Implementation of ePortfolios in Lower Secondary Schools. Experiences in the Framework of the Project EUfolio. EU classroom ePortfolios with a Focus on Teacher Training

Andrea Ghoneim, Bernhard Ertl

Abstract


ePortfolios can be valuable means for documenting and assessing competency oriented learning. However, like any kind of innovation introduced to an educational system, the implementation of ePortfolios in a school context depends on thoughtful preparations. The project EUfolio. EU classroom ePortfolios (May 2013-April 2015) aimed at implementing ePortfolios in lower secondary schools in Cyprus, Ireland, Lithuania, Slovenia and Spain. To start the implementation, definitions and a needs analysis were carried out. Stakeholders - especially principals and teachers - had to be briefed and trained in order to understand the ePortfolio process. The consortium of the project recommended a teacher-centered implementation of ePortfolios to the pilot schools. Well prepared teachers have developed projects and/or teaching methods involving ePortfolios in the curriculum and - in turn - put the students in the center of their teaching. The fact that teachers had full support on policy, institutional, and technical level as well as ongoing CPD support helped to make the implementation successful.

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Editor-in-Chief: Prof Norbert Pachler
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
ISSN 1746-9082