Personal portal for immigrants

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The description of an ongoing project for the development of a modular personal portal supporting language learning and the social and professional integration of immigrants. Presented at ePortfolio and Digital Identity conference in Maastricht, Netherlands.

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Personal portal for immigrants

  1. 1. ePortfolio for immigrants Modular personal portal supporting lifelong learning ePortfolio and Digital Identity Oct 24th, 2008, Maastricht, Netherlands Samantha Slade
  2. 2. ePortfolios for lifelong learning <ul><li>A learning resource that </li></ul><ul><li>is meaningful for the learner </li></ul><ul><li>supports personalised learning </li></ul><ul><li>has a wider and longer use than regular course or training material (before, during and after a course). </li></ul>By El Dude, Flickr.com
  3. 3. ePortfolios for learning regions <ul><li>Organisations, community groups and employers </li></ul><ul><li>collaborating for the prosperity, vitality and stability of a region </li></ul><ul><li>collectively developing tools to support individuals. </li></ul>
  4. 4. ePortfolios for immigrants This means taking a lead in promoting partnerships and networks in which educational, social and economic agencies pool their resources to address a common action-strategy. The successful and harmonious integration of immigrants/migrants is a challenge of most modern societies. Multiple stakeholders - Government: education, employment, immigration - employers - community groups - immigrants
  5. 5. Interests of the various stakeholders: Immigrants... This means taking a lead in promoting partnerships and networks in which educational, social and economic agencies pool their resources to address a common action-strategy. - move to the region and stay (qualified work force)‏ - access local language courses and develop proficiency in local language - access employment services and resources and find appropriate employment (based on their skills)‏ - integrate into a new work culture - develop ease in daily life - bridge between home country and adopted country - integrate well with others
  6. 6. ePortfolios and challenges of knowledge society This means taking a lead in promoting partnerships and networks in which educational, social and economic agencies pool their resources to address a common action-strategy. Ensuring development of digital competence of citizens By Babak Fakhamzadeh, Flikr, Creative Commons
  7. 7. ePortfolios and challenges of knowledge society This means taking a lead in promoting partnerships and networks in which educational, social and economic agencies pool their resources to address a common action-strategy. Integrating and improving access to rich and diverse resources and services that are hidden, dispersed or fragmented. By Kazuhiko Teramoto, Flickr.com
  8. 8. A regional ePortfolio project in Québec A partnership of 5 organisations - 3 educational organisations (CS Laval, CS Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Cégèp Montmorency)‏ - technological research institute (CRIM)‏ - applied R & D company (percolab)‏
  9. 9. For the region of Laval <ul><li>1 person in 5 is an immigrant </li></ul><ul><li>more than ¼ of the population has a mother tongue other than English or French </li></ul><ul><li>immigrant group has high level of poverty and social exclusion (despite education)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>regional strategic plan includes recruiting and retaining immigrants for work force </li></ul>
  10. 10. Goals for the ePortfolio: immigrants can ... - start anytime, anywhere - learn local language and customs - develop employability skills and understanding of local work culture - develop awareness of their competence and ability to communicate it - share and interact with others (family in home country, support network, teachers, potential employers)‏ - develop a sense of pride, self efficacy and identity
  11. 11. A successful pilot phase Proof of concept for interest and use, technological solutions, and pedagogical orientations...
  12. 12. A modular widget based environment This means taking a lead in promoting partnerships and networks in which educational, social and economic agencies pool their resources to address a common action-strategy. Users may set up the environment as they wish: edit, move, add, adjust, rename everything.
  13. 13. Helpful structured methodologies Scaffolding activities to avoid the blank page syndrome.
  14. 14. Based on already existing resources and services Bring existing information into a process based on immigrant needs.
  15. 15. Technological aspects – flexible “non-sequestered” 1. Personal portal like Netvibes/Posh 2. An open-source library of widgets for ePortfolio processes 3. Embedded services See: 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
  16. 16. Phase 1, Basic version (early 2009)‏ <ul><li>Language proficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Personal profile </li></ul><ul><li>Experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Competence </li></ul>By Chris Darling, Flickr.com
  17. 17. Phase 2: Integration into the workplace (mid 2009)‏ <ul><li>Finding employment </li></ul><ul><li>Health and safety </li></ul><ul><li>Performing at interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Local work culture </li></ul><ul><li>Conflicts in the workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Business networks </li></ul><ul><li>Starting a business </li></ul><ul><li>Team work </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering </li></ul>By GracinhaMarco Abundo, Flickr.com
  18. 18. Phase 3: Daily life (late 2009)‏ <ul><li>Health </li></ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Leisure activities </li></ul><ul><li>Banking </li></ul><ul><li>Citizenship.. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Challenging project management that requires <ul><li>Integrate and adapt resources/expertise from government organisations, community groups and businesses... </li></ul><ul><li>Establish and maintain multiple agreements and partnerships </li></ul>
  20. 20. A portfolio project with a clear and large vision <ul><li>For all regional stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Towards the successful integration of immigrants </li></ul><ul><li>Give control of learning to immigrants </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate communication and networking </li></ul><ul><li>Support lifelong learning, employability and personal identity development </li></ul>By fady habib, Flickr.com
  21. 21. Samantha Slade [email_address] This presentation is available at slideshare.com/sam5 The development blog is available at percolab.com

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