2021 Eportfolio Forum Keynote Presenters

2021 Eportfolio Forum Online

Thinking and acting differently

20-21 October 2021

Online and supported by UNSW Sydney [Eora nation]

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Opening Keynote Speaker:

Bill Wisser, Ph.D. Director, Teaching and Learning Lab, Lecturer in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Bill Wisser

Re-grounding portfolios in the science of learning and practice of pedagogy

The COVID-19 pandemic forced educators across to the globe to rethink their teaching practice. After the initial emergency pivot to online learning, many instructors realized that good teaching requires focusing on the basics and supporting the well being of our students in a period of tremendous upheaval and uncertainty. Along the way we were reminded that what works well in times of emergency has its roots in longstanding learning science research and pedagogy practice.

In this talk, Bill Wisser will make connections between some of the lessons learned in the past year of educational disruption and the pedagogical underpinnings of portfolios. Using case studies from his own teaching he will explore the importance of reflection and articulation as part of authentic assessment practice. He will also stretch our understanding of what authenticity means in the context of portfolio implementation, tying to research on how a student’s sense of self informs their identity as a learner, increases motivation, and aids in recall.


Bill is the founding Director of the Teaching and Learning Lab (TLL) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (gse.harvard.edu/tll). As Director, Bill is responsible for setting and executing a vision for supporting and enhancing teaching and learning in the residential, online, and blended classroom. Most recently, the TLL under Bill’s direction led the transition of the residential Master’s in Education program to an online delivery model that focused on the core values of engaging, humanizing, and active.

Bill earned his Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a dissertation that examined the rise of a political print culture in early nineteenth-century Brazil. After teaching World History and Modern Latin America at several universities, Bill became the Associate Director for Faculty Development and Support at Simmons College where he led the Sloan Foundation-funded Blended Learning Initiative.

Since arriving at Harvard he has helped numerous faculty members consider how technology can be leveraged to help them meet their learning outcomes. Bill has also led the development of several new online courses and programs that help increase the reach of Harvard faculty research and practice. In 2017 he co-chaired the Harvard Initiative on Learning and Teaching (HILT) Teaching and Learning Collaborative and has published and presented on issues related to alternative credentials and electronic portfolios.

Closing Keynote Speaker:

Serge Ravet, Innovation Director, ADPIOS

From ePortfolio to Open Badges and… back to ePortfolios?

The presentation will share a reflection on a personal journey that started with paper-based portfolios, moved to ePortfolios and eventually Open Badges, how this journey led to the idea of Open Recognition—Open Data, Open Education, Open Learning, Open Bar, everything was “open” but recognition… Looking through the lens of Open Recognition the tools and practices that initially led to its formulation demanded to be reinvented. What does it mean for ePortfolios?

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Serge Ravet is a founding member and President of Reconnaître—Open Recognition Alliance a not-for profit association dedicated to promoting the goals of the Bologna Open Recognition Declaration. He is also a founding member and President of Bit of Trust, a company created at the initiative of internationally recognised experts in the field of talent recognition and development designing the next generation of Open Badges and Web of Trust technologies. He is also working at Espace Mendès France for the development of European projects in the field of informal education.

From ePortfolio to Open Badges, recognition is at the heart of a professional life dedicated to exploring the contribution of digital technologies to the empowerment of individuals and communities, their ability to lead educational and social innovation. Laureate of the Digital Media Learning Trust Challenge (2015) awarded by the MacArthur Foundation, Serge contributed to the development of the Open Badge Passport and the publication of the Bologna Open Recognition Declaration (2016).

After 30+ international projects, he is currently leading three European projects: BRIDGES promoting gender equity in STEM, REVEAL supporting the development of Local Recognition Networks and REPAIR supporting the transformation of professional practices to adopt the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Previously he contributed to the creation of the European Institute for E-Learning (EIfEL, 2001), the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning (EFQUEL, 2008) and the Internet of Subjects Forum (IoS Forum, 2010). He is the organiser of ePIC, an international conference initiated in 2003 as the International conference of ePortfolios and is now focused on “Building Open Recognition Ecosystems.”