Career Portfolio Manitoba - CAPLA 2011


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  • About Learning Agents About Don Presant
  • Federal corporation, HQ in Manitoba Multimedia learning resources for career development, workplace learning and professional development Specialty: facilitating, packaging & disseminating insights of learners, practitioners and subject matter experts Producer of “Career Destination” solutions through community partnerships since 2001 Opened Learning Agents eStudios in 2007 multimedia & video facility for learning resource production, ePortfolio development and webcasting Active voluntary role in community Career Trek and “Let’s Get to Work” conference Don Presant: Chair of Manitoba PLA Network (MPLAN) Community Telecentre COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT: technology literacy, engagement, expression, work Video-conference (in development) job interviews , online learning e.g. classes for prospective immigrants overseas, workplace training Other community learning events (subscribe to other networks) Collaborative Workshop Environment Hands-On ePortfolio and related workshops Digital Production Studios Photos, objects, actions, interviews, simulations Images, audio, video, text Quick set-up, quick turnaround (photo vs. scan, permanent lighting setup, direct to disk recording, etc.) Multimedia Post Production Facility : career profiles, ePortfolio resources, training videos Production and Facilitation Support Services: staff, freelance & partners
  • Project Team selection: IBM Blue Pages “ mobility and recognition between different learning settings and workplaces” The VET E-portfolio Roadmap: A strategic roadmap for e-portfolios to support lifelong learning (2009)
  • Video excerpts from Settlement.Org project: Agustin…reflection Duane…transferring skills
  • RPL is good workforce development practice based on authentic and transparent assessment and documentation of skills and knowledge learned in the workplace. RPL can help: Capture and recognize verified skills and knowledge, regardless of where they were acquired. Document skills and competencies required in the workplace. Provide practical assessments - through demonstrations, interviews, work samples, portfolios and formal testing. Document evidence of skills and learning to assist workers in finding and keeping employment, and transitioning through their workplaces and to other jobs. RPL is good workforce development that promotes strategies and tools which recognize formal and informal learning. Over the past decade, RPL has evolved into an effective practice to assist employers, labour and other labour market partners in meeting diverse workforce development challenges.
  • Government mandated…a real competency ecosystem…lots of products, interwoven systems Personal Development Planning National Vocational Qualification Work Based Learning Continuing Professional Development
  • 3,000,000 citizens ePortfolio for the country Start in HS, take through life
  • Ie NOT an educational institution…community-based learning funds are flowed to this committee for projects annually Coordinated by Industry Training Partnerships, Manitoba Competitiveness Training and Trade – Sandi Howell
  • Like functional skills... 17 page reports 300+, more coming In 1994, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada launched a national research study, the Essential Skills Research Project (ESRP), to examine how the essential skills were used in various jobs. More than 3,000 interviews have now been conducted across Canada with people working in some 180 occupations. The ESRP initially focused on occupations requiring a secondary school diploma or less and on-the-job training.
  • Some might find this slide useful… Organizational ITC systems: LMS, corporate eRecruitment, HR systems and Job Banks
  • Like Careers Wales Online, eFolio Minnesota Inspiration from MOSEP
  • Exemplar portfolio: Rommuel Paragas VM Immigrant – young male (life story). Many skills, but lacks qualifications Profile Page: Professional Page Drafts and documentation Multimedia Recently themed Logged out content Logged in: enter course (Group) Course layout: -Orientation/5 steps -Content types: presentation, survey/quiz, (building) task, optional enhancement Demonstrating capabilities as part of course: -Views, navigation blocks, images -Embeds: YouTube, Screenr, Slidecast Connections to Moodle: survey, quiz, glossary, Help -under construction -moving away from Mahara Users book
  • Mahara as “thin” scaffolding for a broader eportfolio ecosystem Currently experimenting with RSS in/out Recently added Google Apps...not sure all implications Future: Moodle 2.0 and Mahara...dynamic, web service based
  • Self-assessment build your confidence by recognizing the skills you already have see your learning gaps and make plans to fill then Develop communication skills collaborate with mentors and teachers see your improvement over time Develop other necessary skills and knowledge personal marketing skills (e.g. interview answers) plan your career options build your knowledge of your field in Canada (personal knowledge locker) Build your Network “ Friend of a Friend” and other skills and interest linkages “ Digital evidence bank” to support you for: cold calling emailing resume/cover letter follow-up to interviews Personal space for learning and building knowledge private, shared and public sections (private -> public) a journal of your learning process and ongoing professional development
  • Employer managed Human Capital tool… like ePortfolio, but without learner ownership Bell, Alcan
  • Employer managed Human Capital tool… like ePortfolio, but without learner ownership Bell, Alcan
  • However this idea reflects a growing movement in technology generally… ePortfolio doesn’t have to be one big thing, can be an aggregate made up of pieces of other systems, e.g.: Learning Management System Job Referral Service Credential information Multifunctional, flexible, can serve needs of different communities, stakeholders Enables customization to particular needs
  • Career Portfolio Manitoba - CAPLA 2011

    1. 1. Career Portfolio Manitoba Community-based ePortfolio for Adult Employability CAPLA November 2011 Don Presant
    2. 2. <ul><ul><li>E-learning resources & services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning community support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consulting </li></ul></ul>Learning Agents Accelerated learning systems
    3. 3. What is ePortfolio?
