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ePortoflios for lifelong learning


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Presentation given to VET ePortfolio Showcase 2009

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ePortoflios for lifelong learning

  1. 1. VET e-portfolios Showcase 09: Learning for Life16th October, 2009<br />E-portfolios for lifelong learning<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br />Review of SICTAS report ‘e-Portfolios beyond education and training’<br />Better support for lifelong learners<br />Focus on ACE sector<br />2<br />
  3. 3. SICTAS Research: Overview<br />Globally, e-portfolios are being used beyond traditional formal education environments in a number of areas including:<br />supporting workers facing redundancy<br />Career development<br />Workforce development and planning<br />Continuing professional development (CPD)<br />Lifelong learning<br />Articulation of skills and experience<br />Developing competencies with ICT<br />This research looked at some of these areas and investigated their potential for use in Australia<br />Did so by reviewing existing regional implementations and interviewing implementers<br />Looked at challenges for e-portfolio providers and owners from a lifelong learning perspective <br />3<br />
  4. 4. The e-portfolio epidemic<br />Non-institutional eportfolios<br />Generally fit into two categories<br />Industry specific<br />Regional<br />Regional ones don’t seem to be a global phenomena<br />Cultural issues<br />Not ‘pandemic’<br />Greater adoption in Europe, parts of USA and Australia / New Zealand<br />Difficult to accumulate a wide body of evidence to support claims of the value that they provide<br />(only a small number of large-scale implementations)<br />Careers Wales<br />NedCar<br />eFolio Minnesota<br />Europass<br />4<br />
  5. 5. Career Development and Lifelong Learning<br />Careers Wales<br />Part of Welsh Government’s lifelong learning agenda<br />Over 250,000 users<br />75% - 80% registered users are students<br />Customised versions to support specific user groups<br />Tools to support users at different stages of their careers<br />Myfuture <br />Australia’s career information and exploration service<br />Contains a great deal of career/employment information<br />Most students in our schools use this as their career exploration service – have an identity on it<br />Perform a number of e-portfolio functions<br />Except gathering evidence, selecting and publishing<br />Findings<br />JISC has investigated a number of (localised) eportfolio opportunities/challenges<br />Need to fund similar projects looking at addressing local (Australian) challenges<br />Integrating e-portfolio with other career development tools and services has yielded positive results in Wales<br />5<br />
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  9. 9. Workforce development and planning/workforce adjustment<br />eFolio Minnesota<br />Regional implementation for all Minnesota residents<br />Also being used for development and planning<br />The Netherlands<br />‘Towards a future that works’<br />NedCar<br />Shift from employment economy to an ad hoc project economy<br />Goal: flexible, mobile and transparent labour market<br />What can we learn from NedCar?<br />Local, large-scale redundancies<br />E-portfolios may play a supportive role in strategies developed to address this type of scenario<br />Are we offering similar services?<br />9<br />
  10. 10. Lifelong learning for an individual<br />An example: a lifelong learning story (so far)<br />A degree<br />Working for a long time<br />Pre-date the Web<br />Adult education<br />Other<br />10<br />
  11. 11. My ‘Web’ presence<br />Can it be the basis of an eportfolio?<br />I have a presence on the Web<br />You can find quite a bit of the digital ‘me’ with Google but….<br />Not all of me<br />Don’t confuse me with others<br />Can you verify the accurateness and authenticity of anything you find?<br />If you are checking up on me as part consideration for hiring me what you are doing might be illegal<br />There’s a lot of stuff missing<br />I have no control<br />Processes that support reflection (from an eportfolio perspective)<br />11<br />
  12. 12. An aside: legal implications<br />We have all heard stories warning of placing photos, views etc on social networking sites but….<br />Recent CareerOne article highlights dangers to the employers as well as employees (Southam, 2009)<br />Privacy Act<br />Must inform candidate they have collected personal information<br />Reason for gathering that information<br />Let them know who else will see the information<br />General Protections section of Fair Work Act<br />‘Cannot treat someone adversely for exercising a workplace right’<br />Eg unfair dismissal claim, workers compensation<br />Maybe the ‘Web’ is not such a good place for employers to be researching job candidates<br />12<br />
  13. 13. Some other problems<br />What is lacking on general web services from a lifelong learning e-portfolio perspective?<br />Depends on what your intent is but possibly..<br />The process<br />Collect<br />Select<br />Reflect<br />Publish<br />Support<br />However, don’t dismiss the cloud<br />Insidious design? (Lane 2009)<br />Must be very simple to use<br />Yet scaffold each of these activity areas effectively<br />To template or not to template?<br />I cannot control effectively who sees (parts of) my e-portfolio, when and how they see it<br />Sharing<br />Communities of interest or communities of trust?<br />Google juice<br />13<br />
  14. 14. Challenges for lifelong learners and eportfolios<br />Reflection<br />Where do I start?<br />Is it intuitive, easy to do for all?<br />Presents design and support challenges<br />Multiple portfolios over time<br />How can you support a lifelong perspective<br />Stuff just disappears (online and in the cupboard)<br />14<br />
  15. 15. Lifelong Learning: on a national scale<br />Lets have a look at the ACE sector<br />ACE is:<br />‘... all educational and training activity (i.e. vocational and non-vocational) which is delivered by community-based or community-managed organisations that provide learning opportunities for adults; and non- vocational educational and training activity which is delivered by TAFE institutes and other VET providers.’ (Choy, Haukka, 2006)<br />1,027 providers catalogued in 2006<br />Over 55% were also registered training providers (RTOs) providing vocational courses<br />What are we doing to support lifelong learners and the ACE sector?<br />Would a national e-portfolio service be useful to ACE and the many adult learners that it delivers to?<br />Should eportfolio services belong in institutions or operate independently to support lifelong learning? (Heinrich, 2008)<br />15<br />
  16. 16. Questions?<br />
  17. 17. References<br />Choy S, Haukka S, 2006. National database of ACE providers: Preliminary Analysis. Adult Learning Australia<br />Southam K, 2009. The dangers of using social networks on the job hunt. Retrieved from Web 13/10/09<br />Barden B, 2006. Community Education and National Reform: Discussion Paper. DEST<br />Bowman K, 2006. The value of ACE providers: A guide to the evidence base. Adult Learning Australia<br />Leeson J, Williams A, 2009. e-Portfolios beyond education and training. Limited<br />Heinrich E, 2008. Contrasting approaches: Institution or individual ownership in e-portfolio systems. Massey University <br />Lane L, 2009. Insidious pedagogy: How course management systems are impacting teaching. retrieved from Web 12/10/09<br />17<br />
  18. 18. Thank you<br />