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Mapping Uk Eportfolio Developments Within A European Context, Gordon Joyes, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young Dec 2011

Mapping Uk Eportfolio Developments Within A European Context, Gordon Joyes, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

This chapter outlines the European context of lifelong learning and educational cooperation across member states and the relationship of eportfolios to current development. It focuses specifically on the priority given to portfolio developments in Higher Education in the UK through reports and policy documents and particularly through the extensive funding distributed via the Joint Information Systems Committee of the Higher Education and Further Education Funding Councils (JISC). The chapter provides an overview of current eportfolio use and points to future trends for technical and pedagogical development, drawing on the extensive JISC project archive, which covers examples from many disciplines and ...


Connect, Create, Collaborate: The Victorian Approach To Ict Provision In Schools, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, L Davie, D Peck Dec 2010

Connect, Create, Collaborate: The Victorian Approach To Ict Provision In Schools, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, L Davie, D Peck

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in Victoria, Australia has a strong history of investment in ICT infrastructure and tools to enable improved teaching and learning. In 2009 it embarked on an ambitious project to provide a state wide knowledge management framework for use by more than 1500 government schools. Its centrepiece, the Ultranet, is an electronic learning environment designed to support learning and teaching, connect students, teachers and parents and enable efficient knowledge transfer. This paper outlines the components of the approach and the research program that is being implemented to evaluate and learn from the investment ...


What's A Policy Maker Doing At A Research Conference? Mediating Stronger Partnerships Between Research, Policy And Practice In Schooling And Early Childhood Development, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Elvira Vacirca Dec 2009

What's A Policy Maker Doing At A Research Conference? Mediating Stronger Partnerships Between Research, Policy And Practice In Schooling And Early Childhood Development, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Elvira Vacirca

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

This paper, written from the stance of central government policy makers, explores the sometimes tense relationships between researchers, practitioners and education policy makers in a context where evidence-based policy is espoused by governments. It is based on a belief that research in education affects, and is affected by, multiple stakeholders, and that if we are to strengthen the role of education research as a public good, making a difference to society, then we need a model and a practice that can bridge stakeholder interests. The current quest in school education policy making for ‘what works’ is influenced by economic imperatives ...


Effective Practice With E-Portfolios: How Can The Uk Experience Inform Implementation?, Gordon Joyes, Lisa Gray, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young Dec 2009

Effective Practice With E-Portfolios: How Can The Uk Experience Inform Implementation?, Gordon Joyes, Lisa Gray, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

This paper introduces the background to the JISC work within the e-portfolio domain in the UK and presents an overview of past and current activities and the drivers for these developments. This is followed by a review of JISC’s approach to drawing out the learning and implications for e-portfolio practice from this extensive collection of work and its dissemination. The analysis of twenty one recently funded projects involving the use of e-portfolios in the UK is introduced. The findings suggest that eportfolio implementation is particularly complex in part due to the number of stakeholders involved, the contexts in which ...


Effective Practice With E-Portfolios: How Can The Uk Experience Inform Implementation?, Gordon Joyes, Lisa Gray, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young Dec 2008

Effective Practice With E-Portfolios: How Can The Uk Experience Inform Implementation?, Gordon Joyes, Lisa Gray, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

This paper introduces the background to the JISC work within the e-portfolio domain in the UK and presents an overview of past and current activities and the drivers for these developments. This is followed by a review of JISC’s approach to drawing out the learning and implications for e-portfolio practice from this extensive collection of work and its dissemination. The analysis of twenty one recently funded projects involving the use of e-portfolios in the UK is introduced. The findings suggest that eportfolio implementation is particularly complex in part due to the number of stakeholders involved, the contexts in which ...


The Importance Of Teaching Roles When Introducing Pdas In A Year 6 Classroom, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young Dec 2008

The Importance Of Teaching Roles When Introducing Pdas In A Year 6 Classroom, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

This paper analyses the experience of a teacher and her Year 6 class (10-11 year-olds) over a school year, while participating in a pilot project introducing Personal Digital Assistants as a learning tool. The intervention was initiated and supported by the local City Learning Centre, which was concerned with how best to use technologies for learning, and the teacher was prepared to take risks to learn how to use the technology and apply it within the national curriculum. This paper focuses on the roles the teacher played in designing, managing and mediating multi-modal approaches to teaching and learning, while meeting ...


