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Mahara in the Community for Mahara UK 2011

  1. 1. Mahara in the Community Employability ePortfolio for Adults & Professional Community of Practice Mahara UK 11 June 2011Don Presant
  2. 2. Learning AgentsAccelerated learning systems E-learning resources & services Learning community support Consulting
  3. 3. Agenda• Career Portfolio Manitoba• The Centre Online• On the horizon
  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. 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. 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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  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. 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
  13. 13. ImplementationOnline tour (
  14. 14. Moving forwardMake it more usable• Shorten curriculum, customize delivery – Retire Moodle (for now) – Full vs. accelerated versions• Improve worksheet methodology• Stream learners – Computer skills gap training• Add more exemplars – Caucasian, Aboriginal...• Document more fully – Manual, more/updated videos
  15. 15. Community of communities“Small pieces, loosely joined” Government Student Information Records Portals Employer HR eGovernment Management Single Window Systems Service Online Localized Credential Mahoodle Labour Market Verification Hub Information Web 2.0 YouTube Job Boards, LinkedIn Recruitment Twitter… Sites Online Personal Mentoring Networks, Services Communities
  16. 16. The Centre OnlineProfessional Community of Practice
  17. 17. Centre for Workplace Skills• Federal NGO - partnership of business & labour• Employers, labour reps, academics, literacy advocates, trainers, consultants• Commissioned research, dialogue & dissemination – e.g. Work Related Informal Learning• Pragmatic: “Find out what works and share it”
  18. 18. Online Community of Practice“More a coffee shop than a library”• Private corner – A secure place to observe and absorb current practice in order to build knowledge and competence• Public salon/tradeshow – Present your skills and knowledge in a “virtual booth” – Find peers and mentors, build a professional network – “Sip from the stream”: gather filtered insights • Best practices, lessons learned • Emergent practices, promising initiatives, “foreign” insights from other fields• Private/public workshop – Performance support tools, ad hoc forum for quick questions – Discussion, collaboration workspace for larger issues, projects
  19. 19. Why Mahara?• Online profile: introduction, skills, interests• ePortfolio: professional marketing showcase – Web 2.0 friendly• Group forums: discussion• Group files: sharing• Group views: collaboration• Open source for future development
  20. 20. Demo
  21. 21. Community of communities“Small pieces, loosely joined” Centre for Workplace Skills TBA website Other External Online Newsfeeds Communities The TBA Centre TBA Online Web 2.0 YouTube Member LinkedIn Organization Facebook Websites Twitter… HRSDC TBA & other govt. websites
  22. 22. On the horizonMahara as digital Swiss Army knife• Multimedia project tool for high school students – National charity: “science of agriculture”• Digital Identity Management Project – Pilot project• Athabasca University• Mahara as “thin hub” – With Moodle?• Mahara User Group Canada – On
  23. 23. Useful links• Career Portfolio Manitoba – –• Workplace Education Manitoba –• WPLAR –• The Centre Online –• Mahara User Group Canada –
  24. 24. Don Twitter: donpresant Skype: dpresant