Between 2009 and 2011 the Australian Flexible Learning Framework funded eight e-portfolio implementation trials at registered training organisations (RTOs) to investigate how e-portfolios can effectively support learner transitions and workforce development requirements. These trials have been categorised under two themes and have been have been documented as case studies.
Six RTOs were funded to implement an e-portfolio system which enables learners to transition efficiently into the VET sector, evidence progress through learning pathways within the VET sector, and from the VET sector into further education, employment and industry.
Coonara Community House worked with the Diploma of Children Services clients to use an e-portfolio to gather evidence to support recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Coonara Community House, Victoria
The social networking software Ning was trialled to support fire protection industry service technicians to gain recognition of their Extinguishing Agent Handling Licence competencies, and to professionally network with other remote colleagues.
Fire Protection Association Australia, Victoria case study report
An e-portfolio to was used in the workplace to support the RPL process of certificate III and IV hairdressing.
TAFE NSW (Sydney Institute), New South Wales
This trial investigated the use of the Mahara e-portfolio system to enable PWA PathWest trainees in remote regions to provide evidence of competency and skills gained through on-the-job training
Polytechnic West, Western Australia (PWA)
This trial explored the use and impact of e-portfolios to develop and track independent learning plans (ILPs) for disengaged young people.
Centre for Adult Education (CAE), Victoria
In this trial PebblePad was provided to the adult Diploma of Nursing learners to enhance the collection, organisation, communication and presentation of competency evidence.
Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS), South Australia
Two six month trials were funded todemonstrate the features of an e-portfolio system which enhance the learning experience, through individual learning plans, career development planning, and/or continuous professional development requirements.
This trial embedded the use of e-portfolio tools with trainers through the Institute’s induction program, as a way of gathering evidence of learning.
Great Southern Institute of Technology, Western Australia
In this trail an efficient mechanism was developed to support learners in collecting learning evidence to be assessed, and to explore the effectiveness of e-portfolios in communicating the competencies of learners to employers.
Victoria University, Victoria