ePortfolios and Badges - Who Needs a Co-Curricular Record?
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Exploring how ePortfolios and Badges can do most of the work of Co-Curricular Records, in addition to being a powerful learning tool for students.

Exploring how ePortfolios and Badges can do most of the work of Co-Curricular Records, in addition to being a powerful learning tool for students.



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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.
  • TPL – 10-10:30
  • Importance of mentoring; community; advising (preview of what’s to come in Alex’s section)
  • I know this is getting to you much later than I had hoped.   Our group came up with the following list of skills.  We pulled from 4 sources:NACE Top 10 list (National Association of Colleges and Employers), 2. ND University Outcomes (we tried to integrate all of those),  3. Annie Selak research (pulled from several sources) – annie is a Rector but works in our office part time because she is very interested in Vocational Discernment & 4. ND Employer Surveyed list of skills from 2005

ePortfolios and Badges - Who Needs a Co-Curricular Record? ePortfolios and Badges - Who Needs a Co-Curricular Record? Presentation Transcript

  • ePortfolios and Open Badges: Who Needs a Co-Curricular Record? Modified from a (more polite) university presentation January 9, 2014 Don Presant PRESENTATION SUPPORT PAGE: bit.ly/ep_ccr
  • Learning Agents ePortfolio, eLearning, eMedia http://donpresant.ca
  • New service: savvyfolio.net Multi-institution ePortfolio community Professional Body Workplace Trainer Employer College Industry Sector Body Adult Learning Centre University Employability Agency
  • Scope? Personal Life Experience -past -current Work Experience -past -current Accredited Experiential Learning Unapproved CoCurricular Activities CoCurricular Record PLAR/RPL Approved CoCurricular Activities Experienced Learning Thesis / Capstone Project Courses Formal Learning Academic Transcript
  • Next step Co-Curricular Record Add’l Certificates Reference Letters Academic Transcript Résumé Cover Letter Hiring Process Interviews, etc. World of Work Google Search LinkedIn ePortfolio
  • Diverse pathways Learners and their lives Advancement in field Career change Entry in field Survival job Further education Internship Travel Seek employment “Retool” Exit workforce
  • Employability (Trent U 2013) “Employer Responses to the Co-Curricular Record” • Top Skills or Qualities – Problem Solving Abilities, Adaptability/Flexibility, Enthusiasm/Dedication, Communication (Written & Verbal), Personable Nature, Ability to Learn, Reliability • Types of activities – Longer-term commitments demonstrate a greater level of student investment; leadership roles are valued. • Interest in CCR as a document: minimal – “Students should use the document as a tool for reviewing their cocurricular experiences and reflecting on what skills/learning achievements were gained from each.” – “Any relevant co-curricular experiences should be incorporated into the resume, and potentially referenced in the cover letter.” – “Reference the skills identified in the job posting….accuracy and conciseness are valued in applications.” bit.ly/TrentU_CCR
  • Questions and comments • Good: – Portal for engaging students in co-curricular activities – Evidence of key roles, especially in leadership • But: – Why the focus on a piece of paper? – Why only a laundry list of “approved” activities, with superficial reflections? • Isn’t that a lot of work? Can’t students find learning in many activities, off and on campus? Let them do the work! • Why not an ePortfolio? – Enhanceable, remixable, sharable, reflected on and aligned to relevant outcomes or competencies (e.g. Essential Skills) – Authenticated where appropriate with Open Badges
  • 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 (negative) evidence
  • Becomes Digital Identity Muddy footprint vs. clear impression
  • eSourcing is Social Employers want to find you techvibes.com Nov 2013
  • 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%
  • 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
