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  • About Learning AgentsAbout Don Presant
  • Federal corporation, HQ in ManitobaMultimedia learning resources for career development, workplace learning and professional developmentSpecialty: facilitating, packaging & disseminating insights of learners, practitioners and subject matter expertsProducer of “Career Destination” solutions through community partnerships since 2001Opened Learning Agents eStudiosin 2007multimedia & video facility for learning resource production, ePortfolio development and webcastingActive voluntary role in communityCareer Trek and “Let’s Get to Work” conferenceDon Presant: Chair of Manitoba PLA Network (MPLAN) Community Telecentre COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT: technology literacy, engagement, expression, workVideo-conference (in development)job interviews , online learning e.g. classes for prospective immigrants overseas, workplace trainingOther community learning events (subscribe to other networks)Collaborative Workshop EnvironmentHands-On ePortfolio and related workshopsDigital Production StudiosPhotos, objects, actions, interviews, simulationsImages, audio, video, textQuick set-up, quick turnaround (photo vs. scan, permanent lighting setup, direct to disk recording, etc.)Multimedia Post Production Facility :career profiles, ePortfolio resources, training videosProduction and Facilitation Support Services: staff, freelance & partners
  • Frame of Reference: Matt Elliot and Jennifer TurnsSimple tasks to begin: enter profile information, annotate artefactPrompts for reflection, structured reflection

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  • 1. ePortfolio and RPL in Higher Educationand Lifelong Learning:Current > Future State Danish Study Tour April 2013
  • 2. Learning AgentsAccelerated learning systems E-learning resources & services Learning community support Consulting http://bit.ly/DonPresant_ePortfolio
  • 3. Why ePortfolio? Pervasive Digital Identityhttp://lindongfromeasttowest.wordpress.com/category/digital-identity/
  • 4. @timbuckteeth http://scoop.intel.com/what-happens-in-an-internet-minute/ 20120313
  • 5. What is ePortfolio? http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/e-portfolios
  • 6. What is ePortfolio?Grandma’s balanced view http://electronicportfolios.org/balance/Balancing.jpg
  • 7. Benefits of “e”Virtual Binder for 21C• Information Management capabilities – Collecting, archiving, sharing, making different versions – Multimedia evidence• Digital technology, Internet literacy• Learning and collaboration integration – Online research: documents, networks – Easy to add comments, edit, mentor, coach• Digital Identity – Professional Profile, Personal network• Measurement, alignment – Link to frameworks, rubrics, track learning over time• Systems integration and interoperability – Learning management systems, HRIS
  • 8. Personal Planning and LearningOnline Locker, Interactive Workbook• Online archive – Personal & downloaded documents, links• Resources for self-directed learning – Webinars, videos, self-assessment surveys• Learning plans and tracking tools – Set goals and track progress to them (Learning Plans) – Keep records of learning activities over time (CPD)• Personal journal – Reflect on goals and alternative futures – Keep ad hoc “notes to self”, prepare agendas, etc.• Ongoing Personal Learning Environment (PLE) – “Continuous Learning Environment”
  • 9. Employment & related purposesDemonstrate, assess & improve Human Capital• Qualification Recognition – Initial, formative, summative assessment• Academic recognition – PLAR/RPL for courses and programs• Career Development – Gap analysis, exploration of alternatives, building pathways• Employment (Web CV) – Hiring, career advancement, team building tool for employers• Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – Tracking ongoing learning activities and reflection on practice – Recertification
  • 10. Career Portfolio ManitobaCommunity-based ePortfolio• Nonprofit partnerships of Government, Business and Labour• WEM: workplace education in Essential Skills• WPLAR: workplace Recognition of Prior Learning wem.mb.ca wplar.ca
  • 11. Essential Skills ePortfolioProgram overview• For Adults in Transition – Based on paper program• Leverage the “e” factor• Accessible and authentic ICT – Free software, accessible hardware• Provide ongoing learning support – Gap training / PD for SMART goals using Moodle
  • 12. Mahara ePortfolioOverview• From NZ to the world• Free Open Source Software (FOSS) – Free (like a puppy) – Controllable, predictable – Extendable, “clusterable” (Moodle, Google Apps…)• Flexible – Digital storytelling machine, not a “tick box”
  • 13. Mahara ePortfolioUnder the hood• Content Archive – Profile, Resume, Files, Notes, Journals (blogs), Plans• Pages, Collections – Different content for different audiences• Embed external content (Web 2.0) – LinkedIn, Slideshare, YouTube, Google Apps, etc.• Groups and collaboration – Shared files, pages, collections• Multi-layered sharing/privacy
  • 14. Mahara Pluginse.g. Europass
  • 15. Demonstration• Content tabs tour• ePortfolios 4… – Rommuel, Carol, David• Course tour
  • 16. Vision for Career Portfolio ManitobaLifelong career development• All Manitobans• Community-based, learner owned• Personal and public purposes• 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
  • 17. ePortfolios & Higher EducationPoints of Convergence• Institution/Program admission – Assessment, gap training• Undergraduate learning – First year general studies – Course specific/program wide – Work experience, internships• Capstone – Graduate Attributes – Employability (“School to work”)• Continuing Education/ Professional Development• Personal Learning Environment
  • 18. ePortfolios in Action Submission for creditLink to Samantha
  • 19. ePortfolios in action Secondary to Post-SecondarySummary PortfolioWorkbook
