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  • 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
  • …therefore good potential early adopters for ePortfolio…
  • ePortfolio can be a PLE for Essential Skills, ACROSS THE BOARD, but especially for these highlighted skillsThinking Skills:How do I get a job, Cdn work experience?Should I change occupations?How do I organize my job-hunting activities?What have I done in my life and what does it mean?What is the labour market information, who are the employers, where are the jobs?
  • 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. ePortfolio21st Century Employability Tool for BC Immigrants February 14, 2013
    • 2. Learning AgentsAccelerated learning systems E-learning resources & services Learning community support Consulting http://bit.ly/DonPresant_ePortfolio
    • 3. Why an ePortfolio?
    • 4. Purpose: Summative or Formative?Shop window or factory? http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/e-portfolios
    • 5. Multimodal, recursivehttp://www.slideshare.net/4nitsirk/mahara-open-source-eportfolio-application
    • 6. ePortfolio: product and process• Digital archive• Showcase: celebration & assessment of learning – Education • Acceptance/advanced standing, course requirement, graduation requirement – Workplace • Hiring, HR development, professional development, project team selectionFuturEd 2004
    • 7. ePortfolio: product and process• Assessment for learning (e.g. CLPA)• Reflection, self-assessment• Transferring skills, making transtions• Coaching, collaborative learning• Learning plans• Knowledge Management
    • 8. Credentials vs. ePortfolioCredentials ePortfolio• Reflect time spent in • Reflects time spent learning class • Evidence-based proficiency• Questionable proficiency • Statement of actual skills and• Proxy for skills and knowledge knowledge • “Living”• Dated • Systematic• Variable quality • All learning valued• Formal learning only(Courtesy FuturEd)
    • 9. Benefits of “e”• 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 – Moodle and other LMS, HRIS systems
    • 10. Key elements• Links individual’s skills/accomplishments to skills frameworks• A record of formal AND experiential learning• Claims backed by digital evidence• Learner ownership• More than a showcase
    • 11. 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”
    • 12. Learning ExampleEnglish as an Additional Language• Products of language courses – e.g. Collaborative Language Portfolio Assessment • Authentic artefacts of speaking, listening, reading and writing • Formative/summative – Snapshots of progress – Holistic employability • (e.g. demonstrate comm & technical skills)
    • 13. 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
    • 14. Lifelong, lifewideBefore AND after getting the job• Pre-employment – Becoming employable, getting hired• Workplace development – Skills development, performance management, career advancement• Recognition of Prior Learning – Challenge for credit• Continuing Professional Development – Regulated occupations• Knowledge portfolios• Life portfolios
    • 15. ePortfolios and Immigrant Employability
    • 16. @timbuckteeth http://scoop.intel.com/what-happens-in-an-internet-minute/ 20120313
    • 17. LinkedIn statistics: Jan 2012• Started 2003• Currently 200m+• 2 new members per second• 7m+ in Canada (+39.5% 2011->2012)• 2m+ companies have LinkedIn pages• Includes executives from 100% of Fortune 500• 85% of Fortune 100 use its hiring solutions• Acquired Slideshare in May 2012
    • 18. ResearchInformation Practices of Immigrants Nadia Caidi, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, 2009 http://www.slideshare.net/settlementatwork/information-practices-of-immigrants
    • 19. RESEARCH PROJECT ePortfolio for SkilledImmigrants and Employers Pan Canadian Employer Focus Groups Jan-Feb 2006
    • 20. Employer feedbackePortfolio as a tool to describe skills and knowledge• Majority in favour – “digital matching service, living document, screening tool, digital evidence of credentials and experience”• Benefits: – Accessible documents of work accomplishments vs. credentials – Pre-employment bridging tool, linked to LMI – Help standardize the language of competencies• Acceptance Factors – Accuracy, consistency, ease of use• Potential Issues – Time for creation and processing, privacy, content maintenance, system integrity, overall responsibility...
    • 21. Employer feedbackOn the advisability of a broad ePortfolio system• Good timing – Rising skills shortages, immigration levels• Current examples – Job Banks and PSC system• Benefits – Good potential: niche sectors, skill sets, countries – Transparent tool for diversity and equity – Early adopters could have hiring advantage – Ease/improve recruitment, reduce wrong hires• Potential Barriers – Cost, regulatory body acceptance/validation, privacy, ownership, process inertia, consistency
    • 22. Employer feedbackOn the advisability of a broad ePortfolio system• Acceptance Factors – Simplicity, accessibility, usefulness as a screening tool, trust, confidentiality, standards, integration, flexibility, extensibility, government support, marketing, training• Solutions – Fit eP into existing interviewing and hiring practices – Incremental approach with action research to measure benefits – Make eP mandatory (!) with allowed exceptions for inclusiveness
    • 23. Human Capital ManagementA competitive marketplace
    • 24. 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
    • 25. Which ePortfolio?
