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1 MyWorld e-Portfolio Project A case study and usability study Ellen Lessner Abingdon and Witney College George Roberts Oxford Brookes University 22 June 2006

2 Abingdon and Witney College2 With thanks to… Richard Francis Fawei Geng Neil Smith Zack Wragg Liam Kilgarriff Ian Ibbotson Rob Tice Stan Stanier Joe Rosa Sasha East Shirley Borrett Chris Foss John Webber Bonnie Ferguson Edwina Bell Artie Vossell-Newman Ellen Lessner Irmgard Huppe Rhona Sharpe Jim Hyndman Nick Jeans Dave Pickersgill Seb Schmoller Julia Duggleby Alan Dibble Anne Jones Ruth Hilbourne Alice Fox Cherie Woolmer John Lidgey Glenis Lambert Adja Cici and many many more

3 Abingdon and Witney College3 Travel required Access to HE in FE Professional Pathways Professional CVs for Recruitment HND Multimedia Access to Art PGCE Primary Refugees in HE Arts Foundation Wine Studies Brookes: Social Care Brookes: Certificate Teaching in HE CMALT BLITZ CV Builder

4 Abingdon and Witney College4 myWORLD Project Aims Implement the Petal ePortfolio Software and pilot up to 10 case studies in post compulsory education Evaluate these case studies and their impact on learners and institutions Develop a stable installation configuration of the Petal ePortfolio tool and pilot this installation on at least four servers Enrich the eportfolio experience for the learner by integrating Web Services

5 Abingdon and Witney College5 e-Portfolio Programme

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7 7 Key scaling issues 1.installation 2.localisation of the hierarchy 3.localisation of the presentation template(s) 4.localisation of the UI (principally as regards data input)

8 Abingdon and Witney College8 Evaluation OSP1.5 not good enough (but we knew that) Wait for 2.1 on Sakai - out now –But, only suited for institutions with high IT readiness factors Develop “simple” appropriate technology solutions for smaller institutions –e.g. php “CV Builder” as a Moodle activity to be run in a Moodle module Learner centred? –less so than some e-portfolio systems –but, are any?

9 Abingdon and Witney College9 Higher Education Oxford Brookes University, Health and Social Care: “Fit for Practice” – E- portfolios as tools in competency assessment for future social workers University of Brighton, Arts and Music Degree Further Education Abingdon and Witney College: Tutorial process on an Access to HE course Plumpton College, Wine Studies: Mature students HND – BA/Sc level Sussex Downs : HND Media studies Adult Community Education CUPP: Refugees: Variety of literacy levels plus ESOL CUPP: Community Arts: Entry level literacy Oxon CLSU: CV creator Professional Institutes CILIP: E portfolios for practical use by a professional body CMI: e-portfolio for Chartered Professionals CIPD: ePortfolio alternative to CV ALT: Learning Technology Professionals MyWorld Scenarios

10 Abingdon and Witney College10 Access to HE – Tutorial module The plan was… Use the ePortfolio to begin the reflective process needed to produce a good personal statement for a UCAS application Make the ePortfolio available to the interviewing tutor at the university Be a third type of CV – part of the criteria for tutorial credit

11 Abingdon and Witney College11 What the students (both IT novices) said… “I wish this worked better. It is really useful to put all your experiences and qualifications in one place.” “When I went for my interview, I was the only one there who knew what an e- Portfolio was! I was really chuffed to be able to hold my own with the tutor who interviewed me.”

12 Abingdon and Witney College12 What happened in reality… The software didn’t work until October so the students didn’t use it to reflect on their ‘life’ experiences to develop their UCAS statement. Graphic guides needed designing for each step of using PETAL. Customising the software to suit the students was not straightforward. I had help from others but PETAL was located on the ALT server and I’m not technical!

13 Abingdon and Witney College13 Lessons learned The learners really liked the idea of the e-Portfolio and were disappointed that it didn’t work better. The software has to work from the start of the year. It must be easy to customise to suit the group and easy to use by the individual. Too many logins were involved for the IT novice – the network, the VLE, remote access if off site and the PETAL login Use of the e-Portfolio had to be linked to a credit or there wouldn’t have been any incentive for them to use it in its current state. A considerable amount of time was needed to demonstrate it and to sit with those who were not IT competent.

14 Abingdon and Witney College14 Petal and Accessibility Meetings June 05 with George Roberts and Ellen Lessner Initial look at what accessibility tools worked and what needed further consideration 13 October with TechDis, K-Int, selected Case Study partners Agreed to produce an accessibility report using TechDis expertise December 2006 with Alistair McNaught and Ellen Lessner Looked at the practical issues of accessibility (accessibility statement) Commissioned Peter Rainger to do an accessibility audit (now completed)

15 Abingdon and Witney College15 Accessibility and usability Formal ‘accessibility’ testing might show Petal is ‘accessible’ Is it usable by the range of people included in the case studies? ‘Wish’ list contains features which cross the boundary “…the concept of needing helpsheets is a bit of a dead giveaway regarding usability…. I don’t see many helpsheets on Amazon!”

16 Abingdon and Witney College16 Examples from the ‘wish’ list Accessibility statement to include how to customise browser views for font/size/colour and a link to free TechDis toolbar  Accessibility statement link here (first in line) on all pages. Statement to include link to TechDis tool download plus how to customise browser options

17 Abingdon and Witney College17 Back button on each page plus symbol explanation If you use the browser back button, you can get thrown out of the portfolio  Back button needed on all pages or browser back button will be used (also back to Welcome page)  Key to what the symbols mean on each page (information/delete/add/edit) back Key to symbols 1. delete

18 Abingdon and Witney College18 Customise settings before or on entering Petal User preferences could be available on the Welcome page with links, including back to the Welcome page, on all other pages  If possible to customise setting or choose a different look of PETAL, option here.  ‘Enter’ ‘Share’ on centre page should be hyperlinks as well as menu on the side (usability/accessibility)

19 Abingdon and Witney College19 Pop up comments Used on some areas – ‘add’ and ‘delete’ – but not on ‘edit’ No comment pop up to say ‘edit element (as it does with ‘add’ and ‘delete’)

20 Abingdon and Witney College20 The ability to manage what displays on a screen is fundamental to accessibility Management of the data structure Publishing and then being unable to edit or hide various elements Template output Setting user preferences as part of PETAL instead of relying on browsers, Windows/Mac interface or independent software

21 Abingdon and Witney College21 Was it worth doing? We have said ‘yes’ to participating in the extension to the project if the software upgrade increases usability. Everyone has seen the value of it in the long run. A colleague who used it decided to apply for a management position. For more information:

22 Abingdon and Witney College22 AWCBlitzPlumpALT K-Int Joe Rosa OCSLD Brookes Interoperation Continuation

23 Abingdon and Witney College23 Continuation project aims Implement OSPv2.1 software Repeat a cycle of trials with three successful case studies –Abingdon and Witney College, access to HE in FE –Plumpton College, career planning in Wine Studies –ALT, Certified Member of ALT scheme (CMALT) Run a CPD trial with academic staff at Oxford Brookes University Implement PHP-based CV builder, in a Moodle course and trial –Blackbird Leys Community IT Hub To test interoperability between –the CV Builder and the ALT CMALT system –the Brookes CPD system and the ALT CMALT system

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25 Abingdon and Witney College25 Thank you! George Roberts Oxford Brookes University +44 (0) (0) Ellen Lessner Abingdon and Witney College +44 (0)


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