Career Portfolio Manitoba Mahara ePortfolio for Employability iMoot May 2011Don Presant
Manitoba,CanadaSmall province in a small country• Challenging geography – 650,000 sq km (UK x 2)• Diverse demographics – 1.18 m (712K in Winnipeg) – Aboriginals, immigrants• Diverse economy• Federal political structure• “Canada’s social science laboratory”• A bit damp...
Why ePortfolio for employability?An increasingly digital life...• Google & the Internet• Web 2.0 & social software – Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn...• Job boards & electronic recruitment – Monster, Workopolis, Job Bank• Digital identity• Authentic evidence
Human Capital Technology• eSourcing/eRecruitment tools – Résumé Importing/Exporting/Searching – Assessments & Applicant Screening – Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)• Onboarding (orientation) tools• Performance/Talent Management Systems• Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS/HRIS)Adapted from http://www.recruitersnetwork.com/software/index.htm
Human Capital ManagementA competitive marketplace
Career Portfolio ManitobaCurrent stakeholders: WEM & WPLAR• Nonprofit partnerships of Government, Business and Labour• WEM: workplace education in Essential Skills• WPLAR: workplace Recognition of Prior Learning wem.mb.ca wplar.ca
Canada’s Essential SkillsContextualized by workplace occupation…1. Reading text2. Document use3. Writing4. Numeracy5. Computer skills6. Oral communication7. Thinking skills – Problem Solving, Decision Making, Critical Thinking, Job Task Planning and Organizing, Significant Use of Memory, Finding Information8. Working with others9. Continuous learning
The Essential Skills PortfolioOrigins and character• First immigrants, now “general” – Career changers (younger, older..)• Reflection on life-wide learning of Essential Skills for employability• Build confidence, improve “skills dialogue” – Make resumes & cover letters clearer, more credible – Preparation tool for interviews• More than ES: attitudes, specialized skills• Product: ring binder, from electronic templates• 18 hours class time + c. 18 hours of homework
The “e” factorAdvantages and opportunities• Information Management – Collecting, archiving, making different versions• Measureability – Frameworks, rubrics, summative tracking• Interoperability – Communication with other ICT systems via APIs, open standards• Sharing – “One to many”, digital copies, links to specific pages• Multimedia – Video, audio, digital images, online presentations…and scanned docs• Internet skills – Online research: documents, networks, Internet literacy• Collaboration – Easy to add comments, edit, mentor, coach• Personal Learning Environment – Integrated learning environment, professional network, digital identity
Vision for Career Portfolio ManitobaCareer development for life• All Manitobans• Learner owned• Lifelong• Lifewide: home, community, school, work...• Based on (not restricted to) Essential Skills• Built through partnerships of stakeholders, with WEM and WPLAR as “anchor tenants”• Globally aware, locally relevant
Choosing the PlatformNew Zealand – Mahara• FOSS project - Massey University – Funded by NZ government, later Carnegie Mellon – Lifelong learning & social networking environment• Learner owned, multiple views• LEAP2A exportability• Moodle integration
Choosing the platform The “Mahoodle” ecosystem INSTRUCTOR LED Archiving Presenting USER DRIVEN Mahara tools: Blog, forum, views Collect, Select, Reflect…Human capital Networks Artefacts, commentary, dialoguedevelopment Peers, mentorsEmployability Other Web 2.0 tools:Skills transferKSA asset buildingLifelong learning
Essential Skills ePortfolioProgram overview• Adapt the paper curriculum• Leverage the “e” factor• Embed authentic ICT skills – Useful software applications – Accessible multimedia hardware• Provide ongoing support
ImplementationOnline tour (careerportfolio.mb.ca)
Early steps• Pilot – Learners – “Train the trainer”• Rework curriculum
Current stateLessons learned and learning• Make it more usable – Shorten curriculum, customize delivery • Full vs. accelerated versions – Improve worksheet methodology – Stream learners • Computer skills gap training – Add more exemplars • Caucasian, Aboriginal... – Document more fully • Manual, more/updated videos
Next steps• Explore more ways to extend Mahara – Framework for Moodle 2.0, LinkedIn, GoogleApps – But keep it accessible...• Polish the business plan – Scope provincewide user support needs – other data?• Build partnerships
Potential partners• Other non-profits• Sector Councils• Post secondary institutions• Provincial government departments• Federal departments/agencies• Individual employers
Community of communities“Small pieces, loosely joined” Government Student Information Records Portals Employer HR eGovernment Management Single Window Systems Service Online Localized Credential Mahoodle Labour Market Verification Hub Information Web 2.0 YouTube Job Boards, LinkedIn Recruitment Twitter… Sites Online Personal Mentoring Networks, Services Communities
Further reading• Presentations about Career Portfolio Manitoba – http://bit.ly/CPMBpresentations• MyPortfolio http://myportfolio.ac.nz/ – Report: http://bit.ly/g8JLLQ• MOSEP http://www.mosep.org/ – Toolbox (curr/report): http://bit.ly/MOSEP_toolbox• EIfEL - www.epforum.eu/• ePortfolio Community of Practice (AUS) – http://epcop.net.au
Useful links• Career Portfolio Manitoba – http://careerportfolio.mb.ca – http://bit.ly/eP_example• Workplace Education Manitoba – http://wem.mb.ca• WPLAR – http://wplar.ca• Contact emails: – Don Presant, Learning Agents Inc. • email@example.com (Twitter: donpresant) – Linda Maxwell, Keystone Adult Education Services Inc. • firstname.lastname@example.org – Phyllis Mann, Workplace Education Manitoba • PMann@wem.mb.ca
Don Presantdon@learningagents.ca Twitter: donpresant Skype: dpresant
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