Kirstie Coolin: We are all individuals! knowledge exchange, open data, portfolios and discovery in an accessible employabiity ecosystem


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Presented at the CETIS/CIEPD event Future Learners, new Opportunities and Technology at the University of Nottingham on 11th December 2012

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  • Sharon – talk about new projectKirstie – talk about open data / tech bit
  • The Centre for International ePortfolio Development at the University of Nottingham is developing the concept of an Employability Ecosystem. This describes a loose network of lightweight systems and services, flexibly joined through web services and open interoperability to provide individuals with access to information, content and the personal connections they need to manage their access to career/learning information, learning, transition into and out of education and employment. This concept has evolved through project work implementing ePortfolio and open standards with regional groups, connecting employers, learners, education institutions and careers services via a web-service enabled set of functions and interfaces.
  • The growth in open data initiatives, open standards, semantic web, webservice enabled websites and applications, mobile technology and applications means that there are opportunities to be creative with IT used for learning. These tools are available for individuals (with access to the web). How can these best be utilised to support implicit or explicit “lifelong learning”?Open data is a growing initiative worldwide, and more and more holders of data are becoming aware of the benefits of opening up their information in machine-readable formats. Education lags behind the pace of mobile app development, but there is a lot to be learned from this approach in terms of ‘hooking’ people into ultra-usable systems.
  • Common themes running through all this work include opening up data silos through use of open standards (such as Leap2A and XCRI) and web-service technology, and making use of seemingly peripheral open data sources available on the web. Educational institutions and government departments contain vast amounts of knowledge-related data, including learner-owned content. These data sources include courses information, ePortfolio-related data, research expertise, competence profiles and learner-destination data.Opening these up and applying open standards and service-oriented techniques and combining these through common vocabularies and ontologies with open data sources such as geographical positioning services, labour market information and trends, employment opportunities, transport and business information allows a powerful, and empowering, sub-strata of related information to be aggregated in numerous and unpredictable ways.
  • Kirstie Coolin: We are all individuals! knowledge exchange, open data, portfolios and discovery in an accessible employabiity ecosystem

    1. 1. We are all Individuals!Knowledge exchange, open data,portfolios and discovery in an accessibleemployability ecosystemFuture Learners, New Opportunities and TechnologyNottingham 11th December 2012Kirstie CoolinHead of the Centre for InternationalePortfolio Development (CIePD)Libraries and Research and
    2. 2. Yes. We are all individuals I’m not12/10/2012 Event Name and Venue 2
    3. 3. Are we heading toward homogenisation? League tables/Rankings Globalisation Shrinking of subjects Fees? Students as consumers? Targeted/corporate research Funding squeeze/ greater competition What about Personalisation, Lifelong 3
    4. 4. How can innovation and enterprise be realised in this space?How can we encourage opportunity and develop a wide-ranging skills-base?Won’t this be expensive?How can we harness technology to underpin learner journeys? 4
    5. 5. Employability EcosystemLocating linked functions to support apersonalised “lifelong learning journey”Linking: learner-centred ePortfolio functionalitywith regional learning communities, connectingemployers, learners, education institutions andcareers services. Facilitating the networks andcommunities required for learning andprogression.Using: open standards, security, webservices, open data, semantic technology
    6. 6. These are the tools we have Information Content Connections People Open data Open standards Web services Mobile tech Semantic web OER APIs
    7. 7. What does the infrastructure look like?Data layer Open data Institutional/open Other available Personal data E.g. Maps/transport data data Social networking Government E.g. courses data E.g. OER Profiles data/stats Analytics social/profession ePortfolio / Labour market learning outcomes al networks skills/competence Competences Research/journals MOOC/courses Badges Businesses Grad destinations Service layer – linked data/semantic, combined data sets, open standards, services XCRI LEAP2A Learner at Competence LTI RSS HR-XML the heart New data created via system use – sent back to the service layerApplication layer education course Any Other Consuming research careers business Networks institutions finders services / mobile Richer personal connections, coursedata, career information, businessintelligence, CRM, marketing, employer Kirstie Coolinengagement, alumni, graduate University of Nottingham December 2012destination, employability etc.
    8. 8. Potential Outcomes? • Richer knowledge & transparency • Targeted and lightweight apps • Better analytics • Accessibility of data/information/knowledge • Direct relationships between students/employers • Better understanding of skills gaps and employer requirements • Networking for employability • Find employment opportunities/placements • Access to informal educational opportunities10/12/2012 8
    9. 9. Thank YouKirstie CoolinHead of the Centre for International ePortfolioDevelopment (CIePD)Libraries and Research and Learning