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E p cop

  1. 1. E-portfolio Community of Practice Funded under the JISC Lifelong Learning & Workforce Development Programme<br />Led by University of Wolverhampton<br />Project Manager: Alison Felce<br />Project Officer: Sarah Chesney, Freelance Consultant<br />Duration: Sep 10 – March 11<br />
  2. 2. Led by the University of Wolverhampton and the ePPSME project <br />The aims of the ePPSME project were to develop an e-portfolio based pedagogy for work-based learners in small to medium sized enterprises.<br />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.<br />Background<br />
  3. 3. Decided to use as open a platform as possible<br />1. for minimum administration<br />2. to encourage as wide an audience as possible<br />3. so that at a future date visitors could use (and maybe contribute to) the resources once funding had ended.<br />So we used Cloudworks<br />Strategies to create the ePCoP<br />
  4. 4. Invited specific JISC projects/expert practitioners to share their learning via Cloudworks (six in total)<br />Wide publicity through existing communities with similar interests<br />Invited specific experts with experience to lead asynchronous activities for a time limited period <br />Strategies to create the ePCoP<br />
  5. 5. Developed at the Open University with funding from JISC.<br />Resources & discussions can be viewed by anyone<br />Anyone can have an account.<br />Comments are checked (not ‘moderated’)<br />Spam Catcher Molom<br />Not a repository but can embed files from elsewhere<br />Some facts about Cloudworks<br />
  6. 6. Cloudworks urlhttp://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/2201<br />But beyond this because Cloudworks doesn’t allow you to upload files we used the project Wordpress site urlhttp://epcop.wordpress.com to host all our own generated content<br />Flickr for images urlhttp://www.flickr.com<br />Slideshare for Powerpoints urlhttp://www.slideshare.net/ because these files can be embedded in Cloudworks.<br />Tools to sustain the ePCoP<br />
  7. 7. Cacoo to draw a visual concept of learning design<br />urlhttp://cacoo.com/<br />Finally PB works – not used as intended.<br />Tools to sustain the ePCoP<br />
  8. 8. Specifically our section of Cloudworks:<br />Jan11-March 11 six activities led by practitioners associated with e-portfolios & communities of practice<br />Total of 1500 views (from different IP addresses)<br />Most visitors came directly to the Cloudscape (browser bookmarks, email links etc )<br />Second Netvibesand third a Google search.<br />48 followers from across the globe<br />31 opted to be ‘attendees’<br />Some more facts about Cloudworks<br />
  9. 9. What is engagement?<br />Use of other tools e.g. Elluminate produced some additional engagers (who otherwise didn’t add to the Cloudworks discussions)<br />Engagement<br />
  10. 10. We knew we were getting a large number of views but not many were joining in the discussions.<br />We had some inappropriate postings (nothing too bad but not in the spirit of the community)<br />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!)<br />Timing of the community – is there ever a right time?<br />Challenges<br />
  11. 11. Simply put if the ePCoP is to continue we need an agreed set of aims. Australian VET ePCoP has these aims:<br />Provide assistance in embedding eportfolios<br />Disseminate information about the process of building eportfolios<br />Mentor new users in the use of eportfolios<br />What next?<br />
  12. 12. What next? <br />The resources will continue to be hosted at Cloudworks<br />JISC infonet will host some of the resources<br />http://jiscinfonet.ac.uk/JISCINFONET<br />Plans for maintaining the ePCoP<br />
  13. 13. Sarah Chesney<br />Email sarahchesney@me.com<br />Freelance consultant<br />Thank you for listening<br />

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