    • 26. ePortfolios for learningAAEEBL• Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning• “a non-profit, professional organization for the world eportfolio community”• 106 Institutional Members in 5 countries• Harvard, Notre Dame, Columbia, Purdue, Washington, Stanford, Tufts…• Publish International Journal of ePortfolio• Annual conference, regional conferences
    • 27. AAEEBL Member Survey 2011Platforms http://www.aaeebl.org/Resources/Documents/TAL/TAL_v3n3_2013_06.pdfLists, demos and comparison s:AAEEBL websiteEPAC websiteHelen Barrett 1 | Helen Barrett 2
    • 28. Technology Alternatives• Web 2.0 purpose-built – LinkedIn, about.me• Web 2.0 “roll your own” – Google sites, Weebly, Evernote, Prezi• Dedicated FOSS – Mahara, Sakai, ZenPortfolio (WP)• Adapted FOSS – Wordpress.com, Wordpress.org• Dedicated Proprietary – PebblePad, Digication, myeFolio, Pathbrite
    • 29. Five solutions to consider• WordPress – WordPress.com, Zen Portfolios or download – Free, or?• PebblePad – 20 GBP/year/person• myeFolio – $20/year• Digication – $20-35/year• Mahara – Free, or?
    • 30. 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”
    • 31. 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
    • 32. An Essential SkillsePortfolio using Mahara
    • 33. Workplace Education Manitoba& 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
    • 34. Essential Skills ePortfolioProgram overview• For Adults in Transition• Leverage the “e” factor• Accessible and authentic ICT – Free software – Accessible multimedia hardware• Provide ongoing learning support – Gap training / PD for SMART goals using Moodle
    • 35. Immigrants and Essential Skills• Reading Text• Document Use• Numeracy• Writing• Oral Communication• Working with Others• Continuous Learning• Thinking Skills – Problem Solving, Decision Making, Job Task Planning and Organizing, Significant Use of Memory, Finding Information• Computer Use
    • 36. Vision for Career Portfolio ManitobaLifelong career development• All Manitobans• 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
    • 37. Career Portfolio ManitobaDemonstration• Portfolio building course – Video tutorials, support• Templates – Pages (soon collections) • Job Match Summary• Extensive use of Web 2.0 – YouTube, Screenr, LinkedIn… – Embed.ly as the glue• Fictional exemplar• Growing gallery of real examples
    • 38. Next Steps, On the Horizon• Self-directed online course• Google Apps• Encourage Mobile – MaharaDroid, PortfolioUp• Encourage learning journals• Self assessment tools• Open Badges• Mahoodle – Learning loops• Skills marketplace
    • 39. The Open Badges Initiative Accessibility and transparencyRichard Wyles, Totara LMS at MaharaUK12http://maharauk.org/mod/resource/view.php?id=117
    • 40. Open Badges
    • 41. Skills marketplace“Finnishing School”
    • 42. Conclusion
    • 43. Benefits for newcomersPersonal Learning Environment• Developing Essential Skills• Self-assessment, building confidence• Building necessary knowledge – Customized LMI, informational interview logs• Building your Network• Performance support – “Digital evidence bank” for cold calling, etc.• Personal space for learning
    • 44. Benefits for employersElectronic recruitment tool• Scaffolded solution for the workplace – Works with LinkedIn, job boards & other solutions already used for electronic recruitment• Professional Page = quick, easy dashboard – Links to further detail and downloadable resume• Deeper, richer “Web CV” rewards closer study – More complete picture of the candidate – Authentic demonstrations of skills and knowledge• Job Match Summary simplifies assessment – Rubric aligns with employer’s job description
    • 45. Success Strategies• Integrate with other learning programs• Take small steps with lots of scaffolding – Simple tasks, examples, templates, tutorials – Technical and content support and feedback• Adult learning principles – Content over technology – Telling your career story – past, present, future• More than an online résumé – Take it to the next level: videos, LinkedIn, etc. – Personal web site; private, shared and public space• Socialize the process and the product – Peer/coach review, portfolio buddies, presenting portfolios, etc.
    • 46. Learn from others http://www.slideshare.net/JISCNetskills/lisa-gray-jisc-eportfolios-october-2012
    • 47. “Failure strategies” http://www.slideshare.net/JISCNetskills/lisa-gray-jisc-eportfolios-october-2012
    • 48. Suggested steps – high level• Steering group• Establish purpose(s) & criteria, business model – Program linkage – Workflow and quality criteria • Learner ownership vs ISSBC reputation – “End game”: portfolio life, client ownership/support• Implement in phases, evolve – Pilot for staff – One location, etc.
    • 49. careerportfolio.mb.ca don@learningagents.ca Twitter: @donpresantPRESENTATION SUPPORT PAGE bit.ly/ep4imm