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ePIC 2014 Newsflash

February 2014


ePIC 2014
9-10-11 July 2014


Editorial: Open Education, Open Government?

ePIC 2014 Update

  • 3 March 2014 Deadline for submission of abstracts​

  • ePIC 2014 Keynote  Speakers​

    • Alfie Kohn, author of Punished by Rewards

    • Gill White, CIPD

Europortfolio News

  • New Europortfolio Polish Chapters


  • Mahara UK, 17-18 July 2014, Brighton, UK
  • APT 2014, 8 July 2014, Greenwich, UK
  • AAEEBL 5th Annual Conference, 28-31July 2014, Boston, USA


Open Education, Open Government​?


Open Learning, Open Education, Open Educational Resource (OER), Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Open Badges, Open Assessment, Open Quality, Open Source, Open Data, Open Knowledge... In the world of education the word "Open" seems to have become the new punctuation mark, like "f***" in a Tarantino movie or the more recent The Wolf of Wall Street (569 utterances, 3.18 every minute — source). 

Yet, a number of recent legislations and revelations might tend to confirm that the expression Open Government should come top on the list of oxymorons along with military intelligence and French modesty. We live in a time that should delight Samuel Huntington, the father of The Clash of Civilizations, who in 1975 wrote:

Al Smith once remarked that "the only cure to the evils of democracy is more democracy." Our analysis suggests that applying that cure at present time could well be adding fuel to the flames. [...] the effective operation of a democratic system requires some measure of apathy and noninvolvement on the part of some individuals and groups. In the past, every democratic society has had a marginal population, of greater or lesser size, which has not participated actively in politics. [...] The vulnerability of democratic government in the United States thus comes not primarily from external threats, though such threats are real, nor from internal subversion from the left of the right, although both possibilities could exist, but rather from the internal dynamics of democracy itself in a highly educated, mobilized and participant society. Source: The Crisis of Democracy, Kyoto May 1975.

For Samuel Huntington, the source of the problems with democracy is not the lack of education, but the fact that education could increase participation in the political system. Democracy needs to keep certain groups marginal:

In itself, this marginality on the part of some groups is inherently undemocratic, but it has also been one of the factors which has enabled democracy to function effectively. Marginal social groups, as in the case of the blacks, are now becoming full participants in the political system. Yet the danger of overloading the political system with demands which extend its functions and undermine its authority still remains. (ibid.)

Is Open Education compatible this type of democracy? If the answer is yes, then Open Education should probably be treated as yet another oxymoron. While a number of actors equate Open Education with free education, Opening Education is much more than making learning free for all —a possible means, not an ultimate end. Opening Education is about learning to make us free, it is the learner, the citizen who is freed, ultimately. And in our view, this freedom has a corollary: Open Government and Open Governance.

If you want to contribute to this reflection, explore further how Opening Things can contribute not just to further studies and employment, but to actively participate in an open and democratic society, please join us at ePIC 2014! Open Badges for Open Politicians?

Serge Ravet, ADPIOS, Europortfolio, and French :-)


ePIC 2014 - 3 March 2014 Deadline for Submission of Abstracts

How digital technologies transform the way we collect, organise, visualise and exploit evidence to inform future learning





ePIC 2014, the 12th international ePortfolio and Identity Conference, is inviting authors to submit research papers, case studies, work in progress, position papers, workshops and posters in relation to Evidence-Based Learning.

Conference Tracks

  • Open Badges —making learning and competencies visible and discoverable (special track).
  • Assessment and Accreditation — ePortfolios for self- peer- and external assessment.
  • Identity Construction — ePortfolio, social networks, web 2.0.
  • Healthcare Education and Practice —ePortfolio from patients to healthcare professionals.
  • Initial Education —ePortfolio from kindergarten to further and higher education.
  • Individual and Community Learning - individual and collective ePortfolios
  • Employability and Lifelong Learning —ePortfolio for employees, self-employed and entrepreneurs.
  • Policies  —ePortfolio and identity initiatives from a single institution to a whole country.
  • Technologies —identity and ePortfolio tools, platforms, systems, architectures, protocols and standards.

More on the call at:

ePIC 2014 Calendar

-> 3 March Deadline for submission of abstracts
31 March Authors notification of acceptance*
9 June Deadline for the submission of long/short papers
9-10-11 July
30 August
Deadline for the submission of the final version of papers
Publication of the proceedings

* Once abstracts is accepted, authors need to register as presenter in order to be included in the conference's programme.

