Social development of open badges and ePortfolio: migrants and inmates as citizens of the City of learning
In my talk I will focus on the expansion Open Badges and e-portfolio practices. I will try to enlighten the conceptual implications of innovation in the field of education, and particularly in the field of lifelong learning, in relation to the evolution of the labor market.
Then I’ll especially refer to those social subjects who live in a condition of marginality, particularly migrant people and people who live in conditions of detention. I’ll try to explain how the new technical tools that we are talking about can help us to solve the problem of lifelong marginalisation, and can help migrants and inmates to find the way towards social integration.
I will therefor focus on three main points:
inmates and former inmates
city of learning
I will talk about how Open Badges and ePortfolios can be used inside the penitentiary as tools that can make inmates become aware of the competencies they are acquiring throught the professional training courses they are attending inside the penitentiary, but also of the soft skills they are developing because of the situation they are forced to live in. In this way they would hopefully stop seing the period of detention only as the end of a cicle but, instead, as the continuation of experiences that can be elaborated and transformed into something educational and even enriching.
Of course, if we want this to happen, we have to prepare an enviroment willing and able to integrate them once they present themselves with an ePortfolio full of the evidencies of their work they have done during the detention period.
I will therefore analize how the City of Learning can be structured in order to become a tool of professional and social inclusion. A crucial tool to lower the today very high percentage of recurrencies.
About migrants, I will analize the immigration and integration policies of Italy and of Belgium, the last being the European Parlament seat.
I will show how, following their policies, ePortfolios and Open Badges could be introduced in the process of integration.
I will try to elaborate a sistem of territorial inclusion that would involve the cooperation of Institutions, associations and the business world.
I will try to detect the strategic points needed to practically realize an ePortfolio throught the spinneret of integration.
I will show if and how it's possible to start this process of creation of Open Badges and ePortfolios in some of the countries of origin.
In all this, a key point is the one represented by the soft skills.
I will analize how the presence of validation of the soft skills is a very key point that can drive the change of the way in which, at least in Italy, training courses are created introducing new educational programs based on this recognition and validation of soft skills.
I will then link this recognition to the unique and harsh experience of a migrant through the tools of Open Badges and ePortfolio that can value and show their soft skills.
Moreover I will show how these tools can give value to the aspects of cultural differences of people coming from other countries and make them known and value by the people of the host country so to create connection through culture and experience.