Upcoming Eportfolio Events

E-portfolios for Learner Pathways

posted Jun 20, 2012, 3:13 AM by Coach Carole

Today marks the launch of a new website for the E-Portfolios for Learner Pathways business activity of the National VET E-learning Strategy.

With an emphasis on practical resources, the website is the primary dissemination channel for project outputs such as:

·         Reports derived from targeted research to support the notion of lifelong learning within the Australian vocational education and training (VET) context

·         A series of e-portfolio case studies, captured through funded trials, which document effective practice in the implementation and use of e-portfolio applications.

“The new website offers the project an online space in which to disseminate all resources that have been developed since 2009,” says E-portfolios for Learner Pathways Business Manager Alex Hawker.

“For the first time all project outputs will be easily accessible as they emerge,” says Alex.

The website will also provide a home for the new VET E-portfolio Roadmap.

The E-portfolios For Learner Pathways business activity is funded by the National VET E-learning Strategy.

Through targeted research, the activity is demonstrating how e-portfolio tools support entry into training, progression through learning pathways and transition to higher level courses and employment.

For more information, please visit the E-portfolios for Learner Pathways business activity website.

ePortfolios Australia Conference 2012

posted May 31, 2012, 12:06 AM by Coach Carole   [ updated May 31, 2012, 12:07 AM ]

Meeting expectations – Achieving goals

27-28 September 2012
Australian Catholic University, North Sydney

Following on from the success of the two previous ePortfolios Australia ConferencesePortfolios Australia Conference 2012 (EAC2012) will showcase the diversity of eportfolio practice in Australia and beyond by bringing together national and international speakers from all levels of education as well as from professional associations and industry areas.

Themed ‘Meeting Expectations – Achieving Goals’, EAC2012 will focus on effective eportfolio practice for:

  • evidencing learning and professional standards;
  • supporting quality assessment; and
  • helping individuals achieve their goals.

A call for presentations for EAC2012 has been announced.


posted Apr 3, 2012, 4:50 PM by Coach Carole

AAEEBL Annual Conference 2012 Banner

10 Great Reasons to Attend the AAEEBL 2012 Annual Conference

Based on feedback from last year’s conference participants, here are some ideas about what you can expect to gain from joining AAEEBL in Boston, July 16-19 at the Boston Harbor Hotel and World Trade Center.

  1. You’ll find a “strong focus on integrative learning” with emphasis on “frameworks for reflection.”
  2. “Highlights were sessions on collaboration and reflection.”
  3. “The conference and connections I made lifted my spirits and gave me new directions… onward and upward!”
  4. Learn how to “get faculty to participate in eportfolio initiative” with “faculty development ideas.”
  5. Find out “key things to look for in an eportfolio program.” (“We will now be able to fine-tune our eportfolio rollout.”)
  6. “Great keynote speakers!”
  7. “This conference was inspirational and helpful to me in practical ways.”
  8. Stay up-to-date with “developing an eportfolio scholarly research agenda.”
  9. “I can participate in a pilot of eportfolios in a more informed way.”
  10. “Helpful focus on learning outcomes and assessment”

Also, we’ve been told that the AAEEBL Annual Conference is an essential conference to attend if you’re using eportfolios.  It’s one of the best chances each year to gather with colleagues from around the world who use eportfolios and to share with and learn from each other.  We’ve added new features to this year’s conference that will provide more opportunities for interactivity in session, for conversations and for networking. 

The conference landing page is updated regularly as new information is available.  Please check in often.

Register now to take advantage of early bird savings.

See you in Boston! Contact:

E-portfolios in Focus!

posted Mar 29, 2012, 5:37 PM by Coach Carole   [ updated Apr 3, 2012, 4:51 PM ]


The Australia e-Series is proud to announce that Allison Miller will present a webinar about the upcoming ePortfolios Australia Conference in our eT@lking session on

Wednesday 4th April at 8-9 pm AEST.

Another month of e-portfolio webinars coming up. The Australia e-Series is seeking interested participants and presenters for the following dates and themes in May.

  • May 2 ”Collecting for your Memory Box” – clever ways to start collecting your repository of artifacts
  • May 9 “Preparing your e-portfolio” – innovative ways to planning and building your ‘memory box’
  • May 16 “Presenting your achievements” – initiatives in using e-portfolio tools to showcase your lifelong learning
  • May 23 “Implementing pathways” – strategies for providing pathways to further study with e-portfolios


2011 E-portfolios Implementation Trials: Trial Leaders sharing experiences

posted May 26, 2011, 7:14 PM by Coach Carole   [ updated May 26, 2011, 7:26 PM ]

June 24 at 12.30 pm (EST) at the Australia Series Elluminate room.

VET E-portfolios Community of Practice June Event (EpCop) 

No need to register, just come along and listen to Ken Johnson and Ray Tuckey talk about their experiences in using the PebblePad and Mahara Eportfolios systems in their organisations.

If you did wish to register, in case you cannot attend, please go to the LearnCentral calendar events.The recording link can then be sent to you from there.

Media Release:

The 2011 E-portfolios Implementation Trials have provided funding  of up to $9,000 (plus in kind co-funding from each organisation) to two training organisations to investigate and identify the features of an e-portfolio system which supports workforce development requirements, and/or improves learner participation.  The Two Trial Leaders will share their experiences of these trials.

