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Description of the creation and launch of In-Folio, an Open Source e-portfolio tool designed to be usable by disabled and non-disabled learners alike. It is possible to upload and arrange multimedia ...

Description of the creation and launch of In-Folio, an Open Source e-portfolio tool designed to be usable by disabled and non-disabled learners alike. It is possible to upload and arrange multimedia items and to access the portfolio continually through one's life, rather than simply while at a particular institution.

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  • In-Folio: An Open Source Portfolio for students with learning disabilities Download this presentation http://slideshare.net/simonjball Dr Simon Ball JISC TechDis [email_address] 12/07/10
  • JISC TechDis www.techdis.ac.uk Funded to increase accessibility and inclusion through technology in UK post-compulsory education. Work in many areas from guidance for teachers on using MS Word more accessibly, or using podcasts or video; to guidance for university managers on policy and strategy for inclusion. 12/07/10
  • The need In 2007 JISC TechDis launched the second round of the LSC Innovation Fund. Independent Specialist Colleges (‘disability’-related colleges) could bid for funding to address a need relating to technology. Several colleges submitted bids relating to e-portfolio technologies, to allow students to record work and achievements, as well as keeping useful information in one place. 12/07/10
  • The State of the Art Current products were evaluated by the Rix Centre both for their accessibility, and their suitability for students with disabilities, including learning disabilities. Two systems were shortlisted and were evaluated by the colleges, but were found to be either not sufficiently accessible to assistive technologies, or too complex for users with learning disabilities. 12/07/10
  • The inception of In-Folio The colleges decided to build their own system, build around the Open Source ELGG framework ( http://elgg.org ) In-Folio is designed to be usable by all learners, disabled or not, to allow simple login, upload and organisation of materials, and to be accessible from any location to allow learners to maintain their portfolio throughout their life. 12/07/10
  • Typical features Log-in is typical of the multiplicity of options: Text-based username and password log-in. OR Symbol log-in (users are presented with a range of symbols and have to select a sequence of them in order). OR Image log-in (users upload an image and create a password by selecting parts of the image in sequence). 12/07/10
  • Login image showing large text-entry box for username and a large green tick button to progress
  • Image showing a login picture, which the user has to select known parts of, in order, as a password.
  • In-Folio example showing the insertion of an image and its description
  • In-Folio example showing the tagging of images
  • In-Folio example showing the insertion of a video clip
  • In-Folio example showing the cataloguing, or filing, of images
  • In-Folio example showing linked images or concepts to relate one item to another
  • Launch and Pilots In-Folio was launched at the 2009 NATSPEC conference. 6 colleges piloted throughout 2009. Roadshows took In-Folio to all regions of the UK. Training materials hosted on In-Folio blog. 65% of colleges now using In-Folio (July 2010). 12/07/10
  • Image showing a selection of the login icons for different colleges on the In-Folio homepage 12/07/10
  • Next steps… Funding is being obtained to further develop In-Folio as a result of user feedback. Current developments include: Training materials for parents, to help learners maintain and develop their portfolio when away from school/college. User community and discussion boards. Learner progress application within In-Folio. Interest from Higher Education and Adult Learning. 12/07/10
  • User community and blog Hopefully I will be able to show you the website and user community at http://www.in-folio.org.uk/ but if it fails I have some screenshots…. 12/07/10
  • In-Folio homepage screenshot, showing three principal links – Blog, Login page, and Help 12/07/10
  • In-Folio screenshot showing the Blog homepage, featuring user videos, case studies and learning materials 12/07/10
  • In-Folio screenshot showing a case study of how and where it has been used 12/07/10
  • In-Folio screenshot showing a case study about one individual’s usage of the tool 12/07/10
  • In-Folio screenshot showing one case study usage 12/07/10
  • In-Folio screenshot showing a case study of its usage by an organisation employing disabled people 12/07/10

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  • In-Folio: An Open Source Portfolio for students with learning disabilities Download this presentation http://slideshare.net/simonjball Dr Simon Ball JISC TechDis [email_address]
  • JISC TechDis www.techdis.ac.uk
    • Funded to increase accessibility and inclusion through technology in UK post-compulsory education.
    • Work in many areas from guidance for teachers on using MS Word more accessibly, or using podcasts or video; to guidance for university managers on policy and strategy for inclusion.
  • The need
    • In 2007 JISC TechDis launched the second round of the LSC Innovation Fund.
    • Independent Specialist Colleges (‘disability’-related colleges) could bid for funding to address a need relating to technology.
    • Several colleges submitted bids relating to e-portfolio technologies, to allow students to record work and achievements, as well as keeping useful information in one place.
  • The State of the Art
    • Current products were evaluated by the Rix Centre both for their accessibility, and their suitability for students with disabilities, including learning disabilities.
    • Two systems were shortlisted and were evaluated by the colleges, but were found to be either not sufficiently accessible to assistive technologies, or too complex for users with learning disabilities.
  • The inception of In-Folio
    • The colleges decided to build their own system, build around the Open Source ELGG framework ( http://elgg.org )
    • In-Folio is designed to be usable by all learners, disabled or not, to allow simple login, upload and organisation of materials, and to be accessible from any location to allow learners to maintain their portfolio throughout their life.
  • Typical features
    • Log-in is typical of the multiplicity of options:
      • Text-based username and password log-in.
      • OR
      • Symbol log-in (users are presented with a range of symbols and have to select a sequence of them in order).
      • OR
      • Image log-in (users upload an image and create a password by selecting parts of the image in sequence).
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  • Launch and Pilots
    • In-Folio was launched at the 2009 NATSPEC conference.
    • 6 colleges piloted throughout 2009.
    • Roadshows took In-Folio to all regions of the UK.
    • Training materials hosted on In-Folio blog.
    • 65% of colleges now using In-Folio (July 2010).
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  • Next steps…
    • Funding is being obtained to further develop In-Folio as a result of user feedback.
    • Current developments include:
      • Training materials for parents, to help learners maintain and develop their portfolio when away from school/college.
      • User community and discussion boards.
      • Learner progress application within In-Folio.
    • Interest from Higher Education and Adult Learning.
  • User community and blog
    • Hopefully I will be able to show you the website and user community at http://www.in-folio.org.uk/ but if it fails I have some screenshots….
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