Eportfolio in the community - ePIC 2011

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Eportfolio in the community - ePIC 2011

  1. 1. Career Portfolio Manitoba Community-based ePortfolio for Adult Employability ePIC 2011 July 2011Don Presant
  2. 2. Learning AgentsAccelerated learning systems E-learning resources & services Learning community support Consulting
  3. 3. Agenda• Framing the initiative• Demo• Future steps and related Mahara projects
  4. 4. Manitoba & CanadaSmall province in a small country• Challenging geography• Diverse demographics – French/English, Aboriginals, Immigrants• Federal political structure• Manitoba: “Canada’s social science laboratory”
  5. 5. Regional solutionsInspiration for Manitoba
  6. 6. Careers Wales OnlineDetail page - ePortfolio Achievements
  7. 7. Career Portfolio ManitobaCurrent stakeholders: WEM & 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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. The “e” factorAdvantages and opportunities• Information Management – Collecting, archiving, making different versions• Measurability – 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
  11. 11. Essential Skills ePortfolioProgram overview• Adapt the paper curriculum• Leverage the “e” factor• Embed authentic ICT skills – Useful software, accessible hardware – Digital identity literacy• Provide ongoing support
  12. 12. Vision for Career Portfolio ManitobaCareer development for life• For 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
  13. 13. 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 toolsSkills transferKSA asset buildingLifelong learning
  14. 14. ImplementationOnline tour (careerportfolio.mb.ca)
  15. 15. Moving forwardMake it more usable• Shorten curriculum, customize delivery – Retire Moodle (for now) – Versions: Full/accelerated/modular• Improve skills inventory methodology• Stream learners – Computer skills gap training• Add more exemplars – Return to work, mature worker, Aboriginal...• Document more fully – Manual, more/updated video tutorials
  16. 16. Next steps, over the horizonMahara as digital Swiss Army knife• New Maharas for new needs – Professional Community of Practice – Multimedia project tool for high school students • National charity: “science of agriculture” – Digital Identity Management Project• Partnerships – Athabasca University: “Portable pathways to accessible futures”• Mahara User Group Canada – Find it on mahara.org
  17. 17. Mahara as “thin hub”Dynamic interoperability via web services, etc. Online HE Online Mentoring Learning Credential Services systems Verification Employer HR Government Management Information Systems Portals Professional Thin Localized Bodies Mahara Labour Market (CPD) Hub Information Web 2.0 Job Boards, YouTube Recruitment LinkedIn Sites Twitter… Larger Online Personal Networks TBA Communities
  18. 18. 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• Mahara User Group Canada – http://mahara.org/group/view.php?id=1008
  19. 19. Don Presantdon@learningagents.ca Twitter: donpresant Skype: dpresant

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