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  • About Learning Agents About Don Presant
  • Federal corporation, HQ in Manitoba Multimedia learning resources for career development, workplace learning and professional development Specialty: facilitating, packaging & disseminating insights of learners, practitioners and subject matter experts Producer of “Career Destination” solutions through community partnerships since 2001 Opened Learning Agents eStudios in 2007 multimedia & video facility for learning resource production, ePortfolio development and webcasting Active voluntary role in community Career Trek and “Let’s Get to Work” conference Don Presant: Chair of Manitoba PLA Network (MPLAN) Community Telecentre COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT: technology literacy, engagement, expression, work Video-conference (in development) job interviews , online learning e.g. classes for prospective immigrants overseas, workplace training Other community learning events (subscribe to other networks) Collaborative Workshop Environment Hands-On ePortfolio and related workshops Digital Production Studios Photos, objects, actions, interviews, simulations Images, audio, video, text Quick set-up, quick turnaround (photo vs. scan, permanent lighting setup, direct to disk recording, etc.) Multimedia Post Production Facility : career profiles, ePortfolio resources, training videos Production and Facilitation Support Services: staff, freelance & partners
  • A small (but mighty) place where people have mostly learned how to work together Spring is flood season on the prairies -25% of fresh water in North America thru MB Manitoba’s economy is multifaceted with strong sectors in aerospace, mining and hydroelectric generation, agriculture and agricultural equipment, food processing, transportation equipment, pharmaceuticals, film and sound, commercial printing, transportation and distribution, and information and communication technologies Services: 72% GDP Mfg: 12% Primary: 7%
  • 3,000,000 citizens ePortfolio for the country Start in HS, take through life
  • Ie NOT an educational institution…community-based learning funds are flowed to this committee for projects annually Coordinated by Industry Training Partnerships, Manitoba Competitiveness Training and Trade – Sandi Howell
  • Like functional skills... 17 page reports 300+, more coming In 1994, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada launched a national research study, the Essential Skills Research Project (ESRP), to examine how the essential skills were used in various jobs. More than 3,000 interviews have now been conducted across Canada with people working in some 180 occupations. The ESRP initially focused on occupations requiring a secondary school diploma or less and on-the-job training.
  • Like Careers Wales Online, eFolio Minnesota Inspiration from MOSEP
  • Exemplar portfolio: Rommuel Paragas VM Immigrant – young male (life story). Many skills, but lacks qualifications Profile Page: Professional Page Drafts and documentation Multimedia Recently themed Logged out content Logged in: enter course (Group) Course layout: -Orientation/5 steps -Content types: presentation, survey/quiz, (building) task, optional enhancement Demonstrating capabilities as part of course: -Views, navigation blocks, images -Embeds: YouTube, Screenr, Slidecast Connections to Moodle: survey, quiz, glossary, Help -under construction -moving away from Mahara Users book
  • However this idea reflects a growing movement in technology generally… ePortfolio doesn’t have to be one big thing, can be an aggregate made up of pieces of other systems, e.g.: Learning Management System Job Referral Service Credential information Multifunctional, flexible, can serve needs of different communities, stakeholders Enables customization to particular needs
  • Mahara for Adults: Mahara UK 2012

    1. 1. Employability ePortfolios with Mahara Community-Based Solutions for Adults Mahara UK 12 June 2012Don Presant
    2. 2. Learning AgentsAccelerated learning systems E-learning resources & services Learning community support Consulting
    3. 3. Manitoba & CanadaSmall province in a small country• Challenging geography• Diverse demographics – French/English, Aboriginals, Immigrants• Federal political structure• Manitoba: “Canada’s social science laboratory”
    4. 4. Regional solutionsInspiration for Manitoba
    5. 5. Applications for Adults• Employability – Getting hired – Performance Management• RPL – Athabasca• Professional registration and CPD• Knowledge portfolios• Life portfolios
    6. 6. 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
    7. 7. Adults in TransitionUse cases• Immigrants• Twenty-somethings• Return to workers• Displaced workers• Career shifters• Mature workers
    8. 8. Different learning needs ofadults?• Relevance• Assessment, accreditation• Intervention window• Urgency• Vulnerability
    9. 9. 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
    10. 10. Essential Skills ePortfolioProgram overview• Adapt an existing paper curriculum• Leverage the “e” factor• Embed authentic ICT skills – Useful software, accessible hardware – Digital identity literacy
    11. 11. 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
    12. 12. ImplementationOnline tour (
    13. 13. Features• Portfolio building course – Video tutorials, support• Templates – Pages (soon collections) – Documents• Fictional exemplar• Extensive use of Web 2.0 – esp. YouTube, Screenr, LinkedIn – Audio vs. video – as the glue• Multimedia “clinics”
    14. 14. Next steps• Migrate to 1.5• Add MaharaDroid and PortfolioUp• Drop Google Apps• Look at reintegrating Moodle
    15. 15. Improving OutcomesAreas for improvement• Better user content – More than scanned certificates• More reflection – More artefact curation – Learning Journal• Better formative assessment – Industry advisors• Ongoing use – Adding to the archive – Using as a Personal Learning Environment
    16. 16. On the horizon• Gap training case management• After school program for at-risk youth• Online workbook?• Job marketplace
    17. 17. Frustrations• Usability – Content/Portfolio silos – Lack of wizards• Fragility of Web 2.0 connections – Google, LinkedIn• Accessibility
    18. 18. Wishlist• Mahara Wizards• Direct editing – Like Notes blocks now – precedent? – 1.6: direct journal entry• Accessibility• Better Mobile• Dynamic interoperability with other systems – Making use of Web Services?
    19. 19. Community of communities“Small pieces, loosely joined” Government Student Information Records Portals Employer HR LMS Management Moodle, Systems D2L, etc. Online Localized Credential ePortfolio Labour Market Verification Information Web 2.0 YouTube Job Boards, LinkedIn Recruitment Twitter… Sites Online Personal Mentoring Networks, Services Communities
    20. 20. Useful links• Career Portfolio Manitoba – –• Workplace Education Manitoba –• WPLAR –• Mahara User Group Canada –• This presentation –
    21. 21. Don Twitter: donpresant Skype: dpresant