Developments in ePortfolios enable greater power and flexibility in displaying achievements. Current initiatives side-step the problem of inter-institutional certification rather than dealing with it. Although proprietary solutions are starting to appear, they tend to be organisation- rather than user- centric.
This project seeks to address the issue of design for a suitable user-centric "eCertificate" system by working with representatives of the community to establish use case scenarios, to verify this design by building a demonstrator, and then by testing the demonstrator within the group. The demonstrator will be based on a code library which will be developed, and both will be placed in the public domain.
The aim of the project is to implement an electronic version of a Qualification Certificates System, which will overcome the authorization problems that we are facing in ePortfolios. This eCertificate system will be at least as valid as the paper-based certificates, and will be usable either as a standalone application or fitted within other applications, such as e-Portfolios. It will be easy to use and suit all levels of students while including high security methods to prevent forgery. The students will have control over the usage of such e-Certificates, and a verification method will be provided.