ESOnline (Essential Skills Online)

Approach: ESPORT (Essential Skills Portfolio) is an Essential Skills online and face-to-face assessment and learning system. ESPORT develops individual learning strategies for Indigenous learners based on their assessed Essential Skills and the Essential Skills requirements of their employment aspirations. Strategies are informed by an Interest Inventory that consists of a questionnaire of the learner’s interests and occupational goals, as well as clients’ results on the online version of the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES).

ESOnline is an online learning package being developed as a component of ESPORT. ESOnline will function within ESPORT or separately. ESOnline provides learners with online assessment and practice in three of the Essential Skills, reading text, document use, and numeracy at the first two levels of the Essential Skills complexity levels. The practice is in the form of online quizzes and tasks that are based on workplace scenarios. When a learner finds a task challenging (i.e. they have difficulty answering the questions), tips become available to guide the learner through the task and answer the questions correctly. This practice is overseen and monitored by a program facilitator. If a learner continues to have difficulty, the learner can approach the facilitator, or vice versa, to receive further support through supplemental activities. The activities are designed to be adaptable depending on the community and to provide learners with guided practice of the skills.

Location Ontario
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Claire Reynolds, CEP Consulting Inc.
CEP Consulting Inc. 31 St. Claire Avenue Ottawa, Ontario

Project Details
Community Urban, Rural, Remote, Reserve community
Scope of Project National
Target Audience First Nations, Inuit, Métis, Youth (15-30 yrs), Adults (31-49 yrs), Older workers (50+ yrs)