Flourish seeks to ease the personal administrative burden experienced by learning, teaching and research practitioners at St Martin's College, a key partner in the formation of the University of Cumbria. It will do so by providing a flexible learning system which will allow colleagues to record significant aspects of their personal and professional development in ways which integrate with their existing workflows. This personal learning system will allow users to aggregate their records of learning and achievement into rich ePortfolios to be used for a variety of professional purposes including career review, academic qualification, professional accreditation and personal development.
Aims and objectives
- Embed an ePortfolio as a fundamental element within St Martin's Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PgCinLTHE)
- Piloting with users as part of the appraisal process
- Recording and sharing the experience of users attendance at conferences through publishing to a shared, central repository
- Working with professional accreditation bodies (e.g. HEA, SEDA and CILIP) to assess the efficacy of applications by ePortfolio
- Using ePortfolios to smooth the creation and sustainability of cross departmental working and relationships between staff within a newly formed, dispersed/multi campus institution (the University of Cumbria).
Anticipated outputs and outcomes
A series of case studies and processes that will allow lessons from the deployment of e-portfolios in this way to be transferred across other parts of the sector.
- Sarah Chesney, Senior Lecturer in E-Learning, St Martin's College (soon to become the University of Cumbria), Tel 01524 384695, SAMChesney@ucsm.ac.uk