Ireland’s first educational technology “unconference” took place at Dublin City University (DCU) on Friday January 26th. The unconference format is a high energy, flexible and even flipped approach for professional learning which features discussion and collaboration at its core. Last week’s event focused on eportfolio practice across Ireland and attracted a large gathering of attendees from nine Irish institutes of Higher Education, as well as participants from Enterprise Ireland and UK colleges and organisations.
Sam Taylor from Cranfield University was the featured keynote speaker who helped seed many rich conversations but notably participants set and drove the agenda from the outset of the day.
The dynamic and highly interactive nature of the event is best captured through online and visual media to fully illustrate the energy, relevancy and collaborative nature of discussions. To this end you can mine your way through an archive of rich Twitter conversations over the course of the event by clicking on the Storify link and/or watch the brief video below which gives you a taste of the flavour of the day.
The eportfolio unconference was organised by Lisa Donaldson in the Teaching Enhancement Unit and supported by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Our next related event on the use of eportfolio is a formal launch on 14th February by the Minister for Higher Education of a report providing a critical synthesis of the literature. Please contact us if you would like to attend this event.