Career Portfolio Manitoba for ASEC


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  • Themes: Technology (Internet/Web 2.0/social software, but also integrated Human Capital systems) Informal learning (community of practice) ePortfolio Open standards (open source)
  • 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
  • Artist’s Portfolio, Financial Portfolio Financial capital, human capital, social capital Competencies, more popular in colleges than universities…big at RRC and ALCs Components of paper portfolio: (RRC – PLAR Summer Institute, 2006) Cover page Table of Contents Letter of Introduction Career and Education Goals/Plan Resume Learning/Performance Outcomes -self-assessment -narrative Documentation/proof -index -documentation Chronological record (optional)
  • Occupation and field-specific skills and knowledge (job descriptions, occupational profiles) Essential Skills, Employability Skills Official Language Skills … can also be a learning environment
  • 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)
  • Organizational ITC systems: LMS, corporate eRecruitment, HR systems and Job Banks
  • 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 (Registrations: 29,537 in 2004/05 to 243,990 in 2007/08., 360,000 late 2009, 81,000 logins in 24hr period) Careers Wales: A Review in an International Perspective 2009 ePortfolio for the country Start in HS, take through life
  • Minnesota PSE-driven, but a lifelong resource for all citizens Started 2005(?) Almost 70,000 registered users by 2007, over 100,000 by 2010 Pennsylvania Started in 2009, supported by PA Dept. of Labor & Industry Uses same platform as Minnesota Also: now eFolio UK
  • EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS SkillsSolutionsNet – Conference Board of Canada Ontario Skills Passport ESSENTIAL SKILLS ESPORT…proprietary, linked t Plato Learning Systems
  • Digital identity…. How many are on Facebook How many use YouTube…have uploaded? Anyone can be a publisher
  • Linked in = Facebook for Adults
  • EIfEL (European Institute for E-Learning) is an independent, not-for-profit European professional association whose mission is to support organisations, communities and individuals in building a knowledge economy and a learning society through innovative and reflective practice, continuing professional development and the use of knowledge, information and learning technologies. EIfEL is leading the Europortfolio consortium and is a founding member of EFQUEL the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning
  • Mobile Learning in Universities Client: Assessment and Learning in Practice Settings (ALPS). Challenge: To create a service platform allowing tutors to send assessments and supporting materials to the mobile devices of Health and Social Care students on work-based practice. The ALPS partners are the Health and Social Care faculties of Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds Metropolitan and York St John Universities, as well as the NHS Yorkshire and the Humber. The other bodies involved are T-Mobile, ecommnet and MyKnowledgeMap. The five universities involved in the ALPS project were using different VLEs, but they all required access to the same template assessment package. ALPS asked MyKnowledgeMap to provide a tool which would allow the tutors to create and package the assessments for delivery to the devices. Solution: The service platform created for the ALPS project, based on our Multi-Port system , allowed tutors to send assessments and supporting materials to mobile devices which the students used while on work-based practice. Tutors across all five institutions could create tailor-made assessments using a wide range of question types including multiple choice, fill in the gaps, and free text questions. The assessments could then be uploaded to Compendle and packaged with supporting materials such as additional instructions or extra reading. The students could then complete the assessments whilst at work and submit their answers for marking and feedback. Award-winning: The ALPS project won the Innovation Award in the Tertiary, FE & HE category at the 2009 Handheld Learning Awards. The event has become the largest of its kind. It brings together thought leaders, innovators, practitioners, developers, policy and decision makers from the education, technology and entertainment sectors. The ALPS project also won the Techworld Mobility Project of the Year 2008.
  • Australian Flexible Learning Framework. So, that is basically a national e-learning strategy which is $15 million every year that used to be given out in drips and drops and it’s for the past 10 years been aggregated into one fund and made available for e-learning projects. So, all of our e-portfolio work is funded through this. Unfortunately out of the $15 million we get a very small amount to do e-portfolio stuff but it’s been really important to have that national focus. Big privacy document, broken down into simpler guidelines Also: ePCoP ePortfolios Australia Conference 2010 So, where we are at, at the moment, we have these guidelines that have been developed based on the privacy impact assessment that we commissioned and stakeholder consultations that we did last year, particularly aimed at states and territories and managers of learner information. One of the things that we are planning to do next is look at what learners are looking for, as well, out of e-portfolios. It’s that sort of stereotype that Gen Y and younger are happy to just put everything up and don’t care about privacy and it’s no longer an issue; then the other extreme is Gen X and above are really protective and want to control everything. They are obviously extreme stereotypes but we need to find ways to deal with people that are on that spectrum.
