Career Portfolio Manitoba: ePortfolio for Employability


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A new free service for Manitobans sponsored by Workplace Education Manitoba and WPLAR which helps learners improve their employabilty by developing an eportfolio starting from an Essential Skills framework.

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  • Manitoba’s economy is multifaceted with strong sectors in aerospace, mining and hydroelectric generation, agriculture and agricultural equipment, food processing, transportation equipment, pharmaceuticals, film and sound, commercial printing, transportation and distribution, and information and communication technologiesServices: 72% GDPMfg: 12%Primary: 7%A small (but mighty) place where people have mostly learned how to work together
  • 17 page reports300+, more comingIn 1994, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada launched a national research study, the Essential Skills Research Project (ESRP), to examine how the essential skills were used in various jobs. More than 3,000 interviews have now been conducted across Canada with people working in some 180 occupations.The ESRP initially focused on occupations requiring a secondary school diploma or less and on-the-job training.
  • Step 1: Identify life experiences and identify examples of essential skills that you have Include:Volunteer experiencesHobbiesSchoolWorkStep 2: Reflect – Identify knowledge, skills and attitudesWhat do I know, what can I do, what attitudes are needed? Step 3: Writing outcomes: Clear, correct and concise  Complete writing outcomes, using action words Step 4: Group into areas of expertise SMART goals Create functional lists of essential skillsCreate functional lists for areas of expertiseCreate SMART goalsSpecificMeasurableAttainableRealisticTimely Step 5: Put it all together in the portfolioIntroductionTitle PageTable of ContentsPersonal Statement or Introduction Essential Skills ListsAreas of Expertise: Knowledge, Skills and AttitudesWriting OutcomesFunctional ListsResumesCover lettersDemonstrations, certificates, transcriptsGoals/Plans
  • Career Portfolio Manitoba: ePortfolio for Employability

