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ePortfolio, behind whatever label, is now a fact of life. A look at some of the research in response to the question. Includes data about Google, LinkedIn, Facebook. Digital Identity = ePortfolio.

ePortfolio, behind whatever label, is now a fact of life. A look at some of the research in response to the question. Includes data about Google, LinkedIn, Facebook. Digital Identity = ePortfolio.

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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
  • 24 campuses in networked inquiry on the impact of eportfolios on student learning and the strategies necessary for institutionalizing campus eportfolio initiatives.
  • On April 26, 2013 the Notre Dame ePortfolio Engagement Program (nDEEP) offered a presentation for the ND Career Center Employer Advisory Board, consisting of 11 recruiters from companies such as AT&T, Accenture, Boeing, General Mills, General Electric, Johnson and Johnson, P&G, and Stryker. Campus ePortfolio initiatives and trends with student examples were discussed. The ND Employer Advisory Board was interviewed and surveyed as a focus group to confirm these recent AAC&U findings (above) and explore how students can best share their ePortfolios with potential employers.

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  • Do Employers Look at ePortfolios? …excerpted from ePortfolios in 2013 with additions December 17, 2013
  • Learning Agents ePortfolio, eLearning, eMedia http://donpresant.ca
  • Multi-institution ePortfolio community Professional Body Workplace Trainer Employer College Industry Sector Body Adult Learning Centre University Employability Agency
  • http://blog.qmee.com/qmee-online-in-60-seconds/ The Read-Write Web has changed the Internet from: • a shopping mall • an encyclopedia • a television To a place where we personalize our experience and leave our footprints behind
  • Digital Dirt… Developing Digital Citizens Alex Couros 2012
  • …closer to home… The power of video as evidence
  • Becomes Digital Identity
  • Your “Accidental ePortfolio” Tracking your digital footprints – recent study Employers who would… Monitor the candidate’s activity on Twitter Research the candidate on Facebook Use Google or other search engines to research candidates Some of the search activity happens before candidates are even called for a job interview 0% 10% n = 2,775 US/Canada July 2013 cb.com/18xbgez 20% 30% 40% 50% 60%
  • eSourcing is Social Employers want to find you techvibes.com Nov 2013
  • Is LinkedIn enough? • PRO – – – – Awareness, workplace focus (esp. North America) Evidence: Slideshare, Infographics, Videos, Recommendations (?) Social network: “Friend of a Friend” Personal Learning Network: LinkedIn Groups, Timelines • CON – Flexibility • Customization, segmentation, alignment to requirements/outcomes • Interoperability: feeding to/from other sites – – – – – Archiving: file storage Private modes: reflection, formative assessment, mentoring Learning frameworks: self-assessment, plans, rubrics, etc. Audience: beyond white collar, older worker? (79% are 35+) Ownership : Terms of Use, business model With ideas from: Does LinkedIn work as an ePortfolio?
  • AAEEBL 2013 in Boston “It Takes More than a Major” • 2013 survey of 318 employers for AAC&U (The Association of American Colleges & Universities) – Findings: • 93%: candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major • >75%: 5 key learning outcomes: critical thinking, complex problem-solving, written and oral communication, and applied knowledge in real-world settings • >80%: an electronic portfolio would be useful to them in ensuring that job applicants have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their company or organization. bit.ly/AAEEBL13_AACU
  • Confirmation from Notre Dame Employer Focus Group Employers would… Click on ePortfolio link in email View relevant part of ePortfolio on tablet at career fair Click on ePortfolio link in résumé View relevant part of ePortfolio on tablet in interview Click on ePortfolio link in sig file or cover letter 0% Data from G. Alex Ambrose, April 2013 http://t.co/FeoVokOQv2 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% n=11
  • 2 How might ePortfolios enhance students’ employability skills? “Embarking on the Journey of ePortfolio Experience: A New Approach to Enhance Graduate Employability” City University Hong Kong 2010 http://bit.ly/CUHK_eP
  • Student Post-Experience & Employer SurveysEmployability Enhancement (Some preliminary data) Goal Setting & Action Planning Skills developed Important in the workplace http://bit.ly/CUHK_eP
  • Post-Experience & Employer SurveysEmployability Enhancement (Some preliminary data) Goal Setting & Action Planning Identify Strengths & Weaknesses http://bit.ly/CUHK_eP
  • Post-Experience & Employer SurveysEmployability Enhancement (Some preliminary data) Goal Setting & Action Planning Identify Strengths & Weaknesses Record Accomplishments http://bit.ly/CUHK_eP
  • Post-Experience & Employer SurveysEmployability Enhancement (Some preliminary data) Goal Setting & Action Planning Identify Strengths & Weaknesses Record Accomplishments Provide Evidence for Performance Claims http://bit.ly/CUHK_eP
  • Post-Experience & Employer SurveysEmployability Enhancement (Some preliminary data) Goal Setting & Action Planning Identify Strengths & Weaknesses Record Accomplishments Provide Evidence for Performance Claims Establish a Positive Image http://bit.ly/CUHK_eP
  • 3 Do employers consult ePortfolios and would they do so if a link to an ePortfolio were provided in a job application? http://bit.ly/CUHK_eP
  • Employability Job application http://bit.ly/CUHK_eP
  • RESEARCH PROJECT ePortfolio for Skilled Immigrants and Employers Pan Canadian Employer Focus Groups Jan-Feb 2006
  • Pan-Canadian Research Employer Focus Groups • HRSDC funding • Led by Learning Innovations Forum (LIfIA) – Vancouver - FuturEd – Edmonton – Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers – Winnipeg - Learning Agents – Toronto - CME – Halifax - NSCC
  • Awareness Building Potential Benefits of ePortfolio • Pre-employment • Recruitment • Human Capital Development – – – – Employee Development Performance Management Talent Management Succession Planning
  • Employer feedback ePortfolio 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...
  • don@learningagents.ca Web: learningagents.ca Twitter: donpresant ePortfolio: donpresant.ca