ePortfolios for Immigrants

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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
  • ePortfolios for Immigrants

    1. 1. ePortfolio21st Century Employability Tool for BC Immigrants February 14, 2013
    2. 2. Learning AgentsAccelerated learning systems E-learning resources & services Learning community support Consulting http://bit.ly/DonPresant_ePortfolio
    3. 3. Why an ePortfolio?
    4. 4. Purpose: Summative or Formative?Shop window or factory? http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/e-portfolios
    5. 5. Multimodal, recursivehttp://www.slideshare.net/4nitsirk/mahara-open-source-eportfolio-application
    6. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 15. ePortfolios and Immigrant Employability
    16. 16. @timbuckteeth http://scoop.intel.com/what-happens-in-an-internet-minute/ 20120313
    17. 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. 18. ResearchInformation Practices of Immigrants Nadia Caidi, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, 2009 http://www.slideshare.net/settlementatwork/information-practices-of-immigrants
    19. 19. RESEARCH PROJECT ePortfolio for SkilledImmigrants and Employers Pan Canadian Employer Focus Groups Jan-Feb 2006
    20. 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. 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. 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. 23. Human Capital ManagementA competitive marketplace
    24. 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. 25. Which ePortfolio?
    26. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 32. An Essential SkillsePortfolio using Mahara
    33. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 39. The Open Badges Initiative Accessibility and transparencyRichard Wyles, Totara LMS at MaharaUK12http://maharauk.org/mod/resource/view.php?id=117
    40. 40. Open Badges
    41. 41. Skills marketplace“Finnishing School”
    42. 42. Conclusion
    43. 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. 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. 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. 46. Learn from others http://www.slideshare.net/JISCNetskills/lisa-gray-jisc-eportfolios-october-2012
    47. 47. “Failure strategies” http://www.slideshare.net/JISCNetskills/lisa-gray-jisc-eportfolios-october-2012
    48. 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. 49. careerportfolio.mb.ca don@learningagents.ca Twitter: @donpresantPRESENTATION SUPPORT PAGE bit.ly/ep4imm

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