Implementing an e-portfolioGregory DoyleFaculty of Health Sciences, UCT
Goal of e-learning“to support class based problem-based learning (PBL)sessions, and enhance student engagement andpromote clinical reasoning” (Otago)“to improved access to medical education, support facultyin their teaching, expand the pool of faculty byconnecting to partner and/or community teaching sitesand sharing of digital resources for use by students.”(Human Resources for Health)
Background• Communication Sciences and Disorders• Exit Level Outcomes• Currentlyhttp://farm2.staticflickr.com/1296/864601270_c7d79a3324_z.jpg?zz=1
Intended Outcomes• Embed graduate attributes• Accommodate the user’s developmental capacitiesand needs across a lifetime• Develop digital literacies• Increase self-awareness, engagement in reflectionand monitoring their personal development• Smooth migration to electronic format
Affordances of emerging technologieshttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/eb/CA_Fan_Palms_Reflect_in_Lake_Tuendae.jpghttp://farm5.staticflickr.com/4122/5444404681_55baf67516_o.jpghttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a8/Test_%28student_assessment%29.jpegReflectionMonitorAssessment
Affordances of emerging technologies•Individual customization•Improvements in knowledge and understanding•Increased self-awareness and engagement in reflection•Enable them to immediately record written reflections•Retrieve and collate reflections for assessmentsubmission•Gain access to peers’ work•Receive feedback
Effective Practice• Integration with the curriculum• Flexibility of the system which should be easy andefficient to use• Sufficient technical and pedagogical support• Adding multimodal material such as podcasts, videosand images.
Risks• Possible negative responses to the pedagogicalchallenges due to the change• Learning any new system takes time,• Will the nature of their reflection will change because itis computer based• Access to electronic (including mobile) devices for allstudents to enable them to access their portfolios• Privacy and security in terms of who has access towhat information – also Google own data!• Backup of portfolioshttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7f/Handcuffs-Black.jpg
Advantages of using e-portfolios:Process•It is valuable exercise in self-assessment through the reflectionprocess•Learning takes on a new depth through the reflection process•Students’ self-esteem and self-confidence will be enhanced as theytake control of their learning.•Students develop their own goals for their learning.•Assessment of their learning may become more student-centred; thestudent is involved and authorized to make decisions about will beevaluated.•They will receive more recognition for individual learning abilities andpreferences.•They will learn and begin to practice a process that will be used in lifelong and life wide learning pursuits.
Advantages of using e-portfolios:Product•They will have a tool for personal development.•They will have a personal learning record.•They may receive credit for informal and non-formal learning as well as formallearning.•They will have direction for career planning.•They will have a tool for feedback from teachers and peers; feedback in theform of comments, as opposed to marks.•They will have a concrete way of showcasing strengths to teachers or futureemployers.•They may have needed documentation for prior learning assessment orprogram credits.•They may receive credit towards a course completion or towards graduation•They will have an extremely portable tool to use no matter where they are inthe world.
Tool – Google Siteshttp://sites.google.com/a/healthedu.uct.ac.za•Google Sites vs Mahara vs Wix•Cloud based system•Easily supported locally with online support•Easily integrate other Google tools - blogs, docs,spreadsheet and forms•Google Apps for Education (GA4E)https://sites.google.com/site/colettecassinelli/proscons•Templates available – set up “walk throughs”•Continual development of utilities – Digicationhttp://www.digication.com/google