The AeP2 Symposium was held at Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove Campus on 9 – 10 February 2009.
Symposium theme: Establishing an ePortfolio community of practice
Findings from the research undertaken as part of the Australian ePortfolio Project revealed that there was a high level of interest in the use of ePortfolios in the context of higher education, particularly in terms of the potential to help students become reflective learners who are conscious of their personal and professional strengths and weaknesses, as well as to make their existing and developing skills more explicit. There are some good examples of early adoption in different institutions, although these tended to be distributed across the sector. This means that ePortfolio practice in Australian universities is currently fragmented.
The goal of the AeP2 Symposium was to bring together the different pieces of the ePortfolio puzzle to build a cohesive composition that benefit individual students, the quality of learning and the value of higher education outcomes.
There is scope for those involved in ePortfolios to establish a community of practice (or indeed communities of practice) that will provide valuable channels of communication between those people with shared interests and ideas, and encourage scholarship and research. The AeP2 Symposium represented an important first step in this process.
The AeP2 Symposium was of interest to all stakeholders who are involved in ePortfolios in education, as students, teachers, learning designers, administrators, careers advisors or employers. Representatives from higher education, vocational education and the schools sector were welcome to attend.
- Determining the impact of ePortfolios on student learning outcomes
- Discipline specific initiatives, eg education, nursing, law, medicine, science, design
- ePortfolios to capture and present professional standards
- ePortfolios to capture and present graduate attributes
- Developing students’ reflective skills
- ePortfolios in the Web 2.0 environment
- International technical standards
- Challenges and opportunities in ePortfolio implementation
The AeP2 Symposium followed on from the FYE – Curriculum Design Symposium on 5 – 6 February 2009.
The AeP2 Symposium was supported by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.