  • funds are flowed to this committee for projects annually Coordinated by Industry Training Partnerships, Manitoba Competitiveness Training and Trade – Sandi Howell
  • Step 1: Identify life experiences and identify examples of essential skills that you have Include: Volunteer experiences Hobbies School Work Step 2: Reflect – Identify knowledge, skills and attitudes What do I know, what can I do, what attitudes are needed?   Step 3: Writing outcomes: Clear, correct and concise   Complete writing outcomes, using action words   Step 4: Group into areas of expertise SMART goals   Create functional lists of essential skills Create functional lists for areas of expertise Create SMART goals Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Timely   Step 5: Put it all together in the portfolio Introduction Title Page Table of Contents Personal Statement or Introduction   Essential Skills Lists Areas of Expertise: Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes Writing Outcomes Functional Lists Resumes Cover letters Demonstrations, certificates, transcripts Goals/Plans
  • 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 for ASEC

    1. 1. ePortfolios & Social Software for Learning International Update ASEC Spring Conference March 4, 2011
    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. Recognition of Prior Learning The language of skills & knowledge <ul><li>RPL = a way to determine what a person knows and can do </li></ul><ul><li>RPL can be used for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>access to education (advanced standing) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>career planning & professional development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>access to employment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>a Portfolio is a product of RPL </li></ul><ul><li>an e Portfolio is a digital portfolio </li></ul>
    4. 4. Key elements <ul><li>Links individual’s skills/accomplishments to skills frameworks </li></ul><ul><li>A record of formal AND experiential learning </li></ul><ul><li>Claims backed by digital evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Learner ownership </li></ul><ul><li>More than a showcase </li></ul>
    5. 5. Credentials vs. ePortfolio <ul><li>Credentials </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect time spent in class </li></ul><ul><li>Questionable proficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Proxy for skills and knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Dated </li></ul><ul><li>Variable quality </li></ul><ul><li>Formal learning only </li></ul><ul><li>ePortfolio </li></ul><ul><li>Reflects time spent learning </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence-based proficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Statement of actual skills and knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>“ Living” </li></ul><ul><li>Systematic </li></ul><ul><li>All learning valued </li></ul>(Courtesy FuturEd)
    6. 6. 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>
    7. 7. ePortfolio: product and process A system to manage informal learning <ul><li>Assessment of / for learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Showcase / Personal Learning Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archive / “tickle trunk” </li></ul></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, Knowledge Management </li></ul><ul><li>FuturEd 2004 </li></ul>
    8. 8. MOSEP – Pedagogical concept MOSEP p 39 Assessment of learning Assessment for learning Purpose prescribed Purpose negotiated Artifacts mandated – scoring for external use Artifacts chosen – feedback to learner Organized by teacher Organized by learner Summative (past to present) Formative (present to future) Institution-centered Student-centered Requires extrinsic motivation Intrinsically motivating
    9. 9. 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>Measureability </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>
    10. 10. ePortfolio: Human Capital tool For individual & employer
    11. 11. ePortfolio examples <ul><li>Theo Ramsey – Technical sergeant > manager </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Michael Woolley – Industrial mechanic </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Michal Kopera – Engineering PhD </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Kevin Fisher – Accountant </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sarah Stewart – Nurse/educator </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ted Johnson - Senior VP/Chief Marketing Officer </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mark Farand – Executive Director </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>See more at:
    12. 12. RPL and ePortfolio around the world UK: NVQ, WBL, PDP, CPD...
