Professor Marcelo Maina from the Edul@b research group has participated in the 3rd EPICA Consortium Meeting that took place in Potsdam on December 10-11, 2018. The EPICA H2020 project is a strategic partnership for the co-design of an innovative and scalable ePortfolio ecosystem to improve the quality and visibility of skills.
EPICA aims to address the skills-gap of the african countries through a process of co-design, adaptation, implementation and validation of an innovative and scalable Competency-Based ePortfolio. The solution intends to foster the adoption of new competency-based pedagogical methodologies and to face the increasing market demands in term of better-skilled workers making skills visible and comparable.
The 3rd EPICA Consortium Meeting
The meeting was organised by ICWE Germany and It was attended by representatives from all partner organisations of the consortium: ICDE (NO), MyDocumenta (ES), Open University of Tanzania (TZ), Maseno University (KE), Makerere University (UG), Open University of Catalonia (ES), the African Virtual University (KE) and ICWE (GE).
The purpose of meeting was to review the achieved milestones and the year-to-date deliverables and tasks as well as to identify and discuss potential problems, issues and challenges that could arise. UOC presented an “employability skills gap analysis” between the Higher Education system and the public and private sectors’ demand in sub-Saharan Africa (and in particular the three African participating countries), the readiness of the institutions for the adoption on an ePortfolio strategy (based on an ePortfolio maturity matrix instrument), and a “needs and requirements report” resulting from prototyping tests run with actual professors and students as part of a co-design approach of the EPICA ePortfolio. The meeting also served the purpose to introduce and start the collaboration with the newly appointed External Advisory Board (EAB).
The EPICA UOC work package is lead by Dr. Lourdes Guàrdia and participating members are Dr. Marcelo Maina and Dr. Albert Sangrà. UOC team is also composed by research assistants Federica Mancini, Pablo Jacobetty, Maite Fernández and Ana Rodera.