2019 Eportfolio Forum
Portfolios: Reflecting, Connecting and Credentialling
20-21 November 2019
Day One Keynote Speaker:
Professor Tristram Hooley, Professor of Career Education, University of Derby, United Kingdom
Scrapbooking your way to emancipation: Addressing the tensions between self-expression and commodifying the self in eportfolios
Eportfolios ask student to create an online narrative of their lives. Such portfolios begin life as private scrapbooks of personal achievements and confessional reflections. However, over time the eportfolio takes on another purpose as it heads out into the world as an emissary for the individual, seeking to engage employers and sell the achievements of the student. As we move down this route the reflective purposes of the eportfolio are diminished in favour of a need to sell yourself to prospective employers. In this presentation Professor Tristram Hooley will argue that an emancipatory approach to career learning can help us to reconcile these tensions. This mean thinking about how we understand questions of politics and power when we are thinking about the creation and communication of eportfolios. It also requires us to have an analysis as to how we can foster reflexivity as a lifelong, career supporting, practice in all of our learners and to think about what role institutional can play eportfolios in this.
Tristram Hooley is a research and writer specialising in career and career guidance. He is a portfolio worker who is variously employed as a Professor at the universities of Derby, Canterbury Christchurch and Inland Norway. He has published seven books and lots of articles and reports. He is particularly interested in the role of new technologies in education and career and can often be heard arguing that despite the array of new tech, continuity is at least as important a force in society as change. He is committed to social justice and believes that educators have to be aware of the inequalities and power relationships that exist in the societies in which they educate. Such thinking asks people to consider how their practice can be empowering and emancipatory. Tristram argues that a broad and democratic understanding of career can be a useful tool in thinking about how we square lofty aims around social justice with the need for our students to achieve a good education and make a successful transition into the workplace. Tristram writes the Adventures in Career Development blog (https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.wordpress.com/) where you can find more of his thoughts and resources.
Day Two Opening Speaker:
Associate Professor Denise Jackson, Director, Work-Integrated Learning, School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia
Using Portfolios to develop professional identity and enhance student employability
Contemporary work calls for critical practitioners who can evaluate knowledge, drive
change and create new ideas and employment. This requires our graduates to have a sufficiently formed professional identity with a strong awareness of and connection with professional practice, and the confidence and maturity to enact their capabilities at work. While higher education has paid significant attention to capability development, professional identity formation remains a relatively underexplored dimension of student employability.
Denise will draw on her recent research to consider the meaning of professional identity, its importance for future employment and determining factors for higher education students. She will explore the important role of portfolios in fostering students’ professional identity and helping to shape their professional persona to enhance employability.
Associate Professor Denise Jackson is the Director of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. Denise has received a number of research and teaching and learning awards, most recently a national Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. She sits on the National Board and is the State Chair (Western Australia) for the Australian Collaborative Education Network, the professional association for WIL in Australia. She has researched and published extensively in the areas of employability, WIL, graduate employment and underemployment, transition from university to the workplace, career development learning, and professional identity development. Denise has facilitated in Human Resource Management, WIL and in dedicated employability programs in the tertiary sector for a number of years, both in Australia and the UK. Prior to this, she worked in Human Resources in the UK financial and manufacturing sectors before establishing her own business in the tourism industry in Southern Africa.
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Also proudly brought to you by the in-kind support from: ePortfolios Australia, Australian Catholic University, Charles Sturt University, Deakin University, Digital Capability, Edith Cowan University, Europortfolio, Griffith University, Melbourne Graduate School of Education – University of Melbourne, Monash University, Otago Polytechnic, PebblePad, Queensland University of Technology, RMIT University, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, University of Western Australia and the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL).
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