Learning For Teaching: Building Professional Knowledge On A National Scale, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young Dec 2008

Learning For Teaching: Building Professional Knowledge On A National Scale, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

This paper takes a large-scale social perspective in describing a national project in Australia that was premised on local school communities working together and contributing ideas for the benefit of their students, and potentially, the whole country. The project was intended to improve schools’ capacity for educating boys, and in the long-term, the learning outcomes of under-performing boys, using evidence-based and action research methods. It was supported by the web spaces and tools of the National Quality Schooling Framework and Think.com. This paper emphasises the structures and processes teachers engaged in while building knowledge through their daily work, where ...


Signposts: Research Points To How Victorian Government Schools Have Improved Performance, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young Dec 2008

Signposts: Research Points To How Victorian Government Schools Have Improved Performance, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

The Blueprint for Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD, 2008) underlines the importance of providing opportunities for every child to succeed, in every circumstance. The Blueprint points out that, while previous reforms are paying dividends, improvement is not yet consistent across all schools. So, to support a reform agenda for all schools to improve, this research by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) was specifically designed to investigate the nature of the practices in those schools where Victorian strategies are showing positive results. We wanted to have greater knowledge of the practices of Victorian schools that lead ...


Structuring And Scaffolding Learners’ Verbal-And-Visual-Thinking, Yukari Makino, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young Dec 2008

Structuring And Scaffolding Learners’ Verbal-And-Visual-Thinking, Yukari Makino, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

In attempting to understand how learners might be supported in developing their multiliteracies, the authors reflected on the educational activity of creating visual products with technology from the perspectives of structuring and scaffolding. This paper presents a case study of two sets of activities that were implemented among university students in Japan. In the preliminary study, the students used a theoretical tool for creating visual products with the help of structures, but scaffolding by the teacher was spontaneous. In the main study, on the other hand, while the students used the same theoretical structure, the scaffolding by the teacher was ...


How Mobile Phones Help Learning In Secondary Schools, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Nadja Heym Dec 2008

How Mobile Phones Help Learning In Secondary Schools, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Nadja Heym

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

This research took place in 2007-8, at a time when mobile phones had become small, personal computers, providing clock, calendar, games, music player, Bluetooth connection, Internet access, and high-quality camera functions in addition to voice calls and short messaging. The Mobile Life Youth Report (2006) found that by the time they reach secondary school, 91% of 12 year olds in the UK have a mobile phone. Even though recent phone models, sometimes called ‘smart phones’, allow users to read pdf formats, spreadsheets and word-processed files, they have been more usually seen as disruptive, rather than useful, in school education


A Study Of Effective Evaluation Models And Practices For Technology Supported Physical Learning Spaces, Ian Pearshouse, Brett Bligh, Elizabeth Brown, Sarah Lewthwaite, Rebecca Garber, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Mike Sharples Dec 2008

A Study Of Effective Evaluation Models And Practices For Technology Supported Physical Learning Spaces, Ian Pearshouse, Brett Bligh, Elizabeth Brown, Sarah Lewthwaite, Rebecca Garber, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Mike Sharples

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

The aim of the JELS project was to identify and review the tools, methods and frameworks used to evaluate technology supported or enhanced physical learning spaces. A key objective was to develop the sector knowledgebase on innovation and emerging practice in the evaluation of learning spaces, identifying innovative methods and approaches beyond traditional post-occupancy evaluations and surveys that have dominated this area to date. The intention was that the frameworks and guidelines discovered or developed from this study could inform all stages of the process of implementing a technology supported physical learning space. The study was primarily targeted at the ...


