ePortfolios in Professional Practice - The Use of PebblePad by Professional Associations


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ePortfolios in Professional Practice - The Use of PebblePad by Professional Associations

  1. 1. The use of PebblePad by professional associations Alison Poot Shane Sutherland Colin Dalziel Lee Davies
  2. 2. “A growing number of professional associations are utilising the ePortfolio process to provide evidence of the attainment of professional standards ..... or for current members to demonstrate active and ongoing professional development to facilitate their reaccreditation as a professional.” (AeP, 2009).
  3. 3.  Institute for Learning  Institute of Payroll Professionals  Chartered Society of Physiotherapists  Society of Chirpodists & Podiatrists  Faculty of General Dental Practice
  4. 4. “..... the professional body for teachers, tutors, trainers and student teachers in the further education (FE) and skills sector, including adult and community learning, emergency and public services, FE colleges, the armed services, sixth- form colleges, the voluntary and community sector and work-based learning.” (IfL, 2009)
  5. 5.  Formed in 2002  Government legislation introduced: - Teacher Registration = Professional Formation (a) Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills (QTLS) (b) Associate Teacher Learning & Skills (ATLS) - Membership of IfL required - 30 hours of CPD annually  Now more than 200,000 members across UK
  6. 6. Key considerations:  Improving the ICT competence of members  Wanting members to manage their own PD and reflect on their own development
  7. 7.  Have you undertaken professional development activities this year?  Have you reflected on the learning you have gained from these activities?  Have the activities and the reflection made a difference to how you teach or train?  Can you show evidence of this difference and the impact it has made to learners, colleagues or the organisation in which you work?
  8. 8.  Evidence of qualifications  Evidence of L2 literacy and numeracy  Narratives (with evidence): - teaching biography - subject currency - teaching and learning - self evaluation - development planning - reflective practice ....... suited to a Webfolio
  9. 9.  Professional Formation  Recording CPD  Submitting CPD log to IfL[105,000 users]
  10. 10. How does the IfL meet legislative requirements around CPD without compromising the privacy of the user’s personal space?  Amount of PD  Type of PD
  11. 11.  REfLECT remains totally independent & private - user controls what is sent to the IfL  ‘Number crunching’ occurs within the IfL membership database and not in REfLECT - relies upon self-report  CPD is defined very broadly - members use professional judgement to determine what is appropriate and significant PD
  12. 12.  2008 – 2009 PD year - 180,311 members at end May 2009 - 51% (82,000) used REfLECT to record CPD - 20% declared using REfLECT  72% - fair to excellent tool for doing this  79% - fair to excellent layout and design  76% - fair to excellent accessibility
  13. 13. “On the whole, those members who used REfLECT had the most substantial evidence in terms of discussing their reasons for undertaking an activity, what they had gained from it and the impact it had on their practice and their learners.” Caroline Harvey, IfL reviewer, (IfL, 2009)
  14. 14. “Yes – make as much use of REfLECT as you can. It will help you to formalise the process and therefore make it easy to declare your CPD. More important (for me anyway) it will help you to become critically reflective and rather than a learning circle it is a learning spiral as it is so easy to go back to past reflections and update them as you make more progress and development. It is also so easy to make links with different assets that are particularly related and thus you are not repeating what you have already done.” Senior Teacher, Private Work-Based Learning Provider, (IfL,2010)
  15. 15.  IfL Website – REfLECT: http://www.ifl.ac.uk/cpd/reflect  IfL Case Studies: http://www.ifl.ac.uk/cpd/case- studies/cpd-case-studies  IfL (2009) Review of CPD 2008-09: http://www.ifl.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/ 13970/2008-09IfLReviewofCPD.pdf  IfL (2010) Supporting the Workforce Project final report – 31 March 2010: http://www.ifl.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/ 13970/2008-09IfLReviewofCPD.pdf