    4. 4. ePortfolio: product and process <ul><li>Digital archive </li></ul><ul><li>Showcase: celebration & assessment of learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Acceptance/advanced standing, course requirement, graduation requirement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workplace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hiring, HR development, professional development, project team selection </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>FuturEd 2004 </li></ul>
    5. 5. ePortfolio: product and process <ul><li>Assessment for learning (e.g. CLPA) </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection, self-assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Transferring skills, making transitions </li></ul><ul><li>Coaching, collaborative learning </li></ul><ul><li>Learning plans </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Management </li></ul><ul><li>FuturEd 2004 </li></ul>
    6. 6. Personal Planning and Learning Online Locker, Interactive Workbook <ul><li>Online archive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal & downloaded documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to useful websites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resources for self-directed learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Webinars, videos, self-assessment surveys </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learning plans and tracking tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Set goals and track progress to them (Learning Plans) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep records of learning activities over time (CPD) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Personal journal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflect on goals and alternative futures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep ad hoc “notes to self”, prepare agendas, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ongoing Personal Learning Environment (PLE) </li></ul>
    7. 7. Employment & related purposes Demonstrate, assess & improve Human Capital <ul><li>Qualification Recognition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Initial, formative, summative assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Academic recognition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PLAR/RPL for courses and programs ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Career Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gap analysis, exploration of alternatives, building pathways </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Employment (Web CV) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hiring, career advancement, team building tool for employers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Continuing Professional Development (CPD) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tracking ongoing learning activities and reflection on practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recertification </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. ePortfolio & industry-based PLAR Small “r” recognition <ul><li>A workforce development strategy based on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognizing learning regardless of where it was acquired </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Actively seeking evidence of learning in individuals to enhance their opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Specific applications: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruitment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Process/role/workstation qualification, team building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training needs identification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internal promotion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulatory and certification compliance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Performance management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talent management, succession planning </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. RPL around the world UK: QCF, WBL, PDP, CPD...
    10. 10. Professional Example Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
    11. 11. Regional solutions Inspiration for Manitoba
    12. 12. Career Portfolio Manitoba Current stakeholders: WEM & WPLAR <ul><li>Nonprofit partnerships of Government, Business and Labour </li></ul><ul><li>WEM: workplace education in Essential Skills </li></ul><ul><li>WPLAR: workplace Recognition of Prior Learning </li></ul>
    13. 13. Canada’s Essential Skills Contextualized by workplace occupation… <ul><li>Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Document use </li></ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Numeracy </li></ul><ul><li>Digital technology </li></ul><ul><li>Oral communication </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem Solving, Decision Making, Critical Thinking, Job Task Planning and Organizing, Significant Use of Memory, Finding Information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Working with others </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous learning </li></ul>
    14. 14. The Essential Skills Portfolio Origins and character <ul><li>First immigrants, now “general” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Career changers (younger, older..) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reflection on life-wide learning of Essential Skills for employability </li></ul><ul><li>Build confidence, improve “skills dialogue” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make resumes & cover letters clearer, more credible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparation tool for interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More than ES: attitudes, specialized skills </li></ul><ul><li>Product: ring binder, from electronic templates </li></ul><ul><li>18 hours class time + c. 18 hours of homework </li></ul>