More information on the call:


ePIC 2014 Keynote Speakers


International Journal of ePortfolio

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Alfie Kohn, author of Punished by Rewards  

Alfie Kohn has been described in Time magazine as "perhaps the country's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades [and] test scores." His criticisms of competition and rewards have helped to shape the thinking of educators -- as well as parents and managers -- across the country and abroad. Kohn has been featured on hundreds of TV and radio programs, including the "Today" show and two appearances on "Oprah"; he has been profiled in the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, while his work has been described and debated in many other leading publications.

Kohn's various books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, German, Italian, Swedish, Dutch, Polish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Arabic, Hebrew, Thai, and Malaysian.

   Punished by Rewards Book Cover      The Schools our Children Deserve Book Cover 


Gill White, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Gill WhiteWe have the pleasure to welcome a representative of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development​ (CIPD), the UK professional body for Human Resources and people development with over 130,000 members internationally - working in HR, learning and development, people management and consulting across private businesses and organisations in the public and voluntary sectors.

Gill joined the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in July 2012 as Head of CIPD Training. She was appointed in May 2013 to head up the newly formed Directorate of Capability and Career Development. Gill’s  responsibility  is to drive the design and delivery of development solutions that support the profession from start of career to end. Prior to working for the CIPD Gill has held a variety of Head of L&D roles at Vodafone, Xchanging and SSP and Operational roles; such as MD of the consultancy IDology; Op’s manager for Whitbread, Greenalls and Vodafone.

Gill holds the prestigious Chartered Director status, one of only 1000 in the UK; Awarded by the Institute of Directors.

The CIPD has links with over 100 similar institutions and associations across the world and are active members of the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA), the European Association for People Management (EAPM) and the International Federation of Training and Development Organisations (IFTDO).


Europortfolio News




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Polish Europortfolio Chapter launched

Polish Europortfolio Chapter was successfully launched on 16.01.2014 during the seminar "Management of self-development as an important managerial competence" in Warsaw. 

During this meeting, Agnieszka Chrząszcz presented important issues about the e-portfolio:

  • opportunities for trainers and managers to use and contribute to Europortfolio
  • e-Portfolio - only digital tool for planning, documenting and presenting the way of self-development or something more?
  • possibilities of e-Portfolio - main features and possible ways to work with this tool.
  • advantages for individuals and others with the use of e-Portfolio.
  • for what can we use e-Portfolio?
  • best practices of using e-Portfolio.


Mahara UK, 17-18 July 2014, Brighton, UK

The Mahara UK Conference 2014 will be held in Brighton, East Sussex on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th July 2014. The University of Brighton and Catalyst IT are proud conference organisers of the 2014 Conference.

APT 2014, 8 July, Greenwich, UK

Connected Learning in an Open World

The Academic Practice and Technology (APT) Conference: Connected Learning in an Open World is the twelfth annual conference hosted by the eCentre at the University of Greenwich. It provides an opportunity for delegates and presenters to debate and explore the significant challenges for higher and post-compulsory education and training arising from these waves of rapid change. The conference will be a forum where policy, practice and strategic developments can be explored, discussed and shared by practitioners and researchers in a vibrant and lively atmosphere on the university's World Heritage Campus.

The themes of the conference will explore:

  • The challenges for pedagogical design and development in an open world;
  • what it means to be a connected learner and a connected institution?
  • the impact of 'disruptive' technologies on the student and academic experience, and on learning, teaching and assessment;
  • student-led learning, user-generated content and the challenges of remixing,  reusing and curating in a digital age;
  • emerging practices, tools and approaches that enhance learner engagement and transition;
  • the skills and attributes needed for the future workforce
  • the relationship between universities, colleges, new e-learners and globalised e-employers.

Call for papers

Summary of important dates 2014


Author registration opened Wednesday 9 October, 2013
Author registration closed Monday 3 March, 2014
Call for Papers posted Wednesday 9 October, 2013
Submissions accepted Wednesday 9 October, 2013
Submissions closed Monday 3 March, 2014
Resubmissions closed Monday 14 April, 2014


Reviewer registration opened Wednesday 9 October, 2013
Reviewer registration closed Monday 3 March, 2014
Tuesday 3 June, 2014
Tuesday 3 June, 2014
Tuesday 3 June, 2014

More information:

Fees discount
You can benefit from reduced fees if you register for APT and ePIC which, this year have been designed to overlap. Both take place at the University of Greenwich. When you register for APT, a discount code will be provided to register for ePIC 2014.

For further information about ePIC visit:

AAEEBL 5th Annual Conference, 28-31July 2014, Boston, USA

Engaged Learning and ePortfolios:
Advancing Learning-Centered Cultures in a Multimodal Age

Important dates:

  • Proposal Deadline: Feb 24, 2014
  • Invitations Distributed: March 24, 2014
  • Registration Opens: Late March 2014


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