Pathbrite Next Generation ePortfolios Debut at SXSWedu Conference

Pathbrite CEO to Speak on Panel Addressing the Liberation of Student Data

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Austin, TX (PRWEB) March 06, 2012

Pathbrite (formerly rrripple) introduced its next-generation ePortfolio platform and knowledge graph at South-by-Southwest EDU (SXSWedu) today. Pathbrite ePortfolios enable individuals to go beyond static resumes to vividly chronicle and showcase a lifetime of achievement in order to secure important goals like getting into a preferred school or landing a first job.

Institutions such as schools, universities or corporations use the Pathbrite ePortfolio platform to gain better insight into the performance and achievement of both individuals and that of a given cohort, such as a classroom or full student body. The Pathbrite knowledge graph is a secure cloud-based repository of data that, when aggregated and normalized, enables institutions to track group performance and to benchmark it against that of other, similar institutions.

“The competition to get into the school of your choice or the job of your dreams is greater than at any point in American history,” said Pathbrite CEO Heather Hiles. “Moreover, institutions are also eager to find ways to better compete and differentiate themselves through the development of their students or employees. Both trends are driving the adoption of our next generation ePortfolio platform, which is powered by the Pathbrite knowledge graph.”

Pathbrite ePortfolios and its knowledge graph also give students full control over all the evidence of their learning and achievement, including certified transcripts, report cards and earned credentials. Much of a student’s learning data has been trapped in digital “walled gardens” making it difficult for them to easily present that data to whichever audience would benefit from it. Pathbrite eliminates this problem and the need to rely on the USPS or other outmoded ways to transmit official documents and data on student achievement.

“With Pathbrite, students can decide which items best reflect their own learning outcomes from the course,” said University of Illinois, instructor at the graduate School of Library and Information Science, Safiya Noble. “Our students are focused on collecting and analyzing media and Pathbrite not only displays and showcases that content for our course, but also helps them provide employers with three-dimensional views into their knowledge and skills.”

Hiles will be the featured speaker at a panel discussion on the subject of student data portability during the conference:

Liberating Student Data Using Next Generation ePortfolios
Hilton Austin – Downtown, Room 412

Thursday, March 8th, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. CST

Session Description: Students have work product, transcripts and other evidence of learning and achievement trapped inside of LMS's, SIS's, and other digital “walled gardens”. Students should have more control over this data, including its portability. Moreover, innovative higher ed and K-12 institutions are clamoring for tools to optimize learning outcomes and help their students differentiate themselves from other applicants when applying to colleges or for highly coveted job opportunities. Our in-depth discussion of how ePortfolios can track knowledge and achievement will provide the audience information for how to optimize student success, all while giving the student more control over all the evidence of their learning and abilities. Ed Tech start-up CEO Heather Hiles of Pathbrite will lead the discussion.

Pathbrite ePortfolios are available to any individual for free. To get started building an ePortfolio, simply go to http://www.pathbrite.com. Institutions interested in learning more about the Pathbrite ePortfolio platform and knowledge graph should visit http://www.pathbrite.com/institutions.

About Pathbrite
Pathbrite next generation ePortfolios help individuals and institutions collect, track and showcase achievement of any kind, while the Pathbrite knowledge graph recommends pathways for continuous success through recommendations, goal-tracking and benchmarking. For more information, visit http://www.pathbrite.com.

About SxSWedu

SxSWedu seeks to converge the wide variety of stakeholders who share an interest in 21st Century innovation and best practices. Attendees represent not only education professionals including teachers, administrators and university professors, but also business, industry and policy leaders who all share a keen interest in modernizing teaching and learning. SXSWedu 2012 will occur March 6-8, 2012 at the Downtown Hilton in Austin, Texas in advance of SxSW Interactive, Music and Film festivals.

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