    1. 1. Career Portfolio ManitobaEssential Skills ePortfolio for Employability<br />Don Presant<br />Linda Maxwell<br />ePortfolio Community of Practice, Australia<br />October 29, 2010<br />
    2. 2. Manitoba,CanadaSmall province in a small country<br />Challenging geography<br />650,000 sq km (UKx2)<br />Diverse demographics<br />1.18 m (712K in Winnipeg)<br />Labour force 624K (2007)<br />Aboriginals, EAL speakers (>270K)<br />Diverse economy<br />Federal political structure<br />“Canada’s social science laboratory”<br />
    3. 3. Canada’s Essential SkillsContextualized by workplace occupation…<br />Reading text<br />Document use<br />Writing<br />Numeracy<br />Computer skills<br />Oral communication<br />Thinking skills<br />Problem Solving, Decision Making, Critical Thinking, Job Task Planning and Organizing, Significant Use of Memory, Finding Information<br />Working with others<br />Continuous learning<br />
    4. 4. Stakeholders:WEM & WPLARWorkplace Education Manitoba, Workplace PLAR <br />Nonprofit partnerships of Government, Business and Labour<br />WEM: workplace education in Essential Skills<br />WPLAR: workplace Recognition of Prior Learning<br /><br /><br />
    5. 5. The Essential Skills Portfolio Origins and character<br />First immigrants, now “general”<br />Career changers (younger, older..)<br />Reflection on life-wide learning of Essential Skills for employability<br />Build confidence, improve “skills dialogue”<br />Make resumes & cover letters clearer, more credible<br />Preparation tool for interviews<br />More than ES: attitudes, specialized skills<br />Product: ring binder, from electronic templates<br />18 hours class time + c. 18 hours of homework<br />
    6. 6. Building the ES portfolio Extracting value from experience<br />Identify life experiences <br />Reflect to draw out human capital<br /><ul><li>“KSAs”: Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes</li></ul>Write outcome statements for your KSAs<br />Group into areas of expertise<br />Put it all together in a portfolio<br /><ul><li>Title page, table of contents, introduction
    7. 7. Lists: skills, examples & outcomes statements
    8. 8. Evidence-demonstrations, documentation
    9. 9. Resumes and cover letters
    10. 10. Goals and plans (SMART goals)</li></li></ul><li>The “e” factorAdvantages and opportunities<br />Information Management<br />Collecting, archiving, making different versions<br />Measureability<br />Frameworks, rubrics, summative tracking<br />Interoperability<br />Communication with other ICT systems via APIs, open standards<br />Sharing<br />“One to many”, digital copies, links to specific pages<br />Multimedia<br />Video, audio, digital images, online presentations…and scanned docs<br />Internet skills<br />Online research: documents, networks, Internet literacy<br />Collaboration<br />Easy to add comments, edit, mentor, coach<br />Personal Learning Environment<br />Integrated learning environment, professional network, digital identity<br />
    11. 11. Vision for Career Portfolio ManitobaCareer development for life<br />All Manitobans<br />Learner owned<br />Lifelong<br />Lifewide: home, community, school, work...<br />Based on (not restricted to) Essential Skills<br />Built through partnerships of stakeholders, with WEM and WPLAR as “anchor tenants”<br />Globally aware, locally relevant<br />
    12. 12. Choosing the platformThe “Mahoodle” ecosystem<br />Blended learning<br /><ul><li>Synch/asynch, in class/online
    13. 13. Exposition
    14. 14. Assess for comprehension
    15. 15. Build knowledge</li></ul>INSTRUCTOR LED<br />Export artefacts<br />(learning products)<br />“Single Sign On”<br />Other artefacts<br />Submit for recognition<br />Links to artefacts & views; <br />assignments, evidence for outcomes<br />USER DRIVEN<br />Mahara tools:<br />Blog, forum, views<br />Human capital<br />Employability<br />Skills transfer<br />KSA asset building<br />Collect, Select, Reflect…<br />Artefacts, commentary, dialogue<br />Networks<br />Peers, mentors<br />Other Web 2.0 tools:<br />
    16. 16. Choosing the supplierThe Development Manager (TDM)<br />
    17. 17. Essential Skills ePortfolioProgram overview<br />Adapt the paper curriculum<br />Leverage the “e” factor<br />Embed authentic ICT skills<br />Use relevant software applications<br />Use accessible multimedia hardware<br />Provide ongoing learning support<br />Gap training / PD for SMART goals using Moodle<br />
    18. 18. ImplementationOnline tour<br />
    19. 19. ImplementationWorksheets<br />
    20. 20. ImplementationJob match summary<br />
    21. 21. Next steps<br />Pilot<br />Train the trainer<br />Iterate, adapt<br />Audiences, delivery formats<br />Complete the business plan<br />Build partnerships<br />Grow<br />
    22. 22. Other government departments<br />Other non-profits<br />Sector Councils <br />Individual employers<br />Post secondary institutions<br />Potential partners<br />
    23. 23. Community of communities“Small pieces, loosely joined”<br />Government<br />Information<br />Portals<br />Student<br />Records<br />Employer HR<br />Management<br />Systems<br />eGovernment<br />Single Window<br />Service<br />Online<br />Credential<br />Verification<br />Mahoodle<br />Hub<br />Localized<br />Labour Market<br />Information<br />Online<br />Mentoring<br />Services<br />Job Boards, <br />Recruitment<br />Sites<br />Web 2.0<br />YouTube<br />LinkedIn<br />Twitter…<br />Personal<br />Networks,<br />Communities<br />
    24. 24. Useful links<br />Career Portfolio Manitoba<br /><br />Workplace Education Manitoba<br /><br />WPLAR<br /><br />Contact emails:<br />Don Presant, Learning Agents Inc. <br /> (Twitter: donpresant)<br />Linda Maxwell, Keystone Adult Education Services Inc.<br /><br />Phyllis Mann, Workplace Education Manitoba<br /><br />