E-Portfolio to Promote the Virtual Learning Group Communities on the Grid

E-Portfolio to Promote the Virtual Learning Group Communities on the Grid

Guy Gouarderes (Laboratoire LIUPPA - Universite de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, France) and Emilie Conte (Laboratoire LIUPPA - Universite de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, France)
DOI: 10.4018/jitwe.2006040102
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Abstract

In Vocational and Educational Training (VET), new trends are toward social learning and, more precisely, toward informal learning. In such settings, this article introduces a process — the e-Qualification — to manage informal learning on the ELeGI “Learning Grid Infrastructure.” It argues that this process must occur in a social context, such as virtual communities. On the one hand, it describes their necessary characteristics and proprieties that lead to the creation of a new kind of virtual community: the Virtual Learning Grid Community (VLGC). On the other hand, e-Qualification cannot occur without the help of a kind of user’s profile, called e-portfolio. Moreover, the e-portfolio is also a process, used to manage the Virtual Learning Grid Communities. The e-Qualification and Virtual Learning Grid Communities’ management will probably rely on the cooperation of different distributed, autonomous, goal-oriented entities, called Mobile Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Agents. Furthermore, we hope that implementing these services will decrease the lack of informal learning treatment on the grid and will become the basis for new services on the Learning Grid.

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