Report on the Learning Portfolio in Higher Education: Invitation to Launch of Critical Review of the Literature

Professor Brian MacCraith, The President of Dublin City University (DCU), cordially invites Irish educators, researchers and other stakeholders with an interest in Learning, Teaching and Assessment to the launch of “The Learning Portfolio in Higher Education”.

1.jpgThis report provides a critical review of the literature in a growing area of national and international interest, and is a joint collaboration between the Centre for Assessment Research, Policy and Practice in Education (CARPE) in the DCU Institute of Education and the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL).

Professor Brian MacCraith will open the event and outline DCU’s strong commitment to using new digital technology to promote critically self-reflective learners with 21st Century skills. DCU’s leadership in “Assessment for Learning” and the effective pedagogical use of learning portfolio in higher education was further recognised in January 2018 with an invitation to become an official Mahara supporter.

The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, will formally launch the report. Guests and attendees will also have an opportunity to briefly hear from the authors on the current status of the literature in the field, and a hard copy of “The Learning Portfolio in Higher Education” will be available at the end of the launch. Light refreshments will also be served.

Following the launch an open access PDF version of the report will downloadable from both the CARPE and NIDL websites. At this stage we have yet to confirm whether the launch will be recorded or lived streamed but an update and any relevant web links will be provided closer to the event.

 Date: Wednesday, February 14th

Time: 4.00pm (GMT)

Venue: Room C205, Belvedere House, DCU St Patrick’s Campus, Dublin

For catering purposes, please RSVP by Thursday February 8th to:

Highly Interactive “Unconference” Breaks New Ground in Sharing ePortfolio Practice

Unconference1.jpgIreland’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.

DUdhYC4WkAA0Viq.jpgSam 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.

DUda4FgXUAAyJUR.jpgThe 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.