an open learning experience to explore -eportfolios for:
VET practitioners developing a professional e-portfolio to support their CPD needs
(eg industry and professional currency)
E-portfolio community of practice members collaboratively designed and developed the learnspace where all the 'self-directed' learning could take place.
Together we developed a Ning site for the participants to communicate on a regular basis, send in their progress reports, collect news and invitations to the webinars.
Registrations were opened a month prior to launch in August and by first week we had over 300 registrations. Most of these also joined the Ning community.
Current numbers: registrations 359 community members 229
We used our Australia e-Series Blackboard Collaborate virtual classroom for weekly webinars. These were held at two alternate times to suit participants from all over the world and to provide insight into the What, Why, Where, How, So What, Now What and Then What of building and maintaining e-portfolios.
A group of challenge mentors volunteered to facilitate a series of webinars on the specific use of Web 2.0 tools to enhance e-portfolio content.
Current numbers: 20 webinars delivered - recordings are listed here.
The MOOC was built on the idea of missions and quests and badges to be achieved at each level in a self-managed way. Communications were enhanced by the introduction of MOOC SCOOPs the weekly newsletter; and several web 2.0 tools were used to create engaging content e.g. Radio Epcop was built from voice recordings and published in the learnspace. The MOOCers themselves came up with innovative approaches such as; MOOCmen and MOOCmaids (even an eportfolio each); The EpCoP Case investigated by Detective Ryan Peterovski in a series of 'film noir' vignettes displayed on his blog.
All participants were encouraged to maintain a blog throughout the 8 weeks of the MOOC to reflect on their learning and notify on the progress of their e-portfolio, displaying their achievements badges where relevant. All the blog contributions were aggregated into a NetVibes page for ease of access.
The Design Team also reflected on the progress of the MOOC in a separate blog to keep the reference group informed of MOOC achievements.
Stories from the MOOCers:
Individual feedback has been enlightening and gratifying, to say the least, these have mostly been in the Ning community or private emails to the team. However we are now encouraging final feedback through the use of Voicethread by the EpCoP MOOC survivors.
All involved with this MOOC have learned how to be self-directed learners, open their minds to other tools, consider the importance of the e-portfolio as the centrepiece for their personal web presence and create an e-portfolio structure that will see them through their lifelong learning journey, well at least for the immediate future.
We believe that this approach to learning about e-portfolios has been beneficial to educators, students and practitioners alike. Something new has been learned by all. We have also managed to capture and maintain the interest of the MOOCers with a team of facilitators and mentors - some troughs and peaks in communications of course - but overall we have created a community. Participants can also choose to join the Facebook group for the EpCoP and the Out of Practice Facebook group. They are all encouraged to remain members of the parent community - the EpCoP.
We have offered a wealth of support and alternative ways of connecting using a twitter stream for #epcop, a Skypers group, a Linked-In group and a Google+ hangout. These streams have emerged from within the MOOC community as self-directed learning strategies.
A comprehensive Resource Kit has also been developed and will continue to grow as a useful store of articles, websites, documentation and blog posts on e-portfolios.
Project manager: Allison Miller, Business Manager E-portfolios, Framework
Design team: Carole McCulloch, Junita Lyon, Sandra Stewart and Pauline Wilson
Challenge mentors: Helen Doyle, Penny Bentley, Pam Ridd, Simon Pankhurst, Christine Dix, Gayle Webster, Mutuota Kigotho, Fiona Ross, Ian Hall, and Manjit Bhamral
359 E-portfolio enthusiasts.