Learners no longer need to use paper portfolios. Using City & Guilds Learning Assistant's e-portfolio system means that weighty lever arch folders are a thing of the past. With internet connection, Learners are able to access their e-portfolio at any time. Learners can now work at their own speed, from any location.
The Course Folder is split into units, elements, and performance criteria. The folder also holds the Awarding Organisation standards that need to be met. Key documentation, such as course notes, can be added electronically. This central store of material allows Learners to work where and when they please. There is no longer the need to have hardcopy notes - everything is viewable on the screen. Learners can readily see their progression through the qualification.
As Learners build their e-portfolio, City & Guilds Learning Assistant allows them to store and manage documents online. Learners record work which is used as evidence of "standards achieved". All evidence is stored in the Evidence Folder, and can be recorded in any digital format, from Word documents to video files. Uploading evidence is no more difficult than attaching a document to an email. Once uploaded, a piece of evidence can be cross-referenced into any section of the qualification, and then electronically submitted for assessment. Assessors, Internal and External Verifiers can then review the work as necessary.
The relationship between Learners and Assessors/Internal Verifiers is supported through the provision of an online "Contact Diary". This delivers a private, personalised record of the learning strategy agreed. Feedback on progress and summaries of one-to-one reviews can be recorded here, so that when the EV looks at an e-portfolio they see the complete audit trail.
With City & Guilds Learning Assistant, Learners are truly empowered to manage their own learning. Freed from the constraints of traditional training methods, Learners are able to work anywhere, at anytime, without having to sacrifice the vital support of their trainers. The result is a personalised, collaborative learning program that accelerates learning, and improves the quality of the learning experience.