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  • ACE is a very diverse group and quite difficult to measureIt is also not clear as to how many adults ACE providers serve collectively, but it seems that their annual ““participant numbers ”” are in the same general ballpark as are those for the entire public vocational education and training (VET) provider sector (i.e. TAFE institutes), and for all other private VET providers combined. (Bowman 2006)The ACE sector – what is communiity based education doing for us?Good for the community, the individual and increasing the human capital of our nationAs Communiity based education providers,ACE are successfully re-engaging adults with learning – from all walks of life, social and economic circumstances.They are providing pathways into VET – connecting them with further education (TAFE and HE)They are also delivering VET acredited programs in their own right.ALA commissioned a report in 2006. created a national database of ACE providers.Depending on where you look There’s probably about 1,200 ACE providers, 770 of which are RTOs (2005 report)These figures vary a bit where you look but they do demonstrate the signifcant contribution ACE makes to the VET sector(possibly about 15%)About two thirds of ACE students are aged over 30Approx 376,000 students enrolled in ACE in 2005About 200,000 were doing vocational (VET) coursesCommunity Education also provided 123,000 Employment Skills and 68,000 Adult Literacy subject enrolments in 2005, offering 6.5 million hours of training.(BenBardon, 2006)Some sort of lifelong eportfolio service would clearly be useful to lifelong learners as they transition from one environment to another. Collect evidence, present it when they like to who they want. Heinrich asks whether we should separate the provision of eportfolio services from institutions to better support lifelong learners. Under this model education organisations would still provide support for learners but learners would have better control / ownership of their portfolios over time.Personal view is that there is a need for portfolios that support both institutions and individuals - these may even be separate systems (eguni in the UK) - service quite different needs.Notion of eportfolios as a set of services that can be mashed together to meet specific requirementsOf course then we need standards to support them. for technical people – LEAP 2a (UK) – supported in Mahara much simpler to implement than other eportfolio specs.Needs to be lightweight yet flexible enough to support semantic data
  • ePortoflios for lifelong learning

    1. 1. VET e-portfolios Showcase 09: Learning for Life16th October, 2009<br />E-portfolios for lifelong learning<br />
    2. 2. Overview<br />Review of SICTAS report ‘e-Portfolios beyond education and training’<br />Better support for lifelong learners<br />Focus on ACE sector<br />2<br />
    3. 3. SICTAS Research: Overview<br />Globally, e-portfolios are being used beyond traditional formal education environments in a number of areas including:<br />supporting workers facing redundancy<br />Career development<br />Workforce development and planning<br />Continuing professional development (CPD)<br />Lifelong learning<br />Articulation of skills and experience<br />Developing competencies with ICT<br />This research looked at some of these areas and investigated their potential for use in Australia<br />Did so by reviewing existing regional implementations and interviewing implementers<br />Looked at challenges for e-portfolio providers and owners from a lifelong learning perspective <br />3<br />
    4. 4. The e-portfolio epidemic<br />Non-institutional eportfolios<br />Generally fit into two categories<br />Industry specific<br />Regional<br />Regional ones don’t seem to be a global phenomena<br />Cultural issues<br />Not ‘pandemic’<br />Greater adoption in Europe, parts of USA and Australia / New Zealand<br />Difficult to accumulate a wide body of evidence to support claims of the value that they provide<br />(only a small number of large-scale implementations)<br />Careers Wales<br />NedCar<br />eFolio Minnesota<br />Europass<br />4<br />
    5. 5. Career Development and Lifelong Learning<br />Careers Wales<br />Part of Welsh Government’s lifelong learning agenda<br />Over 250,000 users<br />75% - 80% registered users are students<br />Customised versions to support specific user groups<br />Tools to support users at different stages of their careers<br />Myfuture <br />Australia’s career information and exploration service<br />Contains a great deal of career/employment information<br />Most students in our schools use this as their career exploration service – have an identity on it<br />Perform a number of e-portfolio functions<br />Except gathering evidence, selecting and publishing<br />Findings<br />JISC has investigated a number of (localised) eportfolio opportunities/challenges<br />Need to fund similar projects looking at addressing local (Australian) challenges<br />Integrating e-portfolio with other career development tools and services has yielded positive results in Wales<br />5<br />