How Mobile Phones Help Learning In Secondary Schools, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Nadja Heym Dec 2007

How Mobile Phones Help Learning In Secondary Schools, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Nadja Heym

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

This research took place in 2007-8, at a time when mobile phones had become small, personal computers, providing clock, calendar, games, music player, Bluetooth connection, Internet access, and high-quality camera functions in addition to voice calls and short messaging. The Mobile Life Youth Report (2006) found that by the time they reach secondary school, 91% of 12 year olds in the UK have a mobile phone. Even though recent phone models, sometimes called ‘smart phones’, allow users to read pdf formats, spreadsheets and word-processed files, they have been more usually seen as disruptive, rather than useful, in school education.


Mobile Phones For Learning In Mainstream Schooling: Resistance And Change, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young Dec 2007

Mobile Phones For Learning In Mainstream Schooling: Resistance And Change, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

This paper, based on empirical research, considers how structure and agency together reproduce the social practices surrounding mobile phone use in secondary schools in the United Kingdom. Many schools have policies banning their use in class, reflecting and supporting the dominant social construction of mobile phones as tools for social use, but not for learning. This study aimed to understand how mobile phones could support learning in secondary schools, and identified activities across many subject areas and year levels. It also showed that hands-on experience had a positive effect on students’ attitudes to mobile phones for learning in school. The ...


The Impact Of Eportfolios On Learning, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Colin Harrison, Charles Crook, Gordon Joyes, Lindsay Davies, Tony Fisher, Richard Pemberton, Angela Smallwood Dec 2006

The Impact Of Eportfolios On Learning, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Colin Harrison, Charles Crook, Gordon Joyes, Lindsay Davies, Tony Fisher, Richard Pemberton, Angela Smallwood

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

This report presents the potential impact of e-portfolios on learning and teaching. It is based on case studies of eight projects that are in the early stages of e-portfolio use within the primary, secondary, further education (FE), higher education (HE) and adult and community learning (ACL) sectors. The report is primarily aimed at policy-makers. Harnessing Technology: Transforming Learning and Children’s Services, the e-strategy published by the DfES in 2005, sets a target of providing a ‘personalised online learning space for every learner that can encompass a personal portfolio’; this should be available to every school by 2008 (DfES, 2005 ...


Eportfolio Australia: Imagining New Literacies, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young Dec 2006

Eportfolio Australia: Imagining New Literacies, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

The second ePortfolio Australia conference is part of a Trilogy of conferences (the others are in Hong Kong and New Zealand), reflecting the growing interest around the world in recording digital evidence of achievement and stories to create and present personal and collective identities. This conference emphasises ePortfolio activity as communication, involving students, teachers, parents, employers, and reaching out into the whole community. In the 21st century there is the opportunity to use a range of literacies supported by technology, and the papers included here demonstrate how educators are taking up these opportunities. The range of presentations reflects the diversity ...


Making The Connections: Theory And Practice Of Mobile Learning In Schools, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young Dec 2006

Making The Connections: Theory And Practice Of Mobile Learning In Schools, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

This paper reviews several major theories of learning, and considers what additional theories might explain ‘mobile learning’. It then describes three small projects in Year 6 classes in English schools– where teachers and students used mobile devices over a period of several months–in order to make connections between theory and practice, and to seek new insights for theory from practice. The study found that behaviourist, constructivist and socio-cultural theories influenced teachers’ work, often simultaneously, while there was scant evidence of a symbiotic relationship between people and technology. The paper concludes that even in these early days of mobile learning ...


Researching ‘What Works’ In Boys Education: Teachers Take The Lead, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Greg Neal Dec 2006

Researching ‘What Works’ In Boys Education: Teachers Take The Lead, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Greg Neal

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

Accountability in education is often effected through mandated standards for curriculum, teacher performance and student outcomes at national or state levels, and this has increasingly occurred in Australia over the past decade. In order to make decisions regarding the achievement of these standards, evidence must be collected from sample sites or segments of the relevant populations. Funding is often linked to accountability, through reward mechanisms ‘after the event’ or through grants made a priori and requiring comprehensive reports. The evidence base is large-scale, but can lack detail. In conjunction with these levers for schools to act on current issues, their ...


