Leap2A is an open specification for transferring learner-owned information between different systems, developed and piloted through three phases of project activity (see below for PIOP projects). A briefing paper was written in 2010 providing an overview of the Leap2A specification, highlighting the benefits to a range of stakeholder groups. A follow up article provided an update of progress in May 2011. A review of the future of Leap2A was completed in March 2012 and is available here.
Portfolio Interoperability Pilots (PIOP)
There have been three phases of projects developing, implementing and piloting the Leap2A specification. The initial specification was developed as part of Phase 1 which ran from December 2007 - July 2008. Further development, implementation and piloting took place in the Phase 2 round of seven projects which ran from November 2008 to March 2009. Phase 3 involved eight projects which ran from February 2010 to July 2010. This work has been community led, funded by JISC and supported by JISC-CETIS.
A consortium of e-portfolio and related system providers have been fnded to develop and test a common information model and draft specification for competence structures, to support individuals and organisations that need to exchange information about learners competences. Building on earlier interoperability work, including the development of Leap2A and XCRI, the projects main focus will be on the potential use of the draft specification in the partners' e-portfolio tools.