ePortfolios for International Cooperation

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ePortfolios and digital identity in the context of international development and cooperation: a study on the subject presented at the international conference on ePortfolio and Digital Identity, Maastricht, Netherlands.

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  • 1. ePortfolio for International Cooperation ePortfolio and Digital Identity Oct 23rd, 2008, Maastricht, Netherlands Tho Bondolfi and Samantha Slade

2. ePortfolios helping cooperation and capacity building How can ePortfolio processes contribute to international development and cooperation? 3. IT and development 1.United Nations Millennium Development Goalsfor 2015 2.Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D)3.Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness(2005) 4. Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC, vvww.deza.net) Commissioned a study to gather information on 1)ePortfolio processesthat could be of interest for them and to external organisations and 2) for developingsynergies of ePortfolio training 5. Web presence/Digital identity Organisations that have worked in isolation, can be projected into a global space encouraging trans-national sharing, networking, collaborating, innovating. The World wide web has tremendous potential to give civil society in developing countries a global audience, to help NGO's and local non-for profits connect to each other. http://wiki.kabissa.org/ttgo/start 6. ePortfolio definition An ePortfolio is an online environment supporting processes that allow an individual, group or organisation to reflect and document and present who they are - their strengths, activities, experiences, challenges, goals, competences, values etc. and in so doing to become lifelong learners, learning organisations or learning regions. 7. Digital Identity and ePortfolio 8. Areas of impact of ePortfolio processes 1. Empowerment 2. Learning deep and complex issues3. Accomodating non-formaland traditional learning 4.Professionalisation of a field of work 5. Transregional or trans- organisational information sharing and collaboration 9. 1. EmpowermentFlickr.com - A shift from trainer/teacher centric learning/CPD to learner centric approaches. - B ringing the under-represented developing country voice into the mainstream. - Developing creative, innovative, networked individuals, organisations and regions taking responsibility for their personal and professional well-being and development. By Hamed saber, Flickr.com 10. 2. Supporting deep and complex learning - Create leaders who confront the root issues of crisis management,health issues etc. able to uplift their communities and impart vision and purpose - CPD for capacity building is more than a cursus, it's effectively being able to contribute to sustainable change.Flickr.com 11. 3. Expanding types of learning - Capture and support formal, informal and non-formal learning in a structured and integrated way. - Facilitate the reflective practitioner, giving value to traditional knowledge...Flickr.com 12. 4. Professionalisation of a field - Unite a professional field and develop a sense of professional identity, pride and value that is crucial to maintaining committed professionals in their line of work - Critically reflect on one's profession and develop a long-term vision of your career or organisation. 13. 5. Trans-organisational/regional collaboration - Collect and collate activities demonstrating one's competence, to bring together the mass of knowledge usually either tacit or dispersed. - Develop an evolving knowledge base supporting induction, continual improvement,sharing, partnerships .... By Steve Jurvetson, Flickr.com 14. The study 1. Activities 2. Agencies 3. Example 4. Interview themes 5. Timeline and results 15. 1. Activities Ynternet.org foundation for eCultureis researching and interviewing developing agencies and civil society organisationsto identify and better understanddifferent best practices that maponto these 5 areas of impact. 16. 2. Some agencies/initiatives we are exploring - Kabissa, A network of African civil society organisations - Dgroups, Development Through Dialogue - Action Aid International,The knowledge initiative - Mount Royal College, International Community Development Certificate - Commonwealth of Learning - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations- Agence Universitaire de la francophonie - Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER) - Ginks Ghana Information and Knowledge Sharing Network PRO-FEMMES - Europass 17. 3. For example... Cooperation.net hosts 6 000 ePortfolios 18. 3. And another example... ICT for development- Personal research portal 19. 4. Themes of the interview questions

  • Context and objectives of the initiative/program
  • Description and target audience
  • Sustainability: pilot or embedded practice
  • Partnerships
  • Facts and figures: Duration, how many users, costs
  • Challenges and future plans
  • References
  • ICT: applications
  • Resources/Materials: content, activities, OER
  • Privacy: internal use or public network
  • Licences: ownership, standards

20. 5. Timeline and Results The study will be completedearly 2009 and results will be available on the webin English and French with a Spanish summaryinto an OBSERVATORY OF ePORTFOLIOS INITIATIVES FOR COOPERATION THROUGH THE WEB VISIT WWW.YNTERNET.ORG/EPORTFOLIOIf you know of any initiatives/agencies that should be included in the study, please let us know 21. Preliminary findings 1. Partnerships 2. Digital ease 3. Culture of transparency 22. A. Partnerships for instrumentation

  • Producing quality and robust tools and activities to support ePortfolio and digital identity processes that can be used freely in local languages and local ways can be complex.Developments need to build on what already exists and involve partnering.

23. B. From ICT literacy to digital fluency

    • We progressively move from ICT literacy, in which skills are evaluated through processes such as the ECDL, to digital fluency in which skills are evaluated through ePortfolio developing processes.ePortfolio is therefore becominga meaningful and major way to develop and certify good practices in knowledge management

By Babak Fakhamzadeh, Flikr, Creative Commons 24. C. Culture of trust and transparency

    • Coming from a heritage of information control and privacy, we need to move towards a culture in which themore we share, the more we receive support and collaborate.

By Lynn Rainboth, with permission 25. ePortfolios, digital identity and cooperation? ePortfolios can contribute to working towards sustainable social and economic development. ICT needs to be optimized to connect, share, network, collaborate and innovate, supporting transnational integrated long term and scalable partnership approaches. 26. Not so much about technology, but rather...

  • Organisations leveraging ePortfolios and digital identity to support attainingMillenium Development Goals and actions of the Paris Declaration.
  • Reflecting and learning and developing for individuals, organisations and regions in a capacity building manner
  • Entering and mobilising the public space of the web to enhance communication and collaboration.

27. ConclusionThere is an urgency to have judicious, skilled, aware, at ease internet users and internet using organisations who find their voice and take it publicly, address the complex and significant issues they are working with, tap into their local learning traditions, develop a sense of meaning and professional identity, and further their networking and knowledge sharing.ePortfolios and digital identity are new models with incredible potential to support just that. 28. ConclusionThere is an urgency to have judicious, skilled, aware, at ease internet users and internet using organisations who find their voice and take it publicly, address the complex and significant issues they are working with, tap into their local learning traditions, develop a sense of meaning and professional identity, and further their networking and knowledge sharing.ePortfolios and digital identity are new models with incredible potential to support just that. 29. Tho Bondolfi and Samantha Slade Ynternet.org This presentation is available online at:slideshare.com/sam5 30. References Millennium Development Goals http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/ Global Alliance for ICT and Development http://www.un-gaid.org/ The Paris Declaration http://www.oecd.org/document/18/0,2340,en_2649_3236398_35401554_1_1_1_1,00.html