Eportfolios Capturing Learning On The Move, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Frank Vetere Dec 2006

Eportfolios Capturing Learning On The Move, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Frank Vetere

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

The book takes a reflective critical look at the idea presented in many countries in Europe and elsewhere that electronic portfolios have the capacity to make a major contribution to supporting education and lifelong learning. The authors analyze and draw together the findings and experiences of practical and well-designed e-portfolio practices. The book’s main purpose is to give an idea of the power and range of e-portfolio applications for self-development, individual as well as collaborative learning, and their capacity to make a major contribution to organizational learning.


Reflecting On Ten Years Of Eportfolio Work: Where To Now For Professional Development?, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young Dec 2006

Reflecting On Ten Years Of Eportfolio Work: Where To Now For Professional Development?, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

No abstract provided.


Supporting Learning Communities For Children On Think.Com, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Karen Corneille Dec 2006

Supporting Learning Communities For Children On Think.Com, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Karen Corneille

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

This paper considers the extent to which the free, password-protected online community environment of the Oracle Education Foundation's Think.com supports children's learning. Using an interpretive approach, we analysed the uses of the environment within a broad frame of digital literacies, social interaction and facilitated collaboration, in order to identify potential for, and instances of, learning. We found that many children engaged readily with the site to display a range of digital literacies and to communicate with others, and that teachers and facilitators played a powerful role in mediating learning, managing the communities, setting guidelines for participation, and ...


Boys' Education Lighthouse Schools : Stage Two Final Report 2006, Peter Cuttance, Wes Imms, Sally Godhino, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Jean Thompson, Keryn Mcguinness, Gregory Neal Dec 2006

Boys' Education Lighthouse Schools : Stage Two Final Report 2006, Peter Cuttance, Wes Imms, Sally Godhino, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Jean Thompson, Keryn Mcguinness, Gregory Neal

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

In 2004, schools involved in BELS Stage Two focused on trialling effective approaches to addressing boys' education, and establishing appropriate evaluation tools and methodologies to monitor the impact of these interventions. In 2005, BELS clusters implemented interventions across their clusters and measured their impact on their target group of boys. The Final Report provides a detailed analysis and discussion of the key findings and experiences of the 350 project schools in stage two of the Boys' Education Lighthouse Schools Programme. The BELS program followed almost a decade of public enquiries into issues associated with boys' learning in Australian schools


Digital Portfolios: Powerful Tools For Promoting Professional Growth And Reflection, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, M Morriss Dec 2006

Digital Portfolios: Powerful Tools For Promoting Professional Growth And Reflection, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, M Morriss

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

Providing ten steps to develop portfolios that demonstrate professional growth, this complete resource presents tips and strategies for using digital technology and guidelines for creating portfolios


Comparing Online Mentoring Cases In Educational Contexts In Finland, Australia And Japan, Irja Leppisaari, Leena Vainio, Riina Kleimola, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Yukari Makino Dec 2006

Comparing Online Mentoring Cases In Educational Contexts In Finland, Australia And Japan, Irja Leppisaari, Leena Vainio, Riina Kleimola, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Yukari Makino

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

No abstract provided.


Evaluation Of An Online Community: Australia's National Quality Schooling Framework, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Keryn Mcguinness, Peter Cuttance Dec 2005

Evaluation Of An Online Community: Australia's National Quality Schooling Framework, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Keryn Mcguinness, Peter Cuttance

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

This chapter considers the development and implementation of Australia’s National Quality Schooling Framework (NQSF), created particularly for teachers and others involved in improving school education. This large-scale, highly structured, and outcome- focused community space, funded by the Australian government, was developed as a means of building and testing knowledge. Using Wenger’s infrastructure for communities of practice, the chapter evaluates the NQSF in light of its capacity for engagement, imagination, and alignment. Although these three are often intertwined, we conclude that firstly, users value the space for engagement and that this needs to be supported by a national telecommunications ...


