10th international conference DisCo 2015: From analog education to digital education


MaharaCZ after DisCo15

ePortfolio tool Mahara was introduced to the Czech higher education in 2009 at Brno Masaryk University thanks to Petr Sudicky and especially to Sigi Jakob Kühn aka the Networking Lady who gave her Mahara workshop there. Since then there has been some pilots and studies run and ePortfolio has been adopted with certain difficulties at some institutions. At the University of Pardubice Mahara ePortfolio was installed in 2012. In the past two years it has been successfully tested, implemented by several teachers and used in language teaching and learning, in international cooperation and projects, and piloted in teacher training. 

In 2014 MaharaCZ was established and has been maintained mainly by the University of Pardubice. Thanks to DisCo15, networking possibilities there, hard work of Sigi Jakob Kühn, international community support and learning possibilities provided by numerous experts in the field there is a potential to create a small but active community of several Czech universities and professionals employing ePortfolio in their learning and teaching.


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DisCo 2015 conference reflection

From June 22nd to June 24th I attended DisCo conference in Prague for the fourth time. I regularly go to this conference to meet international professionals in the field of educational technology from all around the world and to learn about the newest trends and research outcomes. This year again there were experts from many countries such as Spain, Austria, Poland, Hungary, and Kosovo to name a few. 

We could hear many interesting contributions about iPads in education, ePortfolio use, data mining and data security and about Open Badges.

Me and my collegue Pavel Brebera presented our two-year experience of using badges in language teaching and learning at the University of Pardubice with relation to our Moodle courses, Mahara ePortfolio and Open Badge Passport/Veriod integration.

We also learnt about the state of the art of the Open Badges and open credentials from our colleague and collaborator Jakub Stogr

In general I was impressed by the quality of the keynote speakers and by the level of the conference organisation and networking not speaking of the conference venue Paralelní Polis