Published on March 18, 2014
Eportfolios for employment Dr George Roberts OCSLD 17 March 2014 Personal development planning Reflective learning
Definitions • What do you understand by the term eportfolio?
Eportfolio • Items • Presentations • Systems • Processes • Challenges
Items • Stuff – Any object that can be stored or referenced digitally – Anywhere • Made by you / about you
Presentation • An organised collection of eportfolio items (stuff) to show for a purpose – Assessment, employment • On a stick • Online – Email, G-drive, wiki, website, mashup • Printout
Systems • Integrated personal repository with tools for uploading, storing, curating, categorising, annotating and presenting the eporttfolio items • And, tools for limiting the audience – PebblePad http://www.pebblepad.co.uk/ – Mahara https://mahara.org/ and https://mahara.brookes.ac.uk/ – FolioTek http://www.foliotek.com/professional- portfolio
Peek at Brookes Mahara https://mahara.brookes.ac.uk/
Collections for rhetorical purposes: get that job!
Activity Git Hub case study • Is GitHub an eportfolio? • Repository • Tool • Presentation • Reflection https://github.com/janpaepke
Activity • Consider the list on the next slide • How might these support eportfolio processes: – Collection (Repository) – Selection (Tools: up/down load, curate, select, manage audience) – Presentation – Reflection
What about • Facebook • G+ • LinkedIn • Flickr • Instagram • Tumblr • Pinterest • Personal web page • …? • GitHub • Badges • Backpack • Google Drive • Streetview • Blog • And of course, a CV with links
Repository, tool, presentation Repository Tool Process Software and apps Social media
Reflection at the heart • Evidence • It is not what you have done • It is what you have learned • What it shows you can do • And what you bring to the audience • Don’t make them interpret your CV!
Personal “success” is linked to national and institutional success • What constitutes personal success? – employment?, satisfaction? friendship? love? • Where is success important? – domestic life – public life: education, community, employment – third spaces • How can success be measured? • How does success differ between people and contexts? • Can eportfolios help people to define their own success? – through reflection on past events with evidence – enhanced with peer or mentor commentary and feedback Who owns your Success?
e-Portfolios Susie’s Journey http://www.jisc.ac.uk/index.cfm?name=pub_inform6 MLEs for Lifelong Learning http://www.jisc.ac.uk/mle Susie gets Pregnant Susie’s boyfriend is banged up Susie’s goes down for bringing drugs to prison Susie leaves school Must get job. Don’t want employer to know my past After 10 years and 3 attempts, Susie gets out gets clean & finds community learning Susie gets her chaotic life together, formalises basic skills, gets ECDL, discovers she likes computers and helping people learn: becomes a learning technologist Where I live they tolerate crime, drugs and antisocial behaviour and expect low personal achievement. They don’t think like the mainstream and there is strong pressure to conform.
Unexpected outcomes • ePortfolios are about process, “storytelling” not a tool or a product or a packet of information to be exchanged between systems. • Understanding of e-portfolio processes was surprisingly well articulated – End users clearly distinguished between the potential of e- portfolio processes and the sometimes buggy software • the "CV plus" is qualitatively different from a paper CV • "e-portfolio literacy" issues exist for assessors as well as compilers and presenters
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