I was at the LPI Fellows Symposium this week and there was a deeply interesting panel discussion on L&D trends and future activity. As I’m prone to do, I turned the discussion towards certification and the panel gave some interesting replies. When they got to Martin Couzins from LearnPatch he asked the question above.
Martin felt, like me, that the value of a certificate at a point in time is becoming devalued, especially since we are now working more transparently and ‘out loud’. As we move to this style of working, this will inevitably lead to a change in how we document what we’ve learnt and the idea of creating a portfolio of our life, work, and learning appeals to me.
But what would this portfolio look like?
Is it a beautifully maintained LinkedIn profile? Mervyn Dinnen perceives LinkedIn as a content publishing platform and I can see the value in publishing in a ‘professional’ space. The evidence is there in Mervyn’s post about the value of LinkedIn from a recruiting perspective and I’ve published a couple of posts there. They’ve had high view counts and comments but I’m not as keen to put all my learning in one place. Effectively, I’m not defined solely by my employment/work activity and network.
This blog is one place where I spend time reflecting, recording, explaining and thinking out loud. The value of reflection has been proven yet again and this space is a public reflection of some of what I do. I also, however, reflect privately and offline so I’m not convinced this blog is a complete reflection of what I am, do, or think.
My Twitter history could be downloaded and investigated as a record of my learning, but again, it’s only one network, with one group of people and wouldn’t reflect every facet of my learning.
Is it possible to create a portfolio like this? As Ben Betts suggests, the xAPI advocates are pushing a solution to a problem.
Is a lifetime learning portfolio something we should or could build? If so how would you create it?
Let me know in the comments.