Addressing The Education Of Boys: A Community Of Practice Approach, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Greg Neal Dec 2005

Addressing The Education Of Boys: A Community Of Practice Approach, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Greg Neal

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

The Boys’ Education Lighthouse Project (BELS) has enabled clusters of schools throughout Australia to identify, intervene, research, and report on initiatives to improve boys’ learning outcomes. In this paper we apply a community of practice model to analyse the BELS Project and consider knowledge building through student and teacher learning as the practice of the community in question. Clusters have focused on initiating new literacy programs, modifying teaching practice, introducing male role models or using ICT to improve learning outcomes. The four clusters considered in this paper show differing levels of development as communities of practice on a national scale ...


Teachers As Designers In Computer-Supported Communities Of Practice, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young Dec 2005

Teachers As Designers In Computer-Supported Communities Of Practice, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

School classes can be conceptualized as bounded communities of practice made up of teachers and students working together to build knowledge. Teachers make design decisions about physical and virtual spaces supported by information and communications technologies, and about curriculum. Design influences how students go about their work, and their learning outcomes, but its processes are rarely observed. This paper, based on observations and conversations in schools, explores how teachers engage in designing learning environments. It argues that while most teachers display leadership in design decisions for their classes, they should build on this experience to influence policy and become more ...


Joining Up The Episodes Of Lifelong Learning: A Regional Transition Project, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Angela Smallwood, Sandra Kingston, Philip Harley Dec 2005

Joining Up The Episodes Of Lifelong Learning: A Regional Transition Project, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Angela Smallwood, Sandra Kingston, Philip Harley

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

In this paper, we explore the rationale, process and outcomes of the Regional Interoperability Project on Progression for Lifelong Learning, a project that established a model of cross-sector collaboration in personal development planning technology in the UK. With specific reference to the widening participation agenda, and grounded in the perspective of lifelong learners, the project tested an approach in which discrete nodes of an individual’s learning journey are joined up through technology services. The paper describes the development of conceptual and practical tools to assist transitions between various communities of learning. A set of scenarios was developed, involving study ...


My Grandfather Is Dead: Narratives Of Culture And Curriculum, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Frank Vetere Dec 2005

My Grandfather Is Dead: Narratives Of Culture And Curriculum, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Frank Vetere

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

Curriculum, the term used to denote a course of study, has been understood in recent years as a documented program developed by experts and managed by an education authority. In many cases this has resulted in a focus on the experience and the goals of dominant cultures, so that minority groups do not feel well-represented in the curriculum. In this paper we explore the possibility of young people using mobile devices to enrich their curriculum by contributing content that encapsulates aspects of their lives. In a short project, we provided indigenous secondary school students from both urban and isolated communities ...


Teachers’ Roles And Professional Learning In Communities Of Practice Supported By Technology In Schools, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young Dec 2005

Teachers’ Roles And Professional Learning In Communities Of Practice Supported By Technology In Schools, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

This article explores four roles of teachers in classrooms using computers, from the perspective of communities of practice (Wenger, 1998). It reports on an indepth study undertaken in 12 schools, and shows that teachers appropriated technology in a range of ways to help them create classroom communities that build knowledge. Some also acted as brokers to cross classroom and school boundaries, engaging in professional learning through curriculum projects with other teachers and their students as new communities of practice formed. However, while such projects were initiated and driven by individuals and groups of teachers, their success required support through school ...


Eportfolios In Australian Schools: Supporting Learners' Self-Esteem, Multiliteracies And Reflection On Learning, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young Dec 2005

Eportfolios In Australian Schools: Supporting Learners' Self-Esteem, Multiliteracies And Reflection On Learning, Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

Electronic or ePortfolios are containers for selections of digital items – whether audio, visual, text, or a combination of these – generally used to show individual learning. Large-scale systems are being developed in Europe and the United States, based on specially-designed proprietary or open-source software. In contrast, most Australian ePortfolio projects in schools are small-scale, locally-developed attempts to take advantage of digital formats to develop a range of literacies, express learners’ identities and present achievements to various audiences. This paper describes recent school-based examples reported by teachers and students and concludes that teachers believe that important outcomes lie in increasing self-esteem, improving ...