    13. 13. National, regional initiatives Careers Wales Online
    14. 14. My Portfolio (Mahara) New Zealand
    15. 15. MOSEP Europe
    16. 16. United States eFolio Minnesota, Pennsylvania, “World”
    17. 17. Canada Employability Skills 2000+, Essential Skills
    18. 18. Canada - RRC/NBCC Socrates -1
    19. 19. Canada - RRC/NBCC Socrates -2
    20. 20. A plethora of ePortfolios…
    21. 21. Open Source/Web 2.0 growing…
    22. 22. Web 2.0, social software “Publish yourself”
    23. 23. LinkedIn Example
    24. 24. Learning Forum London 2010 European Institute for E-learning (EIfEL)
    25. 25. General impressions Technology <ul><li>Open Source </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mahara/Moodle/Sakai/Drupal/WordPress </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open Standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leap2A, Europass, HR-XML, XCRI </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0, social software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>YouTube, Twitter, Delicious </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mashups and “combo platters” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mahoodle, Gahoodle, </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mobile applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ALPS, others </li></ul></ul>
    26. 26. General impressions Employability and workplace <ul><li>School to work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Newcastle, Australia </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Accrediting workplace learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>European Initiative for the Promotion of Informal Learning (EIPIL) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Professional accreditation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Health professions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Workforce Adjustment, regional strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limburg Province, The Netherlands </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Adult employability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Portfolio Manitoba </li></ul></ul>
    27. 27. Europe EIPIL-PAN, ALPS
    28. 28. Australia Flexible Learning Framework Gen Y vs. Gen X & Boomers
    29. 29. Career Portfolio Manitoba Essential Skills ePortfolio for Employability ePortfolio Community of Practice, Australia October 29, 2010 Don Presant Linda Maxwell
    30. 30. Career Portfolio Manitoba
    31. 31. Stakeholders:WEM & WPLAR Workplace Education Manitoba, Workplace PLAR <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>
    32. 32. 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>
    33. 33. Building the ES portfolio Extracting value from experience <ul><li>Identify life experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect to draw out human capital </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ KSAs”: Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Write outcome statements for your KSAs </li></ul><ul><li>Group into areas of expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Put it all together in a portfolio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Title page, table of contents, introduction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lists: skills, examples & outcomes statements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evidence-demonstrations, documentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resumes and cover letters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goals and plans (SMART goals) </li></ul></ul>
    34. 34. Vision for Career Portfolio Manitoba Career development for life <ul><li>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 tenants” </li></ul><ul><li>Globally aware, locally relevant </li></ul>
    35. 35. Choosing the platform The “Mahoodle” ecosystem Export artefacts (learning products) <ul><li>Blended learning </li></ul><ul><li>Synch/asynch, in class/online </li></ul><ul><li>Exposition </li></ul><ul><li>Assess for comprehension </li></ul><ul><li>Build knowledge </li></ul>Collect, Select, Reflect… Artefacts, commentary, dialogue Networks Peers, mentors Mahara tools : Blog, forum, views “ Single Sign On” USER DRIVEN INSTRUCTOR LED Other Web 2.0 tools: Human capital Employability Skills transfer KSA asset building Other artefacts Submit for recognition Links to artefacts & views; assignments, evidence for outcomes
    36. 36. Essential Skills e Portfolio Program overview <ul><li>Adapt the paper curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage the “ e ” factor </li></ul><ul><li>Embed authentic ICT skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use relevant software applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use accessible multimedia hardware </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Provide ongoing learning support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gap training / PD for SMART goals using Moodle </li></ul></ul>
    37. 37. Implementation Job match summary
    38. 38. Next steps <ul><li>Pilot </li></ul><ul><li>Train the trainer </li></ul><ul><li>Iterate, adapt </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audiences, delivery formats </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Complete the business plan </li></ul><ul><li>Build partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Grow </li></ul>
    39. 39. <ul><li>Other government departments </li></ul><ul><li>Other non-profits </li></ul><ul><li>Sector Councils </li></ul><ul><li>Individual employers </li></ul><ul><li>Educational institutions </li></ul>Potential partners
    40. 40. Community of communities “Small pieces, loosely joined” Student Records Online Credential Verification Job Boards, Recruitment Sites Personal Networks, Communities Localized Labour Market Information Employer HR Management Systems Government Information Portals Mahoodle Hub eGovernment Single Window Service Online Mentoring Services Web 2.0 YouTube LinkedIn Twitter…
    41. 41. Further reading <ul><li>MyPortfolio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Report: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MOSEP </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Toolbox (curr/report): </li></ul></ul><ul><li>EIfEL - </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    42. 42. <ul><li>Don Presant </li></ul>[email_address]