ePortfolios in Schools  Learning Companions,   Learning Showcases    Alberta Teleconference       January 9, 2013
Learning AgentsAccelerated learning systems            E-learning resources & services              Learning community sup...
Agenda•   Why ePortfolio?•   About Mahara•   Online Tour•   Exploring the future    – Mahara    – Alberta
Why ePortfolios? Another answer: Middle School Student-led Conferences Spring 2010 (South Korea) http://youtu.be/u3BJp8vDlew
Why ePortfolios? Grandma says…Helen Barrett http://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/11873587
Why ePortfolios?    Student feedbackJamin Lietze http://www.slideshare.net/jlietze/e-eportfolios-an-interactive-inspection...
What is ePortfolio?A learning companion     http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/e-portfolios
Why ePortfolios?Yin and Yang• Portfolio OF Learning  – Showcase, summative• Portfolio FOR Learning  – Constructive, format...
Another viewBalancing the Two Faces of ePortfolios    Helen Barrett http://electronicportfolios.org/balance/
Mahara ePortfolioUnder the hood• Core capabilities:  –   Profile, resume  –   Files, Notes  –   Learning Journals (blogs),...
ePortfolios for K-12MyPortfolio, New Zealand• 1,125 schools, 40,465 active accounts, 7,525 groups• Built on Mahara In Cana...
Mahara for LearningExamples from the Mahara newsletter• ePortfolios in High School English   – http://softwareforlearning....
Mahara for PDAlvernia University Leadership ePortfolio• 44 K-12 principals in training• Create Mahara based Leadership ePo...
Mahara for PLAR/RPLModel example: Athabasca
Career Portfolio                  Manitoba              Employability ePortfolio               using Essential SkillsDon P...
Career Portfolio ManitobaFeatured elements• Portfolio building course  – Video tutorials, support• Templates  – Pages and ...
Career Portfolio ManitobaDemonstration
Personal Planning and LearningOnline Locker, Interactive Workbook• Online archive   – Personal & downloaded documents, lin...
Employment & related purposesDemonstrate, assess & improve Human Capital• Qualification Recognition   – Initial, formative...
Success FactorsStudent perspective• Watch the frame of reference   – Emphasize “internal” (personal values & interests) ov...
Future MaharaOn the horizon• Upcoming versions of Mahara    – Every 6 months•   Open Badges•   New plug-ins•   Web service...
Mahara Open Source CommunityCollaborating to improve Mahara   v1.5           v1.6            v1.7 (inc.)
The Open Badges Initiative     Coming in 2013Richard Wyles, Totara LMS at MaharaUK12http://maharauk.org/mod/resource/view....
Next steps?Mahara in Alberta•   Awareness•   Training•   Community building•   Collaboration
Don Presantdon@learningagents.ca   (204) 219-5933PRESENTATION SUPPORT PAGE  http://bit.ly/ep4schools
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  • Federal corporation, HQ in ManitobaMultimedia learning resources for career development, workplace learning and professional developmentSpecialty: facilitating, packaging & disseminating insights of learners, practitioners and subject matter expertsProducer of “Career Destination” solutions through community partnerships since 2001Opened Learning Agents eStudiosin 2007multimedia & video facility for learning resource production, ePortfolio development and webcastingActive voluntary role in communityCareer Trek and “Let’s Get to Work” conferenceDon Presant: Chair of Manitoba PLA Network (MPLAN) Community Telecentre COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT: technology literacy, engagement, expression, workVideo-conference (in development)job interviews , online learning e.g. classes for prospective immigrants overseas, workplace trainingOther community learning events (subscribe to other networks)Collaborative Workshop EnvironmentHands-On ePortfolio and related workshopsDigital Production StudiosPhotos, objects, actions, interviews, simulationsImages, audio, video, textQuick set-up, quick turnaround (photo vs. scan, permanent lighting setup, direct to disk recording, etc.)Multimedia Post Production Facility :career profiles, ePortfolio resources, training videosProduction and Facilitation Support Services: staff, freelance & partners
  • by Joseph ElderAt Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania, USA, K-12 principals in training are required to create Mahara based Leadership ePortfolios as they complete graduate level principal certification courses. These structured ePortfolios are based upon standards developed by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) and the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership Standards (PILS). This template allows prospective principals to document personal development and professional growth from the first course through the principal internship and certification process.Use of the ePortfolio as a pedagogical tool provides integration of knowledge between courses, collaboration between students, and on-going assessment and mentoring from university instructors. Instructors of and students in the principal cohorts are able to comment on and critique the developing ePortfolios as reflections and artifacts are uploaded. This interaction promotes development of lasting professional relationships among this group of pre-professional K-12 principals, anticipated to be educational leaders for several decades.The Alvernia University Leadership ePortfolio initiative has grown considerably since the Fall of 2011 with 44 ePortfolios under development. As the project develops, the integrity of the principal certification program improves and students gain valuable personal and professional knowledge within standards set by national and state accrediting organizations.