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    9. 9. Workforce development and planning/workforce adjustment<br />eFolio Minnesota<br />Regional implementation for all Minnesota residents<br />Also being used for development and planning<br />The Netherlands<br />‘Towards a future that works’<br />NedCar<br />Shift from employment economy to an ad hoc project economy<br />Goal: flexible, mobile and transparent labour market<br />What can we learn from NedCar?<br />Local, large-scale redundancies<br />E-portfolios may play a supportive role in strategies developed to address this type of scenario<br />Are we offering similar services?<br />9<br />
    10. 10. Lifelong learning for an individual<br />An example: a lifelong learning story (so far)<br />A degree<br />Working for a long time<br />Pre-date the Web<br />Adult education<br />Other<br />10<br />
    11. 11. My ‘Web’ presence<br />Can it be the basis of an eportfolio?<br />I have a presence on the Web<br />You can find quite a bit of the digital ‘me’ with Google but….<br />Not all of me<br />Don’t confuse me with others<br />Can you verify the accurateness and authenticity of anything you find?<br />If you are checking up on me as part consideration for hiring me what you are doing might be illegal<br />There’s a lot of stuff missing<br />I have no control<br />Processes that support reflection (from an eportfolio perspective)<br />11<br />
    12. 12. An aside: legal implications<br />We have all heard stories warning of placing photos, views etc on social networking sites but….<br />Recent CareerOne article highlights dangers to the employers as well as employees (Southam, 2009)<br />Privacy Act<br />Must inform candidate they have collected personal information<br />Reason for gathering that information<br />Let them know who else will see the information<br />General Protections section of Fair Work Act<br />‘Cannot treat someone adversely for exercising a workplace right’<br />Eg unfair dismissal claim, workers compensation<br />Maybe the ‘Web’ is not such a good place for employers to be researching job candidates<br />12<br />
    13. 13. Some other problems<br />What is lacking on general web services from a lifelong learning e-portfolio perspective?<br />Depends on what your intent is but possibly..<br />The process<br />Collect<br />Select<br />Reflect<br />Publish<br />Support<br />However, don’t dismiss the cloud<br />Insidious design? (Lane 2009)<br />Must be very simple to use<br />Yet scaffold each of these activity areas effectively<br />To template or not to template?<br />I cannot control effectively who sees (parts of) my e-portfolio, when and how they see it<br />Sharing<br />Communities of interest or communities of trust?<br />Google juice<br />13<br />
    14. 14. Challenges for lifelong learners and eportfolios<br />Reflection<br />Where do I start?<br />Is it intuitive, easy to do for all?<br />Presents design and support challenges<br />Multiple portfolios over time<br />How can you support a lifelong perspective<br />Stuff just disappears (online and in the cupboard)<br />14<br />
    15. 15. Lifelong Learning: on a national scale<br />Lets have a look at the ACE sector<br />ACE is:<br />‘... all educational and training activity (i.e. vocational and non-vocational) which is delivered by community-based or community-managed organisations that provide learning opportunities for adults; and non- vocational educational and training activity which is delivered by TAFE institutes and other VET providers.’ (Choy, Haukka, 2006)<br />1,027 providers catalogued in 2006<br />Over 55% were also registered training providers (RTOs) providing vocational courses<br />What are we doing to support lifelong learners and the ACE sector?<br />Would a national e-portfolio service be useful to ACE and the many adult learners that it delivers to?<br />Should eportfolio services belong in institutions or operate independently to support lifelong learning? (Heinrich, 2008)<br />15<br />
    16. 16. Questions?<br />
    17. 17. References<br />Choy S, Haukka S, 2006. National database of ACE providers: Preliminary Analysis. Adult Learning Australia<br />Southam K, 2009. The dangers of using social networks on the job hunt. http://www.careerone.com.au/advertisers/resource-centre/recruiting-hiring-advice/dangers-of-using-social-networks-on-the-job-hunt-20090812. Retrieved from Web 13/10/09<br />Barden B, 2006. Community Education and National Reform: Discussion Paper. DEST<br />Bowman K, 2006. The value of ACE providers: A guide to the evidence base. Adult Learning Australia<br />Leeson J, Williams A, 2009. e-Portfolios beyond education and training. Education.au Limited<br />Heinrich E, 2008. Contrasting approaches: Institution or individual ownership in e-portfolio systems. Massey University <br />Lane L, 2009. Insidious pedagogy: How course management systems are impacting teaching. http://www.uic.edu/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2530/2303. retrieved from Web 12/10/09<br />17<br />
    18. 18. Thank you<br />
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