Career Portfolio                   Manitoba              Essential Skills ePortfolio                  for Employability   ...
German connection1967 -> 2007
Manitoba,CanadaSmall province in a small country• Challenging geography    – 650,000 sq km (UK x 2)• Diverse demographics ...
Stakeholders:WEM & WPLARWorkplace Education Manitoba, Workplace PLAR• Nonprofit partnerships of Government,  Business and ...
Canada’s Essential SkillsContextualized by workplace occupation…1.   Reading text2.   Document use3.   Writing4.   Numerac...
The Essential Skills PortfolioOrigins and character• First immigrants, now “general”  – Career changers (younger, older..)...
Building the ES portfolioExtracting value from experience1. Identify life experiences2. Self reflect to draw out human cap...
Building your portfolio- one step at a time
The “e” factorAdvantages and opportunities• Information Management    – Collecting, archiving, making different versions• ...
Vision for Career Portfolio ManitobaCareer development for life• All Manitobans• Learner owned• Lifelong• Lifewide: home, ...
Choosing the platform The “Mahoodle” ecosystem                     INSTRUCTOR LED                                         ...
Essential Skills ePortfolioProgram overview• Adapt the paper curriculum• Leverage the “e” factor• Embed authentic ICT skil...
ImplementationOnline tour
ImplementationWorksheets
ImplementationJob match summary
Early steps• Pilot   – Learners   – “Train the trainer”• Rework curriculum
Current stateLessons learned and learning• Make it more usable  – Shorten curriculum, customize delivery    • Full vs. acc...
Next steps• Explore more ways to extend Mahara  – Framework for Moodle 2.0, LinkedIn, GoogleApps  – But keep it accessible...
Potential partners•   Other non-profits•   Sector Councils•   Post secondary institutions•   Provincial government departm...
Community of communities“Small pieces, loosely joined”                                  Government                    Stud...
Further reading• Presentations about Career Portfolio Manitoba  – http://bit.ly/CPMBpresentations• MyPortfolio http://mypo...
Useful links• Career Portfolio Manitoba   – http://careerportfolio.mb.ca   – http://bit.ly/eP_example• Workplace Education...
Don Presantdon@learningagents.ca   (204) 219-5933
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  • About Learning AgentsAbout Don Presant
  • Father immigration: Koln (Berzdorf)
  • A small (but mighty) place where people have mostly learned how to work togetherSpring is flood season on the prairies -25% of fresh water in North America thru MBManitoba’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%
  • Like functional skills...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
  • e.g. Inspiration from MOSEP
  • Mahara as “thin” scaffolding for a broader eportfolio ecosystemCurrently experimenting with RSS in/outRecently added Google Apps...not sure all implicationsFuture: Moodle 2.0 and Mahara...dynamic, web service based
  • Recently themedLogged out contentLogged in: enter course (Group)Course layout: -Orientation/5 steps-Content types: presentation, survey/quiz, (building) task, optional enhancementDemonstrating capabilities as part of course:-Views, navigation blocks, images-Embeds: YouTube, Screenr, SlidecastConnections to Moodle: survey, quiz, glossary, Exemplar portfolio: RommuelParagasVM Immigrant – young male (life story). Many skills, but lacks qualificationsProfile Page: Professional PageDrafts and documentationMultimediaHelp-under construction-moving away from Mahara Users book
  • “We may not be smart, but we’re learning!”Tried to cram too much in...classic error2 key audiences: -those with paper portfolios/well formed resumes-those withoutI prefer the videos: clearer, easier to make
  • Career Portfolio Manitoba - moodlemoot.de 2011 Elmshorn, Germany

    1. 1. Career Portfolio Manitoba Essential Skills ePortfolio for Employability Moodle Moot Elmshorn April 14, 2011Don Presant
    2. 2. German connection1967 -> 2007
    3. 3. 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...
    4. 4. Stakeholders:WEM & WPLARWorkplace Education Manitoba, Workplace PLAR• Nonprofit partnerships of Government, Business and Labour• WEM: workplace education in Essential Skills• WPLAR: workplace Recognition of Prior Learning wem.mb.ca wplar.ca
    5. 5. 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
    6. 6. 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
    7. 7. Building the ES portfolioExtracting value from experience1. Identify life experiences2. Self reflect to draw out human capital • “KSAs”: Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes3. Write outcome statements for your KSAs4. Group into areas of expertise5. Put it all together in a portfolio • Title page, table of contents, introduction • Lists: skills, examples & outcomes statements • Evidence-demonstrations, documentation • Resumes and cover letters • Goals and plans (SMART goals)
    8. 8. Building your portfolio- one step at a time
    9. 9. 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
    10. 10. 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
    11. 11. 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
    12. 12. 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
    13. 13. ImplementationOnline tour
    14. 14. ImplementationWorksheets
    15. 15. ImplementationJob match summary
    16. 16. Early steps• Pilot – Learners – “Train the trainer”• Rework curriculum
    17. 17. Current stateLessons learned and learning• Make it more usable – Shorten curriculum, customize delivery • Full vs. accelerated versions – Improve worksheet methodology – Triage learners • Computer skills gap training – More exemplars • Caucasian, Aboriginal... – Document more fully • Manual, more/updated videos
    18. 18. 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
    19. 19. Potential partners• Other non-profits• Sector Councils• Post secondary institutions• Provincial government departments• Federal departments/agencies• Individual employers
    20. 20. 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
    21. 21. 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
    22. 22. 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. • don@learningagents.ca (Twitter: donpresant) – Linda Maxwell, Keystone Adult Education Services Inc. • adulted@mts.net – Phyllis Mann, Workplace Education Manitoba • PMann@wem.mb.ca
    23. 23. Don Presantdon@learningagents.ca (204) 219-5933

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