Can you use an eportfolio to deliver the new apprenticeship standards?
The new apprenticeship standards represent a shift from assessing to learning.
The way learners are evaluated has changed... the role of the assessor has changed... and how learners are monitored, assessed and graded has changed.
And because of this, eportfolios have had to change too.
With the old frameworks, learners could upload evidence of the skills to their eportfolio, and assessors could log on to assess it. Then once the learner had met all the criteria, they’d be signed off as having completed the programme. It’s how apprenticeships had always worked – so it’s how eportfolios worked too.
But with the new standards, everything’s changed. Apprentices still need to meet the criteria outlined in the standard – but instead of evidencing their competencies, learners need to demonstrate what they’ve learnt to pass their course.
Learners aren’t assessed throughout their programme anymore – instead, their learning is assessed during the end-point assessment (EPA). Some EPAs include a portfolio showcase where the apprentice has to present their best evidence of learning to their assessor.
And then there’s off-the-job training. The new standards include a 20% off-the-job training requirement which has to be recorded and reported on during audit.
These are just some of the new requirements in apprenticeship standards, but even these 3 examples show that the old basic eportfolios aren’t up to scratch.
Eportfolios have had to change.
At OneFile, we’ve upgraded our learning software and added 2 new features – our VLE and learning journal. It’s no longer just an eportfolio, it’s an all-in-one learning software with everything you need to deliver the new apprenticeship standards.
OneFile’s VLE is the first in the world to fully integrate with an eportfolio, so you can build content, map criteria, track progress and send feedback in one unified system. It’s also the only VLE with preloaded standards – helping you map elearning content to learning aims.
OneFile’s learning journal is the first learner-led platform that makes it easy to gamify, evidence and measure learning on the fly. Users can create a scrollable timeline that shows evidence of learning occurring – which is exactly what Ofsted in looking for.
Learners can create an online collection of their best evidence and download it into a read-only file. This can then be sent to the EPAO before assessment and presented to the end-point assessor during the assessment.
Our qualification specialists build bespoke learning aims in house, so you can customise your standards.
OneFile still has a trusty eportfolio with a built-in reporting suite, assessment plan templates, off-the-job training tracker, and offline app. It has all the features you need for apprenticeships, plus a whole ton of added extras.
These are just some of the features we’ve built so OneFile can deliver the new apprenticeship standards. To find out exactly what you need from a learning software to deliver the new apprenticeship standards, download our free checklist.
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