Eportfolio Ireland for Better Lecturers
Eportfolio Ireland is delighted to share updates from our professional learning network for eportfolio practitioners and researchers on BetterLecturers.ie
Established in 2017 as MaharaIrl, and rebranded Eportfolio Ireland in 2018 to better represent the broader interests of all members. This grassroots community with a voluntary steering group hopes to build a community to share information, support learning & collaboration on eportfolios across Ireland.
Eportfolio Ireland steering committee is made up of four practitioners and researchers working in Higher Education institutions across Ireland.
Lisa is a Learning Technologist in the Teaching Enhancement Unit of Dublin City University. She is responsible for the roll out of the Learning Portfolio platform to over 14,000 faculty and students in DCU. For this work, Lisa was delighted to collect the Learning Technology Team of the Year 2018 award from the Association of Learning Technology. The learning portfolio project was also shortlisted in the Education Awards 2019 for Best Use of Educational Technology/ICT Initiative of the year. Lisa founded Ireland’s first eportfolio community of practice – Eportfolio Ireland – in 2017.
Karen is an academic developer in the Teaching Enhancement Unit in DCU which aims to foster excellence in practice through leadership in teaching, the provision of professional development opportunities for staff, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She is a doctoral candidate in Maynooth University where she is exploring professional development in Higher Education.
Dr. Orna Farrell is Programme Chair for the DCU Connected BA in Humanities, BA in English & History, BA Single Module in Dublin City University. She has recently completed her doctoral thesis at Trinity College Dublin, which explores the development of critical thinking through eportfolio based learning for online distance students. Working within DCU’s National Institute for Digital Learning her research interests include higher education transitions, educational technology, digital historical skills and eportfolio based learning.
Julie Ui Choistealbha
Dr. Julie Ui Choistealbha is a senior lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Marino Institute of Education. Her research interests include the assessment of work-based learning, working as a professional, ePortfolios and the Irish language. Julie is a Trinity College Dublin Research Fellow and a member of the Research in School Education (RISE) research group. She is also the Irish coordinator of the Erasmus+ funded Empowering ePortfolio Process (EEP) research project.
Eportfolio Ireland holds online and face-to-face events to support professional development and ongoing collaboration. Making connections between practitioners and sharing practice is a key aim of the group and online meetings allow us to connect with others far and wide! Our first webinar featured Anne Stevens from New Zealand discussing using eportfolios for placement & tracking competencies. Our second online event was joint webinar with the New York area Mahara group. Our upcoming webinar also has an international flavour as we are joined by Dr. Lisa-Marie Blaschke from Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg and Federica Mancini & Marcelo Maina from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).
This will take place on April 30th at 1pm and all are welcome to join us at dcu adobeconnect
Ireland’s First Eportfolio Unconference
In 2018, the group hosted Ireland’s first eportfolio unconference – a unique informal learning experience where no topics have been predetermined and features primarily discussion based sessions that are participant driven. The collaborations that resulted from this event were a driving force for the production of an ebook on Eportfolio Based Assessment and a collaboratively developed rubric for eportfolio assessment. The eportfolio Ireland steering group wrote about the process of designing and running an unconference event and this was published in November 2018 in the AAEBL Eportfolio Review.
This and all our presentations and resources are available at the Eportfolio Ireland website. Please visit us and learn more about current eportfolio practice in Ireland.