Abstract: The facilitators maintain that iPortfolio and iAssessment are the two essential elements of a sustainable interactive digital learning environment Integrating interactivity "i" through the introduction of iPortfolio and iAssessment in higher education is an innovative approach Its main aim is to sustain learner engagement and assess learner progression using interactive formative assessment techniques such as timely feedback using available digital and non-digital tools and techniques The facilitators of this workshop introduce and discuss different thinking tools and procedures for supporting critical and creative thinking The iPortfolio and iAssessment approach will be case studied through unique innovative solution(s) based on typical available resources, learners expectations, difficulty level of the learning materials, etc
The overarching goal is to transfer the conceptual and practical ideas of iportfolios and iassessment applications to the professional learning contexts of the participants.
In this tutorial session the Chairs’ will introduce the concept of interactive eportfolios and associated interactive assessment strategies and how this can enable sustainable learning within the higher education curriculum. The Chairs’ will explain the concepts and strategies involved with appropriate examples. A discussion of the usefulness of iportfolios and iassessment for digital citizens as professional learners will be engaged in. This will focus on inclusion of people from different cultural backgrounds engaged in professional learning around the world. The Chairs’ will invest time with the participants to discuss the significance of the global skills development programme they initiated whilst based at the Tokyo Institute of Technology during the Summer & Fall 2015. The Participants will be organised into working groups to create some examples of professional learning activities based on their professional context, which will then be disseminated via individual group presentations.
We would require internet access and Mac enabled presentation equipment and participants should at least bring a portable device to work on such as an ipad, mac computer, SMART phone etc.
Professor Madhumita Bhattacharya and Professor Steven Coombs are the chairs of the E-learning Special Interest Group on Sustainable Learning Technologies
Professor Madhumita Bhattacharya is the Founder and Director of New Paradigm Solutions Limited. She was formerly appointed as a professor of Educational Technology at the Department of Computer Science, School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo. Professor Bhattacharya has been engaged in Faculty Development, Teacher Education, Professional Learning, Global Skills curriculum development etc. She received several international grants and awards including Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowship, Hewlett Packard Technology for Teaching in Higher Education Grant Award and JSPS Invitation Fellowship to conduct research at the Open University of Japan. She was a professor and chair of eLearning at the University of the South Pacific, chair of Japan Program at the Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives, University of Victoria, Canada. She also worked at National Institute of Education, Singapore, Athabasca University, Canada; Massey University, New Zealand; Hyogo University of Teacher Education, Japan; University of Tartu, Estonia and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Her recent co-edited book: Bhattacharya, M., Mach, N. & Moallem, M. (2011). Emerging Technologies in Learning: Impact on Cognition and Culture. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
Professor Steven Coombs is HBMSU’s Doctoral Program Director with a distinguished international career in the fields of Professional Learning and Educational Technology; formerly, a special appointment professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology developing a global skills curriculum. Previously, Steve was Head of the School of Education and Professor of Teacher Education at the University of the South Pacific. Prior to that; Head of Continuing Professional Development at Bath Spa University in the UK for 11 years. Steve also worked at Sonoma State University, California and at the National Institute of Education in Singapore and other European institutions such as CERN. His recent major publication from Palgrave Macmillan is: Coombs, Potts & Whitehead (2014): International Educational Development and Learning through Sustainable Partnerships: Living Global Citizenship.