Humanitarian Learning & Development Keynote at ePIC 2015

June 10, 2015

Learning Agents worked with Médecins sans frontières (MSF- Doctors Without Borders) and DisasterReady.org to deliver a keynote panel and interactive workshop at the ePortfolio and Identity Conference in Barcelona in June 2015.

The humanitarian workforce numbers over a quarter of a million people from all over the world working in a wide variety of occupations. In recent years, there has been a growing move toward professionalisation of the sector for improved quality of outcomes. Along with the identified need for improved system quality is the growing realisation that better methods must be found to develop, recognize and share the professional skills of a highly mobile humanitarian workforce.

These professional skills are often developed outside the classroom, while the people acquiring them are solving complex problems and saving lives. Yet there is a lack of effective methods to assess and recognize these skills for the purposes of professional learning, navigating career pathways, workforce planning and knowledge management.

MSF and DisasterReady.org encouraged humanitarian organizations to consider the pivotal role that educational technologies can play in human capital development for the sector. These technologies include Personal Learning Environments, ePortfolios and competency credentials using Open Badges.

MSF's portion of the keynote has ben embedded below.

About the ePortfolio and Identity Conference (ePIC)

Since 2003, the ePortfolio and Identity Conference has been an influential forum for thought leaders from around the world to collaboratively explore futures for educational technology that shift control to the learner for sustainable lifelong learning and digital identity.