  • Australia 2013 Eportfolio Forum Keynote: Employers Needs and ePortfolios http://bit.ly/AUS2013_LongAndMcAlpine
  • What are ePortfolios? Electronic portfolios (ePortfolios) are collections of digitally represented artifacts that: • document practice • include reflection • integrate experience • map to goals and/or standards • promote deep learning and knowledge transfer Tracy Penny Light, CAPLA 2013
  • Key Message: ePortfolios can be FOR and OF Learning FOR Learning OF Learning Focused on process Focused on product Supports learning Demonstrates learning Private environment Public showcase Goals Achievements Learning activities Learning outcomes Formative assessment Summative assessment Lower stakes Higher stakes Forward looking, expansive Retrospective, targeted
  • Walkthrough “Savvyfolio Features” Link
  • 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?
  • Critical mass 52% US undergraduates use ePortfolio Campus Computing 2013 (n=451)
  • Folio Thinking: Reflection for Learning •Reflection is what makes us learners; we need to practice, assess and perfect it. •Four criteria characterize the concept of reflection: ▫ Reflection is a meaning making process ▫ Reflection is systematic, rigorous and disciplined; with roots in scientific inquiry ▫ Reflection needs to happen in community ▫ Reflection requires attitudes that value personal and intellectual growth From: Carol Rodgers, “Defining Reflection: Another Look at John Dewey and Reflective Thinking,” Teachers College Record, 104, 4 (June 2002): 842-866
  • Australia 2013 Eportfolio Forum Keynote: Learner Driven Pathways http://bit.ly/AUS2013_LongAndMcAlpine
  • University of Notre Dame Career Services Skill List Integrated from the following sources: *National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACTE) Top 10 list * University Notre Dame Outcomes *University Notre Dame Employer Surveyed list of Skills (2005) *Literature Review by Annie Selak & Rose Kopec (2012) G. Alex Ambrose, CAPLA 2013 Top 10 Skills: 1. Ethical Conduct/Integrity 2. Critical Thinking/Analytical Ability 3. Team Work 4. Verbal and Written Communication 5. Initiative/Motivation Towards Goals 6. Visionary/Innovative 7. Decision Making/Problem Solving 8. Globally and Diverse Minded 9. Research/Project 10. Technical/Scientific
  • Australia 2013 Eportfolio Forum Business School http://bit.ly/AUSeP2013_Sibson
  • ePortfolios for Immigrants ISSofBC • Language Programs • Employment Programs • Soft skills development • Employability skills showcase – Job finding tool
  • Professional Pages www.issbc.org
  • RPL at Athabasca University From paper to electronic bit.ly/AU_ePortfolio
  • Open Badges (micro credentials) Badging “can help speed the shift from credentials that simply measure seat time, to ones that more accurately measure competency.” Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, 2011 Inside Higher Ed, Jan 2014
  • Open Badges Rapidly evolving ecosystem
  • Open Badges Simple structure bit.ly/ePIC2013_Belshaw
  • Open Badges Assessment and display bit.ly/ePIC2013_Belshaw
  • ePortfolio and Badges University of California - Davis • “media-rich, tiled portfolios” UCD article: bit.ly/1cvvfW0 Presentation: bit.ly/KyDdrx Inside Higher Ed article: bit.ly/UCDbadges
  • ePortfolio and Badges University of California - Davis Presentation: bit.ly/KyDdrx
  • ePortfolio and Badges University of California - Davis Presentation: bit.ly/KyDdrx
  • ePortfolio and Badges University of California - Davis Presentation: bit.ly/KyDdrx
  • High level walkthrough University of California - Davis bit.ly/193Tvnl
  • Open Badges Designing a badge for your context bit.ly/ePIC2013_Belshaw
  • Open Badges In 2014: Open Badge Factory bit.ly/ePIC2013_Rousselle
  • Overarching themes Assessment for learning, assessment for life • Graduate outcomes • • • • • • ≈ employability Digital identity = “accidental” ePortfolio Hiring and promotion = RPL ePortfolios are FOR and OF learning ePortfolio learning is reflective and social ePortfolio learning = personal pathway ePortfolios support RPL and REL – Recognition of Prior Learning – Recognition of Emergent Learning
  • PRESENTATION SUPPORT PAGE: bit.ly/ep_ccr don@learningagents.ca Web: learningagents.ca Twitter: donpresant ePortfolio: donpresant.ca