  • 20. ePortfolio and RPLHigher Ed examples in Canada• Red River College – Socrates• Athabasca University – Mahara (see exemplar)• Thompson Rivers University – All forms of ePortfolio• Douglas College – RPL as a credited foundation course with opportunity for further credits; ePortfolio as a tool
  • 21. Detail: RPL at Douglas CollegeDisability & Community Studies (DACS) Dept. Draft document 2013
  • 22. Barriers to ePortfolio and RPL• Learner – Negative preconceptions, lack of confidence – Lack of support, uncertainty of requirements – Time to build• Institution – Time to assess – Assessor/teacher development – Positivist mindsets – Academic suspicion (“automation”) – Cultural inertia
  • 23. Benefits• Supports undergraduate learning – Embedded learning activities – Portable learning archive• Holistic view of the graduate – Diverse evidence aligned to graduate outcomes – Interdisciplinary, lifewide• Supports professional identity development – Scaffolded reflection• Ongoing professional development tool – Personal Learning Environment
  • 24. Success FactorsOrganizational perspective• Burning platform? – Program outcomes > institutional accreditation• Principles of change management – Accelerating vs. accepting the maxim: “change happens one retirement at a time”• Faculty portfolios (“eportfolio is good for you”) – Graduate portfolios – Hiring Portfolios – Continuing Professional Development• Department portfolio to support accreditation
  • 25. Success FactorsStudent perspective• Watch the frame of reference – Emphasize “internal” (personal values & interests) over “external” (expectations of employers & recruiters)• Focus on learning, not just assessment – PLE, lifelong companion, personal narrative – Private, shared and public space• Start early and monitor progress• Emphasize content over technology• Opportunities for peer interaction – Peer review, brainstorming, portfolio buddies, presenting portfolios• Take small steps with lots of scaffolding – Simple tasks to begin, provide examples – Provide technical and content support and feedback• Eat your own dog food (i.e. build your own eportfolio)
  • 26. Current State of ePortfoliosSemi-Monolithic Silo Pages Picasa Twitter Profile Résumé Slideshare Journals Notes Pages Pages RSS Embedding Files Plans YouTube CPDBlogger My Learning LinkedIn Leap2A
  • 27. Laments of the Current StateNot exhaustive…1. Why can’t I aggregate and use my content, wherever it is, as I need it?2. Why can’t I show my authenticated credentials to whomever I choose?3. Why can’t I authenticate knowledge and skills that I’ve earned outside of formal education?4. Why can’t the right employers find me? Why can’t I find the right employers?5. Why can’t I aggregate my skills with those of my colleagues?
  • 28. Future State: the Open ePortfolio“Small pieces, loosely joined” Government Student Information Records Portals eLearning Employer HR LMS Management Moodle, Systems D2L, etc. Online Localized Credential ePortfolio Labour Market Verification Information Web 2.0 YouTube Job Boards, LinkedIn Recruitment Twitter… Sites Online Personal Mentoring Networks, Services Communities
  • 29. Envisioning the futureOpen approaches to….1. Online Workbook/Action Planner2. RPL Challenge for Credit3. Employment Marketplace4. Continuing Professional Development
  • 30. Online Workbook/Action PlannerDistributed Personal Learning Environment• Knowledge Building – Settlement, Language Requirements, Qualification Recognition, Job Search, Required Documents• Formative Assessment – Self-assess readiness in above dimensions – Share with advisors for triage and gap filling• Gap Filling – Plan activities, engage (F2F/online), track progress• Preparing for Summative Assessment – Hiring, HE Admission, Professional Registration• Continuing Development
  • 31. RPL Challenge for CreditSystem for Higher Education• National, open, competitive – Institutions and learners – Program, course level• Credential Recognition – Authentication, evaluation• Full and partial credits awarded – Lifewide skills and knowledge aligned to course and program outcomes – Option to fill gaps in partial credits• National summary program outcomes – e.g. Graduate Attributes, Essential Skills
  • 32. Employment MarketplaceBilateral supply and demand• Open, competitive – Employers and workers• Knowledge, skills, attitudes, culture, ethics, behaviour, geolocation• Passive/active• Employer/ worker competency frameworks – Full/partial matching• Granular social competency validation• Full and partial apprenticeship certification
  • 33. Continuing Professional DevelopmentProsuming Open Learning • Self assess, set learning goals – Align with professional requirements • Track F2F and e-learning – Formal/informal, synchronous/asynchronous • Track professional contributions – Research projects, presentations, articles… • Track readings, reflections • Daily performance support – “iPLE” • Earn credits from multiple sources
  • 34. University President’s Vision 1 Alan Davis, Kwantlen Polytechnic UniversityBC RPL Summit presentation March 2013
  • 35. University President’s Vision 2 Alan Davis, Kwantlen Polytechnic UniversityBC RPL Summit presentation March 2013
  • 36. Genesis of the Vision Alan Davis, President, SUNY Empire State College “Design your own degree”“Open SUNY” planning document 2012 p. 8
  • 37. On the horizonOpen Badges
  • 38. Skills marketplace“Finnishing School”
  • 39. What is ePortfolio? Virtual learning companionhttp://www.slideshare.net/4nitsirk/mahara-open-source-eportfolio-application
  • 40. To discuss further…ePortfolio & Identity Conference• Annual gathering of thought leaders2013 CONFERENCE THEMES:•Open ePortfolio & open badges•Open identity & open data•Open learning & open educational resources•Open assessment & open accreditation•Open employment & open business•Open architecture & open infrastructure•Individual and community learning•Identity construction•Lifelong learning, orientation and employability•Acquisition of 21st century skills www.epforum.eu
  • 41. Don Presantdon@learningagents.ca Twitter: donpresant Skype: dpresant