ePortfolio for KidZ - Studie 2014
von ZLI PH Wien
E-Portfolios as Dynamic Learning Companions
- The Center for Educational Technology and Innovation (ZLI) at the Department for Interdisciplinary Education of the University of Teacher Education Vienna focuses on the use of digital media for a modern and innovative learning environment. One field of research centers around the use of e-portfolios, resulting in the KidZ e-portfolio study of 2014 and the follow-up study of 2015/16.
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- KidZ („Klassenzimmer der Zukunft“, engl. “classroom of the future”) is an innovative educational project which was initiated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Women in Austria in the year 2013. Its main objective is to make learning with ICT part of regular school life, thus fundamentally adjusting and modernizing didactics to the requirements of modern times.
- In context of the Austrian KidZ project, the KidZ E-Portfolio Study 2014 collects and evaluates the existing Mahara entities in Austria. Many of them were used by the Universities of Teacher Education in Austria, which already have a good cross-linked e-learning community called PHeLS. In strategic meetings that take place every half-year, e-portfolios always represent a key issue, considering technical and administrative aspects as well as possible implementation szenarios at schools and universities.
- In a second step of the ePortfolio for KidZ Study 2014, good practice examples at Austrian schools were collected in order to get an insight into existing e-portfolio projects.
- Five teachers who had already gained a lot of practical experiences in the use of e-portfolios in class were invited to take part in virtual interviews. Each interview took between 30 and 60 minutes and covered various aspects of e-portfolio work, including preconditions, structures, implementation, evaluation as well as teaching and learning processes.
- The major aim of the study was to illustrate and analyse the use of e-portfolios at Austrian schools and to document and share experiences examples. The conclusions drawn from the analysis as well as the good practice examples of the participating schools were collected and presented in an e-portfolio collection on Mahara. All five schools of the interviewees have an individual view of their school, displaying the use of e-portfolios at their school.
- In addition to that, three more teachers who had been working with Mahara at their schools created a Mahara view for their school. At the end of the study 2014 the Mahara collection included detailed school views of eight individual schools.
- The e-portolio study was continued in the year 2015/16
- Four more teachers were invited to take part in a virtual interview to talk about their experiences with e-portoflios in class. The results of the interviews were again collected and displayed on Mahara
- At the end of the year 2016 the study included Mahara views of twelve Austrian schools.
- The use of e-portfolios is transforming current views on learning technologies, providing a key link for individual, organisational as well as community learning processes (e.g. communities of practice, learning organisations, regions and cities). While some countries are already providing the infrastructure required to offer e-ortfolio access to people, other countries are considering it, and others still have to discover the possibilities electronic portfolios offer.
- The major aim of EUROPORTFOLIO is to explore technologies and practices connected with the use of e-portfolios, and to illustrate and discuss possible learning environments. Users, experts as well as researchers are encouraged to join this network, get in touch with each other and share experiences and good practice examples.
This portal provides information as well as the possibility of exchange around the topic of electronic portfolios: people, organisations, publications and learning materials.
- The Austrian Chapter is ministered by the Danube University Krems, the University of Teacher Education Vienna and the University of Teacher Education of Lower Austria.