version is available via: http://sandra.schaffert.ws/?p=121
    • Attwell, Graham (1997): New roles for vocational education and training teachers and trainers in Europe: a new framework for their education. In: Journal of European Industrial Training. Vol. 21, Issue 6/7, p. 256-265.
    • Bauer, Fritz (2007): DU kannst was! In: Tagungsband Du kannst was: http://www.land-oberoesterreich.gv.at/cps/rde/xbcr/SID-F9C0D1F1-01532F3D/ooe/BI_EB_Tagungsberich2007.pdf (18.9.2008)
    • Commission of the European Communities (2006): Communication from the European Commission. Adult learning: It is never too late to learn, Brussels. URL: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri =COM:2006:0614:FIN:EN:PDF (2008-06-26)
    • Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung (DIE), Deutsches Institut für Internationale Pädagogische Forschung (DIPF), Institut für Entwicklungsplanung und Strukturforschung (IES) (2006): ProfilPASS – Gelernt ist gelernt. Bielefeld: Bertelsmann.
    • Herman, Clem & Kirkup, Gill (2006): Returning to work, working to return: using ePortfolios to increase women’s employability in gender segregated occupations. In: Proceedings of the Conference “eStrategies for empowering learners” of EIfEL (European Institute for E-Learning) Oxford, 11.-13.Oktober 2006.
    • This presentation is based on our full paper: Bisovsky, Gerhard & Schaffert, Sandra (2008). Learning and teaching with E-Portfolios: Experiences in and Challenges for Adult Education. Full paper in the Proceedings of the Interactive Computer Aided Learning Conference (ICL) in Villach (24-26 September 2008) – a preliminary version is available via: http://sandra.schaffert.ws/?p=121
    • Attwell, Graham (1997): New roles for vocational education and training teachers and trainers in Europe: a new framework for their education. In: Journal of European Industrial Training. Vol. 21, Issue 6/7, p. 256-265.
    • Bauer, Fritz (2007): DU kannst was! In: Tagungsband Du kannst was: http://www.land-oberoesterreich.gv.at/cps/rde/xbcr/SID-F9C0D1F1-01532F3D/ooe/BI_EB_Tagungsberich2007.pdf (18.9.2008)
    • Commission of the European Communities (2006): Communication from the European Commission. Adult learning: It is never too late to learn, Brussels. URL: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri =COM:2006:0614:FIN:EN:PDF (2008-06-26)
    • Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung (DIE), Deutsches Institut für Internationale Pädagogische Forschung (DIPF), Institut für Entwicklungsplanung und Strukturforschung (IES) (2006): ProfilPASS – Gelernt ist gelernt. Bielefeld: Bertelsmann.
    • Herman, Clem & Kirkup, Gill (2006): Returning to work, working to return: using ePortfolios to increase women’s employability in gender segregated occupations. In: Proceedings of the Conference “eStrategies for empowering learners” of EIfEL (European Institute for E-Learning) Oxford, 11.-13.Oktober 2006.

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