Samantha Slade outilVIF : a lifelong and life wide learning e-portfolio for immigrants
Why an e-portfolio for immigrants? A changing landscape <ul><li>In region of Laval, Quebec: </li></ul><ul><li>Immigrants represent 1/5 of the population </li></ul><ul><li>More than ¼ of the population has a first language other than French or English </li></ul><ul><li>Immigrants have a higher level of poverty and social exclusion (despite their education) </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiting and keeping immigrants in the work force is part of the regional strategic plan </li></ul>
immigration support services: - during immigration process (government) - community groups immigrants: - open access on web learning institutions - digital literacy (eCulture) - language skills - career guidance regional development/ labour force - employment agencies - employers Getting started: Where to position the e-portfolio ?
immigration support services learning institutions e-p Lifelong and life wide stakeholders immigrants regional development & employers
Within that context, challenges for learning institutions to meet needs percolab and a regional educational authority (Commission scolaire de Laval) partnered to explore the potential of e-portfolios to support immigrants and learning and teaching. Eventually other partners joined in (Collège Montmorency & Commission scolaire Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier).
ePortfolio for immigrants valuing and articulating skills socio-professional integration experiences work education life language learning local daily life skills workforce eCitizen responsible self-organised networked Self-knowledge and self-confidence 21st century citizen
Lifelong learners = autonomy and control Users can organise, rename, connect, add, adjust as they want! Flexible modular environment with “smart wizards” User feedback: “ A course about me!”
Embedded resources, with a learning approach Specific to immigrant context, needs and language level
To avoid the blank page syndrome, Adaptable to different contexts. A “library” of standard structured activities VIF designed activities and the integration of existing resources
Language level 1 Language level 2 Language level 3 Language learning in workplace Finding employment Scrapbook of progress Life Lifelong life wide learning e-portfolio
outilVIF Family and network from birth country Colleagues and immigrant network Teachers and tutors Reflective learning Public web presence – digital identity Potential employers Interaction and feedback
<ul><li>Specifically 2 competencies </li></ul><ul><li>integrating technology into teaching and learning </li></ul><ul><li>experimenting innovative teaching/learning methods </li></ul>Alaska_Teacher/Angela (alstonfamily), Flickr Teachers: Using e-portfolios is part of CPD
Integrate existing resources (standards): improve access to resources and services that are too often hidden, scattered, partial. (cc) Éric Bégin - Melocheville, Québec (ericbegin), Flickr Collaborative approach: towards a learning region
Widgets for flexible learning and ePortfolios, Yves Otis http://www.percolab.com/blog/2008/09/14/widgets-for-flexible-learning-environment/ Creating Flexible User Applications Using Widget Technology , Scott Wilson http://www. elearning .ac. uk/features/feature .2008-07-08.2311704736 Blog : outilvif . qc . ca/blogue Login : outilvif . qc . ca (registration required) Access and references
Samantha Slade [email_address] .com My e-portfolio: samanthaslade . ca/wiki This presentation is available at slideshare.net/sam5