Is There a Portfolio in this Community?


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Featured presentation at the first AAEEBL Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, July 20, 2010

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Is There a Portfolio in this Community?

  1. 1. Is There a Portfolio in this Community? Tensions in the Use of ePortfolios for Employability Beyond the Academy Darren Cambridge AAEEBL Annual Meeting, Boston July 20, 2010
  2. 4. Employability
  3. 6. Integrative 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>
  4. 9. <ul><li>Unemployment [is] now conceptualized as a phenomenon to be governed … through acting on the conduct of the unemployed person, obliging him or her to improve “employability” by acquiring skills, both substantive skills and skills in acquiring work, and obliging the individual to engage in a constant and active search for employment. … Each individual is solicited as a potential ally of economic success. Personal employment and macro-economic health is to be ensured by encouraging individuals to “capitalize” themselves, to invest in the management, presentation, promotion and enhancement of their own economic capital as a capacity of their selves and as a lifelong project. </li></ul><ul><li>N. Rose, Powers of Freedom </li></ul>
  5. 10. Aggregative Integrative Individualist NedCar utilVIF Collectivist Internet Shiminjuku Augusta Community Portfolio
  6. 11. Nedcar | <ul><li>From job-based to project-based industry </li></ul><ul><li>Document competencies and market them to potential employers </li></ul><ul><li>Plan retraining </li></ul>
  7. 12. 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 activites to fill gaps </li></ul><ul><li>Match with jobs </li></ul>
  8. 13. Aggregative Individualist
  9. 14. utilVIF <ul><li>Successful and harmonious integration of immigrants </li></ul><ul><li>Modular personal portal links services to self-representation </li></ul>
  10. 15. Phase 1, Early 2009 The Basics Phase 2, Mid 2009 Workplace Integration Phase 3, Late 2009 Daily Life <ul><li>Language proficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Personal profile </li></ul><ul><li>Experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Competence </li></ul><ul><li>Finding employment </li></ul><ul><li>Health and safety </li></ul><ul><li>Performing at interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Local work culture </li></ul><ul><li>Conflicts in the workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Business networks </li></ul><ul><li>Starting a business </li></ul><ul><li>Team work </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Leisure activities </li></ul><ul><li>Banking </li></ul><ul><li>Citizenship </li></ul>
  11. 16. Integrative Individualist
  12. 17. Internet Shiminjuku <ul><li>Juku of citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Autonomous, social, and tool </li></ul><ul><li>Giri – Respect for social relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Wa – Tinkering for integration </li></ul><ul><li>Part of citizenship is contributing to others’ learning </li></ul>
  13. 18. Peer Teaching Builds Social Capital <ul><li>Regional online learning network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Citizen lecturers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Citizen participants </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New career paths </li></ul><ul><li>New enterprises </li></ul><ul><li>Digital archive </li></ul>
  14. 19. Aggregative Collectivist
  15. 21. Goals of the Augusta Portfolio <ul><li>Make visible to the world the impressive reading and writing of the people of Augusta </li></ul><ul><li>Spark conversations about Augusta’s heritage, achievements, and aspirations </li></ul><ul><li>Provide an online place to conduct and share such conversations </li></ul><ul><li>Help people in Augusta develop 21 st century literacies </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesize and communicate a vision of Augusta’s future </li></ul>
  16. 22. Three layers <ul><li>Exhibits – Designed by readers and writers in Augusta with the assistance of media experts </li></ul><ul><li>Collective reflections – Results of discussions using the portfolio as a conversation piece </li></ul><ul><li>Individual contributions and reflection – additions to and online conversations about exhibits and collective reflections </li></ul>
  17. 24. Integrative Collectivist
  18. 27. Public Displays of Connection <ul><li>Blogroll and friends lists as messages (Donath and boyd, 2004) </li></ul><ul><li>Intentional performance of identity rather than a transparent representation of a social network beyond the system </li></ul><ul><li>Network as implicit validation of profile information </li></ul>
  19. 29. danah boyd as suicide girl <ul><li>“ impression management is an inescapably collective process” (2008) </li></ul>
  20. 31. Materially Connected <ul><li>Neither fully production or consumption </li></ul><ul><li>Meaning and functionality dependent on connections (Perkle 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Compare to “authorship” and “ownership” and “control” </li></ul><ul><li>Where’s the text in this context? </li></ul>
  21. 32. <ul><li>Published by Stylus, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>R. Rice & K. Willis (Eds.). (Forthcoming). ePortfolio Performance Support Systems: Constructing, Presenting, and Assessing Portfolios in Public Workplaces . West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press. </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> (slides here) </li></ul>Available from Jossey-Bass November 2010