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ePIE feats and failures: Opportunities and challenges for ePortfolio implementation for career and professional development in remote education workforces

Boyle, Alicia (2011). ePIE feats and failures: Opportunities and challenges for ePortfolio implementation for career and professional development in remote education workforces. In: ePortfolios Australia Conference 2011, Perth, W.A., 17-18t October 2011.

Document type: Conference Paper

IRMA ID 82056760xPUB39
Author Boyle, Alicia
Title ePIE feats and failures: Opportunities and challenges for ePortfolio implementation for career and professional development in remote education workforces
Conference Name ePortfolios Australia Conference 2011
Conference Location Perth, W.A.
Conference Dates 17-18t October 2011
Conference Publication Title ePortfolios Australia Conference 2011: Making a difference - showing the difference
Place of Publication Brisbane, Qld., Australia
Publisher eLearning Services, Queensland University of Technology
Publication Year 2011
Start Page 8
End Page 17
Total Pages 10
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DIISR)
Abstract Delivering a Smart Territory through Quality Education and Training’ is the tag line of the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training Strategic Plan 2011–2014. Specific outcomes of the ‘Quality People and Partnerships Strategy’ include the need to develop career pathways for Indigenous staff and increase the number of Indigenous staff with education qualifications. Throughout 2010 a team of researchers from Charles Darwin University with their technical partner, The Work Lab, developed and trialled ePIE (Electronic Portfolios for Indigenous Educators), a professional learning and career development framework for remote Indigenous Assistant Teachers. This solution was needed to meet the key recurring themes for Indigenous staff professional development identified in a 2009 survey : these were:

• any delivery needs to consider the specific training needs of a small,
  geographically dispersed audience cost effectively; and
• there is a need to develop a workplace-based training model with enhanced
  flexibility through the use of technology.

The ePIE project team was responsible for the design, development and delivery of training in the use of the electronic portfolio for workplace-based professional learning. And, although ePIE’s design was driven by the needs of Assistant Teachers, evidence
presented also had to be suitable for formal assessment by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and show progress
towards the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training (DET) Professional Standards for Assistant Teachers.

This paper describes the outcomes to date from a suite of projects and will demonstrate the potentially significant role that ePortfolios can play in the continuing education of remote education workforces. The discussion considers both the opportunities and challenges for remote learners/employees, VET providers and public agencies considering the adoption of ePortfolios for career and professional development.
Keyword ePIE
Northern Territory
Workforce
Indigenous
Remote
 
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