Main topics and focus of the conference:
ePortfolios for learning and career development
This topic comprises two of the main aspects of the e-portfolio method: e-portfolio for learning and e-portfolio for career development. For the purposes of these two an e-portfolio can serve for: reflection, presentation, assessment. So, in this section the following can be included: descriptions and analyses of the different purposes of the e-portfolio in terms of learning or finding work; the advantages of the e-portfolio in learning and in career development; the mechanisms for structuring an e-portfolio for learning and an e-portfolio for career development; the possibilities and/or good practices for implementing the e-portfolio method in schools and universities; the employers' viewpoint on the e-portfolio method and how companies and organizations could use it when looking for new employees; the role of teachers and trainers in the e-portfolio creation and management process etc.
ePortfolios for career guidance
In most European countries nowadays there seems to be a lack of interactive and attractive tools for career guidance. That is why the e-portfolio method can prove quite effective in working with students. In this section the following can be included: comparison between the existing tools for career guidance and the e-portfolio; advantages of the e-portfolio over the other tools for career guidance; the mechanisms of the e-portfolio structuring for the purposes of career guidance; the possibilities and good practices of e-portfolio usage for the purposes of career guidance; peculiarities of career guidance carried out through the e-portfolio; e-portfolios for career guidance - consultants' point of view; the mechanisms for obtaining guidance through the e-portfolio; possibilities and good practices for implementation of the e-portfolio in career guidance (in centres for guidance, in schools, in universities); the role of the consultant in the e-portfolio creation process etc.
Problematic issues concerning the ePortfolio method
Despite all the advantages of the e-portfolio method, there might also arise some concerns or problems as to the ownership, possibility for plagiarism and the legal issues regarding most on-line tools where the e-portfolio is not an exception. In this section the following can be included: the topic of who actually owns the e-portfoio - the student, the consultant, the teacher, the institution?; the issue about the validity of the information provided in the e-portfolio; the e-portfolio and the virtual identity; legal issues concerning the e-portfolio method; plagiarism in the e-portfolio method; the security of the information provided in the e-portfolio etc;
Platforms for ePortfolio development and interactive tools for assessment and self-awareness
In this section there might be included the different existing platforms for e-portfolio development, such as Mahara, for example; their descriptions; advantages and disadvantages; mechanisms for their usage and implementation etc.
Gaming and interactive tools for assessment could be explored as well. A number of multimedia tests and games could help the user identify his/her own skills and interests.