  • Frame of Reference: Matt Elliot and Jennifer TurnsSimple tasks to begin: enter profile information, annotate artefactPrompts for reflection, structured reflection
  • Mahara 4 schools

    1. 1. ePortfolios in Schools Learning Companions, Learning Showcases Alberta Teleconference January 9, 2013
    2. 2. Learning AgentsAccelerated learning systems E-learning resources & services Learning community support Consulting
    3. 3. Agenda• Why ePortfolio?• About Mahara• Online Tour• Exploring the future – Mahara – Alberta
    4. 4. Why ePortfolios? Another answer: Middle School Student-led Conferences Spring 2010 (South Korea) http://youtu.be/u3BJp8vDlew
    5. 5. Why ePortfolios? Grandma says…Helen Barrett http://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/11873587
    6. 6. Why ePortfolios? Student feedbackJamin Lietze http://www.slideshare.net/jlietze/e-eportfolios-an-interactive-inspection-of-a-primary-teachers-journey-with-eportfolios-from-inspiration-to-implementation
    7. 7. What is ePortfolio?A learning companion http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/e-portfolios
    8. 8. Why ePortfolios?Yin and Yang• Portfolio OF Learning – Showcase, summative• Portfolio FOR Learning – Constructive, formative
    9. 9. Another viewBalancing the Two Faces of ePortfolios Helen Barrett http://electronicportfolios.org/balance/
    10. 10. Mahara ePortfolioUnder the hood• Core capabilities: – Profile, resume – Files, Notes – Learning Journals (blogs), Learning Plans – Pages, Collections • Embed external media, Google Apps, RSS feeds – Groups – Multi-layered privacy, multiple languages• Third Party Plugins (Web 2.0) – My CPD, My Learning, Embed.ly, etc.
    11. 11. ePortfolios for K-12MyPortfolio, New Zealand• 1,125 schools, 40,465 active accounts, 7,525 groups• Built on Mahara In Canada: ePEARL
    12. 12. Mahara for LearningExamples from the Mahara newsletter• ePortfolios in High School English – http://softwareforlearning.tki.org.nz/Snapshots/MyPortfolio• Inquiry Based Learning (Google Apps and Mahara) – http://softwareforlearning.tki.org.nz/Snapshots/Google-Apps• Mahara and LMS – http://softwareforlearning.tki.org.nz/Snapshots/MyPortfolio2• Constructivism in Year 11 Geography – http://softwareforlearning.tki.org.nz/Snapshots/myPortfolio3
    13. 13. Mahara for PDAlvernia University Leadership ePortfolio• 44 K-12 principals in training• Create Mahara based Leadership ePortfolios as they complete graduate level principal certification courses• Standards based template to document personal development and professional growth• Integrative reflection, collaboration, assessment and mentoring via commenting and critique of artefacts and reflections https://mahara.org/newsletter/
    14. 14. Mahara for PLAR/RPLModel example: Athabasca
    15. 15. Career Portfolio Manitoba Employability ePortfolio using Essential SkillsDon Presant Linda Maxwell
    16. 16. Career Portfolio ManitobaFeatured elements• Portfolio building course – Video tutorials, support• Templates – Pages and collections • Job Match Summary• Fictional exemplar• Extensive use of Web 2.0 – YouTube, Screenr, LinkedIn…
    17. 17. Career Portfolio ManitobaDemonstration
    18. 18. Personal Planning and LearningOnline Locker, Interactive Workbook• Online archive – Personal & downloaded documents, links• Resources for self-directed learning – Webinars, videos, self-assessment surveys• Learning plans and tracking tools – Set goals and track progress to them (Learning Plans) – Keep records of learning activities over time (CPD)• Personal journal – Reflect on goals and alternative futures – Keep ad hoc “notes to self”, prepare agendas, etc.• Ongoing Personal Learning Environment (PLE) – “Continuous Learning Environment”
    19. 19. Employment & related purposesDemonstrate, assess & improve Human Capital• Qualification Recognition – Initial, formative, summative assessment• Academic recognition – PLAR/RPL for courses and programs• Career Development – Gap analysis, exploration of alternatives, building pathways• Employment (Web CV) – Hiring, career advancement, team building tool for employers• Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – Tracking ongoing learning activities and reflection on practice – Recertification
    20. 20. Success FactorsStudent perspective• Watch the frame of reference – Emphasize “internal” (personal values & interests) over “external” (expectations of employers & recruiters)• Focus on learning, not just assessment – PLE, lifelong companion, personal narrative – Private, shared and public space• Start early and monitor progress• Emphasize content over technology• Provide opportunities for peer interaction – Peer review, brainstorming, portfolio buddies, presenting portfolios• Take small steps with lots of scaffolding – Simple tasks to begin, provide examples – Provide technical and content support and feedback• Eat your own dog food (i.e. build your own eportfolio)
    21. 21. Future MaharaOn the horizon• Upcoming versions of Mahara – Every 6 months• Open Badges• New plug-ins• Web services• Your improvements
    22. 22. Mahara Open Source CommunityCollaborating to improve Mahara v1.5 v1.6 v1.7 (inc.)
    23. 23. The Open Badges Initiative Coming in 2013Richard Wyles, Totara LMS at MaharaUK12http://maharauk.org/mod/resource/view.php?id=117
    24. 24. Next steps?Mahara in Alberta• Awareness• Training• Community building• Collaboration
    25. 25. Don Presantdon@learningagents.ca (204) 219-5933PRESENTATION SUPPORT PAGE http://bit.ly/ep4schools

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