Think Tank sessions

The three event Think Tank sessions aim to consolidate the knowledge and expertise of invited speakers and delegates who already have experience of using ePortfolios. The participative sessions are aligned with the three themes of the days and structured around ‘Lessons Learned’ combined with ‘ideas to share’ opportunities related to ePortfolio processes. Initiated by short inputs from invited guests, participants will work in small groups to exchange ideas and experiences that will be used to inform the structure for our ePortfolio project framework as well as to encourage reflection on their own practice.

  • Day 1: Planning – Theme: Key decisions, aligning roles and responsibilities within ePortfolio processes
  • Day 2: Process – Theme: Establishing partnerships, designing realistic outcomes within ePortfolio processes
  • Day 3 Product – Theme: Negotiating expectations, mainstreaming strategies from within ePortfolio processes

These one and a half hour sessions run in parallel to the afternoon workshops on each day. The sessions will lead into each other but delegates are welcome to attend one or more, depending upon their area of interest.

Indicative structure for each day

  • 14.00 – chair welcome and introductions
  • 14.15 – 14.30 – invited guest inputs/exercise
  • 14.30 – 15.15 – small groups working on questions
  • 15.15 – 15.30 – plenary and reflections from the guests/group

Detailed breakdown for each day

Day 1: Planning – Theme: Key decisions, aligning roles and responsibilities within ePortfolio processes

  • Invited guest speaker exercise – 2 mins to share a Critical incident/turning point where you changed practice as a result of an ePortfolio-related experience. Anyone free to join in after guests have contributed.
  • Small group exercise – based on your experiences, if you were advising someone thinking of using ePortfolios in the future….
    • What are the key planning questions you need to ask?
    • What needs to be done before you start to use ePortfolios?
  • Plenary and invited guest comments

Day 2: Processes – Theme: Establishing partnerships, designing realistic outcomes within ePortfolio processes

  • Invited guest speaker exercise – 2 mins to share an effective strategy where you actively involved a key stakeholder within a specific ePortfolio process. Anyone free to join in after guests have contributed.
  • Small group exercise – based on your experiences, if you were advising someone thinking of using ePortfolios in the future….
    • Who needs to be involved and when?
    • How can learning be supported and evidenced?
  • Plenary and invited guest comments

Day 3 Product – Theme: Negotiating expectations, mainstreaming strategies

  • Invited guest speaker exercise – 2 mins to share a Lesson Learned – what I wished I had known about ePortfolio processes before I started. Anyone free to join in after guests have contributed.
  • Small group exercise – based on your experiences, if you were advising someone thinking of using ePortfolios in the future….
    • How can ePortfolios be designed for different needs?
    • How can you ensure quality and standards within ePortfolio development?
  • Plenary and invited guest comments
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