Desire2Learn ePortfolio tool critical addition to the Calgary Board of Education learning environment
Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn) a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, congratulates the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) on implementation of their latest Three Year Education Plan. The plan addresses the CBE mission of educating tomorrow’s citizens today, bringing specific focus to the personalization of learning for each learner in the Calgary Board of Education.
The CBE Three Year Education Plan 2009-2012 outlines actions including the implementation of flexible, individually tailored learning plans through student ePortfolios that will increase student engagement.
The Desire2learn ePortfolio is a critical addition to the CBE learning environment both within and beyond the classroom and integrates fully into their learning management system (LMS). In 2004, the Calgary Board of Education selected the Desire2Learn Learning Environment for their LMS requirements. The incorporation of ePortfolio builds upon a successful five-year partnership.
Screenshot of an introductory statement from the ePortfolio online Professional Development course at the
Calgary Board of Education
The ePortfolio provides each learner with access to a personalized environment that supports learning outcomes through connections to educators, mentors and coaches, at school, at home and in the community – anytime, anywhere. Through the use of Desire2Learn ePortfolio, new opportunities are being provided to engage, extend and enhance learning and the interaction between the learner, the curriculum and the teacher.
“With Desire2Learn ePortfolio we are able to provide innovative and expanded opportunities for students and staff to connect with one another and the community � providing a more dynamic and responsive environment for learning,” said Cathy Faber, Director, Curriculum and Learning Technologies, Calgary Board of Education. “A research study, specific to the ePortfolio launch, will be directing our understanding of the impact of this new learning environment on student success.”
Beginning in September 2009, CBE staff will be given the opportunity to explore the ePortfolio tool and its applications for both professional and classroom activities. For teachers, ePortfolios will support new approaches to assessment, new ways of supporting collaboration and the sharing of knowledge. Teachers and staff throughout the CBE will also be encouraged to develop their own ePortfolio in support of their professional learning. They will be able to sign-up for online professional development courses, work within their Professional Learning Communities and explore and discuss the value and technical environment via webinars.
Screenshot of a page from the ePortfolio online Professional Development course at the Calgary Board of Education
Throughout the fall, teachers will also be preparing students for use of the ePortfolio tool. As students demonstrate readiness, and as parents are provided with support and understanding of the new learning environment, use of ePortfolios will expand across the district. The ePortfolio tool within the Desire2Learn environment will change the way students collect, develop and share evidence of understanding and growth in their learning.
Students, as managers of their own ePortfolios, can:
- Develop and showcase their own potential
- Document their learning journey and track growth over time
- Share presentations and work collaboratively with others
- Organize and present evidence of their achievements in curricular and extra-curricular activities
- Reflect upon learning opportunities
- Invite selected peers, teachers, family and the community to view and provide feedback on their learning artifacts
“The CBE is one of Canada’s most progressive school boards and we are very pleased to be expanding our partnership with them as they continue their commitment to implementing a learning model that personalizes learning,” stated John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. �With the addition of the Desire2Learn ePortfolio into their offerings, educators, staff, students as well as parents will gain greater insight into learner outcomes, enhance collaboration and acquire a more comprehensive view of achievements.”
About the Calgary Board of Education
The CBE is the largest school board in Western Canada with close to 100,000 students and over 8,500 employees. For further information, visit: www.cbe.ab.ca.
About Desire2Learn Incorporated
Desire2Learn Incorporated is a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning solutions that enable institutions and other organizations to create teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, values, goals, pedagogical approaches and branding. Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than five million learners worldwide and clients include higher education, K-12, as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn is headquartered in Kitchener, ON, Canada with personnel located in North America, the U.K. and Australia. For more information, visit: www.Desire2Learn.com, call 1.519.772.0325 or toll-free 1.888.772.0325 (within North America), 0808.234.6744 (U.K.) and +61 412 067 308 (Australia).
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