E-PortfolioProcess involves synthesizing and thenpurposefully presenting evidence of thelearning and experiences that an individualhas accumulated both inside and outside ofclassrooms
E-PortfolioWeb-based applications such as Facebook allowusers to connect and share information in waysthat they had never been able to before
E-PortfolioA medical student can connect, share, andpresent cases and findings and includewith this evidence the reflectivecommentary that serves to unveil how heor she arrived at a decision, whatinformation or experiences were vital, andhow his or her action plan evolved.
Communities of Practice (CoP)Wenger (n.d.) defines a CoP: “Communities ofpractice are groups of people who share aconcern or a passion for something they doand learn how to do it better as they interactregularly" (¶1).
Communities of Practice (CoP) Nursing is a profession that is particularly suited tothe development of CoPs, especially in light of thenew knowledge generated and disseminated everyday. The many nursing List-Servs are evidence of thegrowing practice of sharing knowledge in a CoP.Caring, a nursing informatics organization, has a veryactive List-Serv where members post questions toother members and request information andexperiences related to informatics.
E-Portfolio for Professional Development• To support professional networking involves a predetermined and focused purpose• Fosters better communication between oneself and a mentor• Establish how what a nurse is doing fits into the goals of the institution or perhaps an institution for which the individual would like to work.
Professional E-Portfoliois evidence based and uses this evidence tomake a case that highlights one’s capacity tonot only perform but also grow and developprofessionally within one’s chosen field.
E-Portfolio Process4 steps involved in developing an e-portfolio arerecursive in nature in that during the process onecan backtrack to fill in missing pieces orreevaluate earlier decisions that were made
4 Steps1. Collect2. Select3. Reflect4. Connect
SummaryWhile academic institutions may use e-portfolios for assessment of student learning,for the individual, e-portfolios are all aboutopportunity. This opportunity might be tosupport a working relationship with a mentor,network with other professionals, or to helprepresent certain qualities and characteristicsto prospective employers.