Skills Recognition Why Not Use An E Portfolio


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Skills Recognition Why Not Use An E Portfolio

  1. 1. Skills Recognition – why not use an E-portfolio? Alicia Boyle Education Coordinator, Desert Knowledge CRC Charles Darwin University
  2. 2. How many learners are accessing skills recognition?
  3. 3. What inhibits people from accessing skills recognition? • Excessively complex and time consuming documentation • Negative attitude conveyed by assessors • Lack of a mentor to assist with the process • High cost
  4. 4. What we need to do is change the default option Brian Spencer of Optin Solutions in his keynote address, at a recent RPL conference in NSW characterised the perception of RPL as “making the least powerful person responsible for the process”, that is, making the candidate responsible for a process that focuses too much on collection of paperwork about past events. His challenging proposal was to “change the default option” that it is easier to do the course, and make recognition the “default option” by respecting experiential learning and assisting the candidate to become aware of their own unconscious competence.
  5. 5. What’s an e-portfolio - basics • Structured, owner-driven collections of digital objects demonstrating experiences, achievements and evidence of learning • Quick and easy • Store PDF, audio, video, photographs, blogs and more • Capture live experience using mobile phones and point-of-view devices.
  6. 6. Why would I create an e-portfolio? • To help me address job applications • To showcase my skills and experiences to potential employers or professional associations • To help me plan my personal development and lifelong learning skills • To help me transition from training to work or between training providers and further education • To support my application for RPL
  7. 7. E-portfolios for RPL Dynamic Interconnectedness: E-portfolios • Cannot be just an electronic by Hazel Owen filing cabinet – the product is only half of an e-portfolio • In the process of construction owners move from what they have learned to how they have learned • Construction of an e-portfolio supports an understanding of conceptual connections between lifewide and lifelong learning experiences • The focus moves from Hazel Owen’s Photostream@Flickr assessment of learning to assessment for learning -72157619329716903/
  8. 8. How can e-portfolios support the RPL process? • Templates can be used to structure the RPL evidence • Can be customised • Tags can help organise and find specific evidence/artefacts • Streamlines the assessment process • Limits the amount of paper-based, hard copy evidence • Encourages the use of a range of evidence types • Discourages excessive evidence collection • Develops and strengthens ICT skills • Supports dialogue between students and assessors, particularly when geographically isolated • Can be used in conjunction with a range of other online RPL support products – eg. online skills recognition sites
  9. 9. What can they look like?
  10. 10. Or like this….
  11. 11. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination… E-portfolio Learner Scenario by Hazel Owen Hazel Owen’s Photostream@Flickr n/set-72157619329716903/
  12. 12. E-portfolios and Web 2.0 Hazel Owens Photostream @ Flickr es/l/in/set-72157619329716903/
  13. 13. The best way to start learning about your own ....and use the handout to source more information on the web Alicia Boyle