Eportfolios and Employability


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  • What content matters? How do we decide? Who is we? Eps for employability: Will the content we share matter to them?  successful industry example
  • Eportfolios and Employability

    1. 1. ePortfolios and Employability Darren Cambridge Academic Content Management Summit State College, PA November 6, 2008
    2. 2. Managing Transitions <ul><li>Serving automobile industry regionally </li></ul><ul><li>Track competencies and communicate them to potential employers </li></ul><ul><li>Plan ongoing professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding to all of the Netherlands </li></ul>
    3. 3. Competency Matching for Employability <ul><li>Choose competency frameworks defined by employers </li></ul><ul><li>Determine and document competency profile </li></ul><ul><li>Compare with career profiles </li></ul><ul><li>Connect to learning to fill gaps </li></ul><ul><li>Match with jobs </li></ul>
    4. 4. Samantha Slade’s Competencies
    5. 5. Symphonic Employability <ul><li>Career identity integrates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Human capital (competencies) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social capital </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adaptability </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cultivated by narrative </li></ul><ul><li>- Ashford et. al. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Boundaryless Careers <ul><li>No longer tied to a single organization </li></ul><ul><li>Projects rather than jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Line between work and home blurred </li></ul><ul><li>“ The terrific deal” (Reich) </li></ul>
    7. 7. Corrosion of Character <ul><li>Work and identity in the new capitalism </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewed diverse US workers </li></ul><ul><li>Moral values of long-term commitments and enduring relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Alignment of the personal and professional </li></ul>
    8. 8. Enrico and Rico
    9. 9. <ul><li>Narratives are more than simple chronicles of events; they give shape to the forward movement of time, suggesting reasons why things happen, showing their consequences. Enrico had a narrative for his life, linear and cumulative, a narrative which made sense in a highly bureaucratic world, Rico lives in a world marked instead by short-term flexibility and flux; this world does not offer much, either economically or socially, in the way of narrative. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sennett, 30 </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Integrity <ul><li>Values, commitments, and actions cohere and interconnect </li></ul><ul><li>Across personal, professional, and civic roles </li></ul><ul><li>Over time </li></ul><ul><li>Made consistent to a systemic understanding of identity </li></ul>
    11. 11. Composing a Life <ul><li>Five unconventionally successful women </li></ul><ul><li>Improvisation, interruption, redirection </li></ul><ul><li>“ Their own kind of integrity” </li></ul><ul><li>Iterative understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Requires time, craft, stepping out </li></ul>
    12. 12. If your opinions and commitments appear to change from year to year or decade to decade, what are the more abstract underlying convictions that have held steady, that might never have become visible without the surface variation? Bateson, 15
    13. 13. “ Finding the Thread in My Life”
    14. 14. <ul><li>Used by 60,000 residents </li></ul><ul><li>Most active users demographically representative </li></ul><ul><li>Use across roles suggests intrinsic motivation and lifelong learning </li></ul><ul><li>Integration of different life roles in single representation key to impact </li></ul>
    15. 15. I think it'd be difficult to separate completely, you know, who I am and what my immediate family loves are versus just me as a professional educator and nurse. … I am not someone who's isolated to the world of professional nursing education. I also have conflicting, or competing maybe, obligations within my life that I need to balance, just as students do and other professionals do, and I think that that's a good thing, to show … people that are reading my sites, I have other obligations in my life, and I manage to hopefully balance them all and be able to perform to the best of my ability in all those domains. Tracy
    16. 16. Integrating Cultures at LaGuardia <ul><li>Recent immigrants and first-generation college students </li></ul><ul><li>Bridging home and disciplinary culture </li></ul><ul><li>Data showing impact on retention, student engagement, and pass rates </li></ul>
    17. 17. Hawaiian Values at Kapi’olani <ul><li>Organized around six native Hawaiian values and four stages of the journey of a canoe </li></ul><ul><li>Bridging home and academic cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Impact on student engagement and learning skills </li></ul>
    18. 18. <ul><li>Network Self </li></ul><ul><li>Creating intentional connections </li></ul><ul><li>Symphonic Self </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Achieving integrity of the whole </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. From Subject to Author <ul><li>Ordering role of institutions and traditions shifted to individual </li></ul><ul><li>From being our values, relationships, and experiences to having them </li></ul><ul><li>Overarching principles that mediate competition </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking about the self as a system you compose and conduct </li></ul>
    20. 20. Environments for Growth <ul><li>In both personal and professional domains </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning as attitude toward life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supported by inviting environments rich in content and people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology as a means to guide and support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Communicated by the portfolios as a whole </li></ul><ul><li>Can inform her profession </li></ul>
    21. 21. Good Work has Integrity
    22. 22. New Teachers as Integral Professionals at Virginia Tech
    23. 23. <ul><li>Networked </li></ul><ul><li>Play, emergence, entrepreneurialism, flexibility, agility </li></ul><ul><li>Ease, speed, low-cost integration </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregation, association </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Collection, list, link, snapshot </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs, social networking sites, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Symphonic </li></ul><ul><li>Integrity, commitment, intellectual engagement, balance </li></ul><ul><li>Time, effort, high cost integration (author, context, audience) </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesis, symphony </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships between relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Theory, story, interpretation, map </li></ul><ul><li>Hypertext, ePortfolio systems, concept mapping tools </li></ul>
    24. 24. Networked Contributions <ul><li>Correcting for reconstitute nature of memory </li></ul><ul><li>Captures messiness and situatedness (Hughes) </li></ul><ul><li>Builds social capital </li></ul><ul><li>Enables peripheral participation </li></ul><ul><li>Combine with symphonic through layering </li></ul>
    25. 25. Blogging into a Profession <ul><li>Julie Hughes’ students in classroom placements at Wolverhampton </li></ul><ul><li>Community of practice through blogging </li></ul><ul><li>“ Everyday theorizing” </li></ul>
    26. 26. Linking/Thinking at Clemson
    27. 27. Technical Support for Integrity <ul><li>Rich and easy to use capabilities for visual design </li></ul><ul><li>Ease in embedding multimedia and distributed content </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility of hyperlinking and structure </li></ul><ul><li>Granular access control </li></ul>
    28. 28. Technical Directions <ul><li>Standardized way to share information about competencies and their relationship to evidence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LEAP 2A / PIOP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HR-XML – IMS/GLC Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Method for negotiating meaning of competencies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TAS3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HR-XML – IMS/GLC collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergent from actual practice: bottom up as well as top down </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Means to identify competency information within and link back to integral context of individual career narratives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LEAP 2 RDFa </li></ul></ul>
    29. 29. Adding Semantics
    30. 30. Electronic Portfolios 2.0 <ul><li>Collection of 24 chapters detailing research from the Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research </li></ul><ul><li>Forthcoming from Stylus in December 2008 </li></ul>
    31. 31. Ideas? <ul><ul><li>Darren Cambridge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>George Mason University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>+1-202-270-5224 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://ncepr.org/darren/presentations.html </li></ul></ul>