Mahara UK Report

John, Ben and Sinéad (Ireland partners) representing EUFolio presented at the Mahara UK Conference 2014 Friday 18th July. Their presentation was entitled ‘EUFolio: Using ePortfolios to Develop Assessment Practice’

It outlined how the EUFolio project draws on the synergy between formative assessment and digital technologies through the use of ePortfolios (including Mahara) in the English language classroom, thereby promoting and building capacity in assessment practices. 

The presentation detailed how the project analysed current assessment discourse and supports teachers in incorporating such assessment practices into planning, teaching and learning in the English Language classroom using the ePortfolios. They explained how the project has worked with teachers in authentic classroom settings in order to ascertain the potential of the e-portfolio platform in supporting assessment.  Throughout the pilot phase, teachers and students have worked collaboratively to develop valid, reliable and consistent assessment tasks and the ePortfolio platform has been used to promote formative feedback, peer assessment and student reflection. 

There was huge interest in the presentation as over the two days, it was the only presentation to look at the practical implications of ePortfolios in the second level classroom and it generated much discussion on twitter, with wide praise for the CPD approach used to support teachers in the project.


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