April 24, 2015
The ePortfolio and Identity Conference (ePIC - www.epforum.eu) is pleased to announce a Humanitarian Learning and Development theme for the conference in Barcelona, June 8-10, 2015. This theme is being presented in partnership with Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) and DisasterReady.org.
The humanitarian workforce numbers over a quarter of a million people from all over the world working in a wide variety of occupations.
In recent years, there has been a growing move toward professionalisation of the sector for improved quality of outcomes. Along with the identified need for improved system quality is the growing realisation that better methods must be found to develop, recognize and share the professional skills of a highly mobile humanitarian workforce.
These professional skills are often developed outside the classroom, while the people acquiring them are solving complex problems and saving lives. Yet there is a lack of effective methods to assess and recognize these skills for the purposes of professional learning, navigating career pathways, workforce planning and knowledge management.
Humanitarian Learning and Development at ePIC 2015
At ePIC 2015, MSF and DisasterReady.org will encourage humanitarian organizations to consider the pivotal role that educational technologies can play in human capital development for the sector. These technologies include Personal Learning Environments, ePortfolios and competency credentials using Open Badges.
Conference programming for this theme will include a keynote session, detailed presentations and a breakout workshop on Day 3 with the goal of creating a Special Interest Group for Humanitarian Learning and Development, with a focus on Personal Learning Environments, ePortfolios and Open Badges.