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Why eportfolios?


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Outlining why eportfolios are important for employability.

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Why eportfolios?

  1. 1. Portfolios and ePortfoliosA new employability tool Career Portfolio Manitoba Don Presant
  2. 2. Recognition of Prior LearningThe language of skills & knowledge• RPL = a way to determine what a person knows and can do• RPL can be used for: – access to education (advanced standing) – career planning & professional development – access to employment• a Portfolio is a product of RPL• an ePortfolio is a digital portfolio
  3. 3. James CrollVictorian Poster Child for RPL
  4. 4. Portfolio - Working Definition• “a collection of authentic and diverse evidence, drawn from a larger archive...• ...representing what a person or organization has learned over time on which the person or organization has reflected,• ...and designed for presentation to one or more audiences for a particular rhetorical purpose” (NLII, 2003)
  5. 5. Portfolio: key elements• Links individual’s skills/accomplishments to skills frameworks• A record of formal AND experiential learning• Claims backed by evidence• Learner ownership• More than a showcase; a lifelong learning tool
  6. 6. Résumé vs. Portfolio (Courtesy FuturEd)
  7. 7. Credentials vs. PortfolioCredentials ePortfolio• Reflect time spent in class • Reflects time spent learning• Questionable proficiency • Evidence-based proficiency• Proxy for skills and • Statement of actual skills and knowledge knowledge• Dated • “Living”• Variable quality • Systematic• Formal learning only • All learning valued (Courtesy FuturEd)
  8. 8. Portfolio: product and process• Archive of evidence• Showcase: celebration & assessment of learning – Education • Acceptance/advanced standing, course requirement, graduation requirement – Workplace • Hiring, HR development, professional development, project team selectionFuturEd 2004
  9. 9. Portfolio: product and process• Assessment for learning• Reflection, self-assessment• Transferring skills, making transitions• Coaching, collaborative learning• Learning plans• Knowledge ManagementFuturEd 2004
  10. 10. Benefits of “e”• Information Management capabilities – Collecting, archiving, making different versions – “One to many” digital shareability, links to specific pages• Integration with Internet presence – Online research: documents, networks – Internet literacy, personal network, digital identity• Collaboration – Easy to add comments, edit, mentor, coach• Measurement – Link to frameworks, rubrics, track learning over time• Integration with other ICT systems – eRecruitment, HRIS – Mobile access• Multimedia enhancement
  11. 11. ePortfolio examples• Theo Ramsey – Technical sergeant > manager –• Michael Woolley – Industrial mechanic –• Michal Kopera – Engineering PhD –• Kevin Fisher – Accountant –• Sarah Stewart – Nurse/educator –• Ted Johnson - Senior VP/Chief Marketing Officer –• Mark Farand – Executive Director –
  12. 12. Web 2.0, social software“Publish yourself”
  13. 13. Flickr Example
  14. 14. ePortfolio benefits for employability• “Digital evidence bank”• Flexible, findable showcase• Self-assessment, self-confidence• Develop communication skills• Networking environment• Personal space for learning and building knowledge
  15. 15. ePortfolios and Essential Skills• Reading Text• Document Use• Numeracy• Writing• Oral Communication• Working with Others• Continuous Learning• Thinking Skills – Problem Solving, Decision Making, Job Task Planning and Organizing, Significant Use of Memory, Finding Information• Computer Use
  16. 16. One page version…
  17. 17. United StateseFolio Minnesota, Pennsylvania, “World”
  18. 18. CanadaEmployability, Essential Skills
  19. 19. CanadaSector Councils & skills frameworks
  20. 20. EmployersHuman Capital Management
  21. 21. Career Portfolio ManitobaEssential Skills ePortfolio…for life