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Inspire Open for Business - 30 May 2012

The Inspire Centre was launched yesterday and I had the privilege of attending. More information about Inspire can be found here:

The centre was opened by Professor Stephen Parker (Vice-Chancellor University of Canberra with link to his blog post) and Minster for Education Andrew Barr, and Director-General of the ACT Education & Training Directorate Diane Joseph.

Currently I am working with members of the academic community at UC on the use of digital portfolios in education and professional spaces. This is a budding community and in order to grow we are forming a community of practice. As an outcome of the first meeting of this community, the e-Portfolio Jam event held in Inspire on the 23rd May this year, I have put forward a proposal to Inspire to host the first of many ACT wide symposiums on digital portfolio use (given the mandate of Inspire to work across the education sector and government community this will logically include higher education, K-12, government and tertiary sectors).

The symposiums would be help twice a year during low points in staff workloads, December and May/June. The symposium would enable people to break out into themes based on sector, but people would be able to move freely from room to room learning about practices in the different contexts. This will maximise the cross pollination of ideas and give the most benefit to people in terms of learning new "tips and tricks". Being able to observe what others are doing was a major desire from the participants at the e-Portfolio Jam.

An expert reference group made up of voluntary members will also be formed but this group will not be connected with a centre, it will be available anytime to provide advice and support to people integrating digital portfolios in their education practice or professional practice.


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