    15. 15. The “ e ” factor Advantages and opportunities <ul><li>Information Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collecting, archiving, making different versions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Measurability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Frameworks, rubrics, summative tracking </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interoperability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication with other ICT systems via APIs, open standards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sharing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ One to many”, digital copies, links to specific pages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Multimedia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Video, audio, digital images, online presentations…and scanned docs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internet skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online research: documents, networks, Internet literacy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to add comments, edit, mentor, coach </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Personal Learning Environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrated learning environment, professional network, digital identity </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Essential Skills e Portfolio Program overview <ul><li>Beyond the paper portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage the “ e ” factor </li></ul><ul><li>Embed authentic ICT skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Useful software, accessible hardware </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital identity literacy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Short and modular </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6 x 3 hours </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Provide support, ongoing learning opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email, telephone support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Refresher clinics, master classes </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Vision for Career Portfolio Manitoba Career development for life <ul><li>For all Manitobans </li></ul><ul><li>Learner owned </li></ul><ul><li>Lifelong </li></ul><ul><li>Lifewide: home, community, school, work... </li></ul><ul><li>Based on (not restricted to) Essential Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Built through partnerships of stakeholders, with WEM and WPLAR as “anchor owners” </li></ul><ul><li>Globally aware, locally relevant </li></ul>
    18. 18. Implementation Online tour (
    19. 19. Choosing the platform The “Mahoodle” ecosystem Archiving Collect, Select, Reflect… Artefacts, commentary, dialogue Networks Peers, mentors Mahara tools Blog, forum, views USER DRIVEN INSTRUCTOR LED Other Web 2.0 tools Human capital development Employability Skills transfer KSA asset building Lifelong learning Other artefacts Presenting
    20. 20. Benefits for adults in transition “Career companion” <ul><li>Self-assessment, personal reflection </li></ul><ul><li>“ Digital evidence bank” to support professional goals and consideration of alternative goals </li></ul><ul><li>Personal space for learning and building knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Develop communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Build business network, personal “brand” </li></ul>
    21. 21. Benefits for unengaged employers Electronic recruitment tool <ul><li>Scaffolded solution for the Manitoba workplace </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Works with LinkedIn, job boards & other solutions already used for electronic recruitment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Candidate evaluation can begin overseas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Professional Page = quick, easy dashboard </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to further detail and downloadable resume </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Deeper, richer “Web CV” rewards closer study </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More complete picture of the candidate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authentic demonstrations of skills and knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Job Match Summary simplifies assessment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rubric aligns with employer’s original job description </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. Benefits for engaged employers Recruitment and beyond <ul><li>eSourcing/eRecruitment tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Résumé Importing/Exporting/Searching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessments & Applicant Screening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS/HRIS) </li></ul><ul><li>Onboarding (orientation) tools </li></ul><ul><li>Talent Development </li></ul><ul><li>Performance Management </li></ul><ul><li>Workforce Adjustment </li></ul>
    23. 23. Open source alternative to... Electronic human capital management
    24. 24. <ul><li>Visibility, transparency </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(esp. with exemplar case studies) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Holistic view of applicant </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Authentic valorization of experience </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Overseas engagement? </li></ul><ul><li>Value-added service to candidate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Process & product supports career development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tool for ongoing PD </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ongoing services for registered members </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Showcase, Continuing Professional Development </li></ul></ul>Benefits for regulatory bodies Supporting fairness, providing utility
    25. 25. Open Badges Essential Skills and...
    26. 26. Mahara as a “thin hub” Dynamic interoperability via web services, etc. Professional Bodies (CPD) Online Credential Verification Job Boards, Recruitment Sites Personal Networks Online Mentoring Services Localized Labour Market Information Employer HR Management Systems Thin Mahara Hub Web 2.0 YouTube LinkedIn Twitter… Government Information Portals HE Learning systems Larger Online Communities TBA
    27. 27. Career Portfolio Manitoba Provincewide solution for adults in transition <ul><li>Based on Essential Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not a straitjacket - a focus for employability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plenty of space for individual attributes, positive attitudes, speciality skills and knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><li>User friendly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For individuals and employers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be “simple and easy” or “rich and deep” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Well supported </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hands-on portfolio building program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exemplars, step by step video tutorials, ongoing user support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open source and global: getting better...and better... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexibility & sustainable continuous improvement </li></ul></ul>
    28. 28. <ul><li>Don Presant </li></ul>