DCU to host International ePortfolio Conference

We are delighted to announce that Dublin City University (DCU) will be hosting ‘ePortfolios & More – The Developing Role of ePortfolios within the Digital Landscape’, a collaborative international seminar in the New Year. logoThis intentionally global event, the second jointly organised by the Centre for Recording Achievement (CRA) in the UK and the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) in the USA, will take place over three days from May 23rd to 25th, 2018.

aaeeblThis prestigious international event will focus on the contributions ePortfolio related technologies can bring to the wider learning and development landscape. Specifically, it will emphasise the relationship of ePortfolios and related technologies to: Learning, Engagement, Formal and Informal Contexts for Learning, Mobility and the Presentation of Learning Outcomes.

The first conference hosted in Edinburgh in 2016 was attended by upwards of 100 participants from the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia and many other locations. We look forward to welcoming an even larger event in Dublin with a mix of both new and previous delegates for three days of valuable ePortfolio discussions, explorations and critical reflections.


The call for Proposals will be circulated very shortly; please make a note of the conference dates in your diary! In the meantime, you can download the conference flyer for further information or contact Lisa Donaldson <lisa.donaldson@dcu.ie> our local DCU coordinator for more details.


“Highly Commended Award” for Team Innovation for Student Success Toolbox Project

The Student Success Toolbox project, led by a team within the National Institute for Digital Learning, has received a “highly commended award” for team innovation in teaching and learning from the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU). The award was presented during an ECIU showcase event to a large audience of invited guests in Brussels on Thursday 30th November.

Team Award

This project seeks to address the problem of effective transitions and the foundations for student success during the initial stages of the study lifecycle with a specific focus on flexible learners. Enhancing retention and completion rates of this group of flexible learners is a significant problem both globally and within the Irish context. The Student Success Toolbox project was supported by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education under the Building Digital Capacity fund. It was a collaborative project involving Dublin City University, Sligo Institute of Technology, Maynooth University and Dundalk Institute of Technology.


The particular focus of this project is on supporting flexible learners through key transitions in the early stages of the study lifecycle: from thinking about study, making choices, the registration process and through to the first few weeks. A basic premise of the project is that the foundations for student success start early in the study lifecycle, and that insufficient attention has been given in the literature and within institutions to the importance of the period before flexible learners formally commence their study.

A related underlying assumption is that this crucial transition period may be enhanced by the availability of appropriately designed digital readiness and preparation tools, which help to scaffold both prospective students and those about to embark on part time or online/distance study for the first time. In this project eight digital readiness and preparation tools were developed as Open Educational Resources (OERs) with a Creative Commons (CC-BY) licence. The eight tools can be viewed on the project website, and can be downloaded and adapted by other institutions from the project’s Github webpage.