ePortfolio International Conference


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 The Conference


The EU Classroom ePortfolios project (EUfolio) is a first-of-its-kind project, which examines the use of digital portfolios in post-primary education.


In May 2012, Ireland, Lithuania, Slovenia, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Spain and Austria came together as project partners to test innovative ePortfolio models in classrooms. Now, two years later, the project is drawing to a conclusion. To showcase the learning from the project, we are delighted to invite you to attend the ePortfolio International Conference on Wednesday, 22nd April 2015 at Dublin Castle


Throughout the day, project deliverables (case studies, ePortfolio exemplars, a guide to ePortfolio implementation, a technical specification manual and various other resources) are set to be launched. Teachers and students who were active project participants will outline their own experience of ePortfolios and talk about lessons learned. A number of schools will demonstrate how ePortfolio implementation took place, while illuminating the benefits and challenges encountered along the way.


The ePortfolios International Conference is a place for education-sector researchers, practitioners, students, policy-makers and stakeholders to come together and to further explore the implementation of ePortfolios in schools.


To see more about the EUfolio Conference click here.




Speaker profiles


1fec51330f62218922f27811b7dc15c0-bpfullKeynote Speaker - Prof. Val Klenowski


Val Klenowski is a Professor of Education at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Her research interests are focused on assessment and learning, curriculum development and evaluation. She has earned international recognition for her research into using eportfolios as a means of learning and assessment at all levels; from school through to higher education; quality assessment and equity. She has worked at the Hong Kong Institute of Education and at the Institute of Education, University of London. She has also been an academic advisor to the Director General of Education Queensland and is currently engaged in research with the Queensland Educational Leadership Institute (QELI).



Deirdre Butler Dr. Deirdre Butler


Deirdre is a senior lecturer in Education at St. Patrick’s College, Ireland. She has responsibility for designing and co-ordinating learning programmes for undergraduate and postgraduate students and uses a broad range of digital technologies to engender a thorough understanding of what being digital in learning can be. She has extensive experience in digital learning theory and practice of, and in the design and development of sustainable, scalable models of teacher professional learning. She has also designed, developed and managed a range of projects and school based initiatives which focus on the creative use of digital technologies (e.g. Empowering Minds, EduWear, TeachNet). In the past, Dr. Butler has acted in an advisory capacity both nationally and internationally and is currently an advisor to the Horizon K12 group and the New Measures strand of the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning. She is also currently engaged in the developmental process of the Digital Strategy for Schools in Ireland.




JanOSullivanMinister Jan O'Sullivan


Jan O’Sullivan is Minister for Education and Skills. She is a Labour Party member of parliament representing the Limerick City constituency. A former pre-school and secondary school teacher Minister O’Sullivan became involved in politics in Limerick through Irish Labour politician, Jim Kemmy and the Democratic Socialist Party, which later merged with the Labour Party. 


She was elected to Seanad Éireann following the 1992 General Election and was subsequently elected to Dáil Éireann in a by-election in 1998. The Minister secured enough support over the following three general elections to remain the government representative for the constituency of Limerick City. 





Dr. Klaus Himpsl-Gutermann


Dr. Klaus Himpsl-Gutermann is an academic staff member at the University of Teacher Education Vienna, Austria, working for the Department for Interdisciplinary Education. He serves as the coordinator of the department and is in charge of the Center for Learning Technologies and Innovation. Previously, he worked as a teacher of Mathematics, Physics and IT in secondary education and has been working in the field of teacher training for almost 15 years. Dr. Himpsl-Gutermann worked at Danube University Krems where he was in charge of two postgraduate study courses focusing on educational technologies and e-learning scenarios.  His main focus of research was the electronic portfolio in both research and teaching. Apart from working as a lecturer in these research fields, he is currently involved in a number of projects, including a project initiated by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women called “KidZ” (classroom of the future) and “Europortfolio”.



SeanOFoghluSeán Ó Foghlú

  Seán Ó Foghlú is the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills since 20th February 2012. From 2008 until 2012 he was an Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Education and Skills. He had responsibility for the Planning and Building Unit in Tullamore from 2010 to 2012 and prior to that he had responsibility for school transport, social inclusion, payroll and pensions. From 2001 to 2008 he led the establishment of the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland and was the Authority’s first chief executive. In this role he led the development and implementation of the National Framework of Qualifications. He joined the Department of Education in 1992 and worked there until 1999, including in that time a year in the Department of Finance. He was Head of Policy and Planning for two years from 1999 in the Higher Education Authority before joining the Qualifications Authority. 



  Mario RoccaroMario Roccaro

Mario Roccaro is a policy officer with the European Commission. He joined the Directorate General responsible for Education and Culture (DG EAC) in March 2012.  In the DG EAC he is responsible for the current Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) action of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme and he coordinates the Digital and Online Learning (DOL) Working Group. The primary focus of the DOL is to benefit Member States in furthering policy development on innovative pedagogies and digitalisation of education, through mutual learning and identification of good practices. In terms of eduction, after receiving his first degree in Food and Science Technology from the University of Milan (IT) Mario earned a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Edinburgh (UK). Subsequently, he worked as plant scientist at the Max Planck Institute Cologne (DE), performing basic and applied science before working with the European Commission.



Sean GallagherSeán Gallagher - (Conference MC)

Seán is a primary school Principal on secondment from Attymass NS, Ballina, Co. Mayo. Initially Seán was seconded to PCSP as a curriculum trainer for the new SPHE curriculum in 2001. He was appointed the PCSP coordinator for Physical Education in 2004 and held the position of Deputy Coordinator of PPDS with responsibility for regional structure and ICT.  Since the establishment of PDST, Seán has been the Deputy Director with responsibility for ICT. 



Conference FAQs

What is an ePortfolio?

 An electronic portfolio is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a student online

Who should attend?

Teachers, principals, education policy makers and teacher educators interested in using ePortfolios with students in second level education. The EUfolio conference will provide practical examples, implementation steps and advice on how best to introduce and implement ePortfolios in schools.  This is based on the experience of over 60 schools who have taken part in an extensive pilot across five countries


 Where does the conference take place?

Dublin Castle Conference Centre is located in the upper courtyard of Dublin Castle on Dame Street. Entry is via the Palace Street or Ship Street gates.  Click here for the conference location map. 


What are my transport/parking options for the event?

Dublin Bus routes 77a, 56a and 49.  For further information on Dublin Bus services please click here .

Nearest LUAS stops: Jervis & St Stephen's Green

Nearest DART station: Tara Street

Nearest Dublin Bike station: Dame Street (Station no. 10)

Nearest car park: Christchurch Car Park


Where can I stay?

Locate in the centre of Dublin, the EUfolio conference is within walking distance of a wide range of hotels and guest houses.  Click on the Visit Dublin website for options or search Dublin City Centre on any of the main hotel booking website.  


Is there a conference fee?

The EUfolio conference is being run as part of the EUfolio project, funded with support from the European Commission.  There is no fee and lunch is included, however prior registration is essential.


Can I update my registration information?

You can update your registration up until close of business on the 15th April 2015.





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