Currently, Belgium is preparing the next training week taking place in Leuven from 19/2/2018 till 23/2/2018. On Tuesday, a dissemination event will be organized where all of you are invited. Soon, more information will be available on this EEP website.
Specifically for UC Leuven, I can inform you that we are preparing the pilot activity of the ePortfolio which includes the strategy for students to make a considered choice between our two different educational degrees. With some preliminary questions such as ‘How do you make this choice?’ and ‘Which elements influence your choice?’, we help students from the first year to choose between ‘Pharmaceutical and biological laboratory technology’ (FBT) or ‘Medical laboratory technology’ (MLT). A choice students have to make after they finished our first year.
This pilot activity will be the first time that ePortfolio is introduced in our educational program ‘Biomedical laboratory technology’. With the help of this EEP project, we will not only show students the benefits of ePortfolio, but also to our lecturers and other stakeholders like internship mentors.
In March, we will start with one activity of our ePortfolio, as mentioned before, but in September we will implement our ePortfolio completely as part of the three year study cycle in our educational program. The main aim of our ePortfolio is to make some learning outcomes, of which the most are more generic competences, more visible in our curriculum. The structure of the ePortfolio is as indicated in this figure:
Our ePortfolio will consist of three parts, each containing several tasks. The parts are ‘Lifelong learning’, ‘My (study)career’ and ‘Social responsibility’. Additionally, ‘My personal growth’ contributes to all other parts and can be seen as a fourth part. Each part will offer some (reflective) tasks that students need to combine in their ePortfolio.
The pilot activity is a part of ‘My (study) career’.
You can imagine that during this period there is a lot of interesting work to be done on ePortfolio at UC Leuven.
March will be an exciting month for us with the planned training/dissemination in Portugal, Setúbal, were we will be able to share students perspectives and experiences regarding ePortfolio amongst different partners.
The UCLL-pilot is the educational program ‘Biomedical laboratory technology’ which is located at two different campuses (Leuven-Diepenbeek) due to a recent merger. At the moment we are working on a common curriculum for both campuses which takes into account the recent and future evolutions in the working field and tackles some existing problems. A lot of ideas concerning ePortfolio are circulating. We want to use ePortfolio to solve some of the existing obstacles like visualization of generic competences and optimalisation of internship assessment. During the project contacts with project partners make those ideas change, extend,…
At this stage we don’t use an ePortfolio yet and that’s why the questioning of our students might have a slightly different outcome compared to the other partners. For us –and hopefully also for you- it was very interesting to ask our senior year students whether they think an ePortfolio would be useful during their internship, for example to communicate between different stakeholders. Besides that, the questionnaire also focused on more general aspects like students motivation to work with ePortfolio and the supports they need. For us, the results of the questionnaire reflect students ideas and perspectives on ePortfolio. Due to the fact that students are the educational clients of our curriculum, these ideas and expectations will be taken into account while implementing ePortfolio into the new curriculum.
Besides our meeting in Setúbal we will have a lot of international contacts at our campus in Leuven this month, since we are organizing an international week. This annual event was organized for the first time in 2008
The objectives of this week are:
- make an offer to students who do not participate in international exchanges to develop their international competences;
- pooling visits of international partners and offer them an interesting, inspiring and vibrant week;
- strengthening our partnernetwork (national and international);
- initiate international education and/or research projects.
Over the years this event has grown bigger and bigger. At this moment we welcome over 50 national and international partners and ± 60 incoming international students.
We are looking forward to meet all our international partners this month!
Ellen – Karolien UC Leuven