Creating spaces for students to demonstrate competencies in their profession
Creating ePortfolios at PacificTAFE at The University of the
SouthPacific- creating spaces for students to demonstrate
competencies intheir profession
IreneYee Chief, Mojito Jione and
The mission of PacificTAFE (PacificTechnical and Further Education),
The University of the South Pacific (USP) provides high quality Skills
Based Qualifications (SBQ’s), Foundation and Preliminary studies.
This presentation will focus on Skill Based Qualifications in one
programme: Certificate IV in Hospitality Operations. The
programme has 8 courses and we will be focusing on CE48-Hospitality
Workplace Practicum, the culminating practicum.
COMPETENCY BASED EDUCATION
Competency-based assessment (or CBA) involves 'the gathering
and judging of evidence in order to decide whether a person has
achieved a standard of competence'. Assessors work with the candidate
to collect a range of evidence using the appropriate nationally endorsed
industry competency standards as benchmarks (TAFE, New South
provides the space for learners to apply, analyze, evaluate and create
Collaborative partnership -Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL) + Pacific
Awarded a Research Grant at USP
Creating digital components and gathering technology tools to enable final year
students to complete their practicum across the Fiji Islands.
600 hours within 6 month period to assess their knowledge and
competencies for learners
The process is built on the existing logbook + staff of PacificTAFE
STRATEGIC PLAN USP
The focus was on the following priorities
Priority 5: Regional and Community Development
Objective 18: to extend the reach at USP through the inclusion of other countries
Objective 19: strengthen and expand communications and partnerships with
stakeholders in government, CROP agencies, industry media, non state actors and the
Priority Area 1: Learning andTeaching
Transform USP’s pedagogy and curriculum, -accelerate staff development and
effective application of new pedagogies and technologies
With this grant, we will look at development at two levels:
Creating digital and format for mobility(Roberts, P., Maor, D., & Herrington, J.(2016)
at the course and programme level
Why ePortfolios are relevant for Pacific Islanders?Why create
Pragmatic approach- 12 countries (and 14 campuses) across the
ECONOMIES OF SCALE
Map of The University of the South Pacific region
WHY USE EPORTFOLIOS?
Pacific islanders travel for better opportunities
The use of the ePortfolio will provide a multi-media CETH48 of their
skills and knowledge in the global market.
EPORTFOLIOS- WHY- CONTINUE
Creativity- evolving, also space for reflection (Schon,1983)
Sharing- Allowing learners to share with one another, in the virtual
space or face to face.
Demonstrate wider abilities (Cameron, 2012)
Alignment of industry with the university( USP)- to strengthen
opportunities for employability.
THEN AND NOW
Worked from a Face to face traditional offer, CETH48: Hospitality
It utilizes a print based log
Restrictive in that the programme is more geographically bound and
restrictive by travelling cost.
Access for students across the USP region. Mahara is incorporated/
embedded into the present Learning Management System (Moodle at
The provision of a USP Mahara Guide was built for adult learners as
some customization of Moodle had to be explained.
The creation of an ePortfolio guide for learners.
Creation of aToolkit so that learners in the course are able to use
technology to create their artifacts to demonstrate evidence.
Incorporate a variety of digital media for assessment and evidence of achievement
aginst industry competency standards (Moran,Vozzo, Reid, Pietsch & Hatton, 2013)
ALIGNMENT OF COMPETENCIES COMPLETED FOR CERTIFICATE IV IN
HOSPITALITY OPERATIONS PROGRAMME
Train for trainers (TOT) [validity and reliability]
Student training to use ePortfolio (is in progress)
At the institutional level
Translate this creation/practice across the USP region
Certificate IV in Hospitality Operations across the USP
PacificTAFE is planning to adopting this model across its
Enable PacificTAFE to work closely with industries and to have
closer alignment in workforce development.
Research into our practices in the USP region and fulfilling our strategic
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