Interoperability specifications

stumbled upon the word “interoperability” last friday while attending a workshop with guat kheng at 1 marina boulevard. she related the word to eportfolio interoperability, and this morning i saw these 2 related links, what a coincidence!
1. IMS Global Learning Consortium ePortfolio Specification – was created to make ePortfolios interoperable across different systems and institutions.
2. ePplusfest – organised to present the state of the art of ePortfolio technologies and demonstrate and explore the possibilities for interoperability between ePortfolio platforms and other information systems


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Continuing on the Portfolio theme

This posting by Graham Attwell mentioned the growing interest of eportfolio in Europe because of “an increased interest on personal learning” … “and of course it’s partly due to the ongoing pressure for lifelong learning”.
Attwell defines the following activities in developing a portfolio:
* Identifying learning and achievement
* Reflecting on learning and achievement
* Recording learning and achievement
* Validating learning and achievement
* Presenting learning and achievement
and the sentence that i find most interesting follows: “Assessing plays no part in this.” this really makes me ponder, does assessing a portfolio ‘kills’ a portfolio? if so, how are we going to resolve the assessment issue, which is one of the core concern of our teachers? *hmm*