Portfolio Evaluation in Lifelong Learning improving Employability of Adult learners.
Portfolio Evaluation in Lifelong Learning improving Employability of Adult learners (short name: PELLEA)
- To investigate current practice of portfolio evaluation in the educational sector in the participating countries – including IT education
- To develop a method for portfolio evaluation including assignments and evaluation procedures in IT education for adults
- To train teachers and students in the IT area to use the developed portfolio evaluation method – as a part of interactive evaluation
- To test and evaluate the portfolio evaluation method with small groups of students in IT education
There is a differentiation between direct and indirect target group - or beneficiaries - of the portfolio method:
- The direct target group consists of the teachers/ trainers and learners (of all ages) in IT programs.
- The indirect beneficiaries are the training program-developers, and (inter-) national counsels for qualifications and certificates at one hand. At the other hand employers will discover that portfolio evaluation provides much more useful information about the real capacities of candidate employers.
There will be six project meetings, in two years, to coordinate the main activities. The project will start with a survey of Portfolio practise in various sectors of education in general, including an overview of possible applications in IT training. The information that is gained will be used to develop a set of practise oriented assignments and evaluation procedures for a Portfolio context in IT training, with special attention for the learning process of adults.
The Portfolio method will be tested with small groups of students in IT training. For that purpose a manual or a set of guidelines will be produced, including instruction materials for teachers and instructors in IT training, providing them with feedback and support on the use of Portfolio for testing and evaluation. An interactive version of this manual will be made available on the project's website. Serving primarily the learners themselves, a web-based tool for building individual Portfolio's will be produced. Finally a report on testing the Portfolio method by students (adult learners) in IT training and their teachers will be produced. This fieldwork survey will be based on active and permanent monitoring of their learning and evaluation process. As part of the ongoing dissemination process of the proceedings and outcomes of the project a website will be set up with the characteristic of a journal: all relevant aspects and activities will be logged on a weekly basis.
Expected outcomes: the very first result will be a report on the present situation with regard to portfolio testing in IT-training and education in general. Next, a sample of Portfolio related test assignments and evaluation procedures will be produced for the IT training sector, keeping in mind the specific features and requirements of adult learning. The assignments and evaluation procedures are part of a manual and a web-based interactive version providing information and support to teachers on the use of the Portfolio method. A web-based tool will support individual adult learners to set up their personal Portfolio.
2 years (Oct 1, 2003 - Sep 30, 2005)
Odense Technical College, Denmark (promoter)
Folkuniversitetet Lund, Sweden
Aisteda University Foundation, Romania
Atrium Research and Innovation, Holland
Klaipeda University, Lithuania
Gruppo CSCS, Italy
Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania (evaluator)