The growing awareness and use of eportfolios in the Australian vocational education and training (VET) sector has been recognised in the most recent release of the 2012 VET Teacher E-learning Toolkit.
“The VET Teacher E-learning Toolkit (Toolkit) specifies the minimum web and desktop-based functionality requirements needed to support e-learning in vocational education and training (VET) organisations. The purpose of the Toolkit is to inform the development of VET standard operating environments (SOE) to support the e-learning functionality required by teachers and trainers.”
Developed by the National VET E-learning Strategy, the VET Teacher E-learning Toolkit (Toolkit) specifies the minimum web and desktop-based functionality requirements for VET teachers and trainings to utilise e-learning and e-assessment in their teaching and learning, such as access to:
- teaching and training resources
- social, collaborative communication and content creation tools
- virtual classroom and synchronous communication tools
- Tools to support evaluation and assessment activities
- Cloud based storage and sharing functionality
And the ability to:
- author and view documents
- play audio and video content
- create and customise multimedia content
- access and subscribe to information feeds
- develop web-based learning content
- use and deliver learning and assessment on mobile devices
- use eportfolio approaches as part of teaching and learning
“Teachers need to be able to engage with learners through the use of e-portfolio approaches and to provide a link to the outcomes of learning” (Toolkit, pg 10).
To support the growing use of eportfolios in Australia, three eportfolio professional development opportunities are coming up in Sydney:
- ePortfolios Program (Mahara Training) – kick starts on 30-31 August with full day workshops followed by online synchronous and asynchronous activities
- 2012 ePortfolio Forum – on 27 September, aims to support the connecting and sharing of eportfolio practice through presentations, workshops, pecha kucha, posters and facilitated conversations
- Student ePortfolio Showcase (STePS) – on 28 September, features students from a variety of disciplines within the University of Sydney showing how they create and use ePortfolios
If you know of more eportfolio activities and networking opportunities please share them here, as well as add them to the ePortfolio Unified Calendar.