Ken Johnson from Victoria University, Victoria will share his experiences about the Scaffolding VCAL learners with e-portfoliosEIT trial which investigated how thePebblePad e-portfolio system an innovative approach to integrated delivery for the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). The aim is for the e-portfolio to help learners beyond the VCAL program

Ray Tuckey from Great Southern Institute of Technology, Western Australia will share his experiences about E-portfolios for Trainers – where trainers have been support to develop their own e-portfolio as part of their Cert IV in TAE to help them continue their lifelong learning using the Mahara e-portfolio system.

The 2011 EITs follow on from the 2009-2010 EITs, from which a paper written for the 2011 AVETRA conference entitled:Supporting Successful Learning Pathways Using E-Portfolios and Mobile Devices:, and a blended, interactive webinar for EpCop and eGems ( on 23 May called Strategies for implementing e-portfolios: 2009 EIT:  2010 EIT:

Collaborative Strategies for Eportfolios

posted Feb 15, 2011, 8:11 PM by Coach Carole   [ updated Feb 28, 2011, 6:19 PM ]

Meeting # 6:

Collaborative strategies for developing resources for effective learning outcomes using e-portfolios
Eportfolios for Indigenous Educators (ePIE)

Join our presenters  for their ePIE project presentation:

Alicia Boyle
School of Social and Policy Research and Social Partnerships in Learning
Research Consortium, Charles Darwin University
David Morgan
The Worklab
  • setting the scene and drivers for change
  • project management and ePIE design
  • supporting RPL with ePIE
  • putting ePIE to work
  • 2010/2011 responses
  • looking forward
Tuesday March 1 at 12 noon AEDT at:


The EpCoP is fortunate to have been given an opportunity to trial the newest eportfolio system on the block - Digication. We will be offering TEN trial accounts to the first ten practitioners who express an interest - you will need to be present at our Meeting #6 - so plan to be there early on March 1st.

If you would like to learn more about Digication find out here:

Recording of Mar 01 event here

PD strategies for Eportfolios

posted Jan 18, 2011, 2:37 PM by Coach Carole   [ updated Jan 30, 2011, 9:58 PM ]

Meeting #5: PD strategies for EP: is scheduled for February 1st at 12 noon GMT +10.

You can register for this event at LearnCentral (see below) or join us on the day at:

  • What strategies would you choose to help others get started with eportfolios?
  • How would you structure a short course in eportfolios?
  • What are the best methods of doing all of this online?
  • What resources would you recommend?

Please join us to discuss, we value your opinions and ideas.

Also a chance to help develop the EpCoP blog for 2011 and help promote the EpCoP events for Feb - June.

Hazel Owen and Bronwyn Hegarty from NZ are attending, will you?

EpCoP @ Global Education Conference

posted Nov 1, 2010, 6:52 PM by Coach Carole

Carole will present about Australian eportfolio practices to an international audience in the upcoming FREE Global Education Conference managed by Steve Hargadon; sponsored by Elluminate, LearnCentral,

November 16 at 11:00 am AEDT
Eportfolio Communities of Practice
details here:

Join this session to reflect and connect.The Australian Model: Building a community of practice for conversations, sharing experiences and provision of examples of the implementation of eportfolios in Australian Adult Education as: tools of reflective practice; measures of employability; artefacts of achievements and recognition of prior learning; digital footprints of lifelong learning. Participants will be able to network with eportfolio practitioners and gain an overview of global eportfolio practice.

The Global Education Conference is affiliated with a vast array of partners, details here:

EpCoP Meeting #4

posted Oct 30, 2010, 12:26 AM by Coach Carole

Eportfolio Implementation Trials 2010

Three presenters and three Eportfolio System Trials

1. Bec James-Mobbs

RDNS (SA) Education Centre
Implementation Trial: “e-portfolio for nursing students”

Aspart of an E-portfolios Implementation Trial, PebblePad was introduced to 23 finishing Diploma of Nursing students at RDNS. The aim of the trial was to identify factors that supported the use of an e-portfolio system in mainstreaming the learner’s ability to move easily between education sectors and areas of industry.

The trials success relied on the students’ ability to adapt to the new technology while completing a compressed Nursing program based on theoretical study and clinical placements running concurrently.

2. Ann Hardingham

e-Pathways – Centre for Adult Education (CAE),

The primary focus of the CAE trial has been to investigation the impact of e-learning on the personal development of disengaged young people, through the introduction, creation and maintenance of an e-portfolio, as an alternative
system of developing and tracking individual learner plans (ILP).

This presentation will focus on the:

  • Origin: The needs of disengaged, at-risk learner cohort  
  • Process: Integration of the Individual learning plans (ILP) into e-portfolio
  • Application: Implementation of e-portfolio software - Mahara & ILP

3. Angela Garbin

Mahara and regional RPL – Polytechnic West, Western Australia

EpCoP Meeting #3

posted Sep 12, 2010, 3:21 PM by Coach Carole   [ updated Oct 28, 2010, 7:18 PM ]

Eportfolio functionality

October 29: speaker Don Presant, and Linda Maxwell, Manitoba, Canada

*Career Portfolio Manitoba*
Career Portfolio Manitoba is a pilot project whose vision is to use
Essential Skills developed through all forms of learning as a key
framework for helping Manitobans build ePortfolios for employability.
The blended learning solution is based on a robust paper portfolio
program which has been successfully delivered in various forms for two
years.Time: 10 am GMT+11 (fixed local times here)

Register for this event at:

Recording link: 

Advance notice: November 30: Eportfolio implementation - presenters from the Eportfolio 2010 trials.

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