Using Mahara as an electronic portfolio system for recording of continuous professional development (CPD) and competency for nurses
Louise Botha March 2014
Using Mahara as an electronic
portfolio system for recording of
continuous professional development
(CPD) and competency for nurses
• This project was supported by a Practice Development
Scholarship PDS-03-12 from the ACT Nursing and Midwifery Office
• Attendance made possible by partial funding from Canberra
So where is Canberra?
Famous for ?
In 2010 Australia moved to National Registration via AHPRA
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
• Registration to work across all states and territories in Australia
• Standardised expectation regarding Continuous Professional
• 20 hours of CPD
• The CPD cycle - reviewing practice,
identifying learning needs, planning and
participating in relevant activities and
reflecting on the value of the activities
Subject to Audit
When renew registration make a
• Recency of Practice
• 20 hours of CPD
What is CPD
Of relevance to the context of practice!
Transition to Practice Nurses
(1 year structured and supported program for nurses)
• The group was assumed, with recent exposure in the
university sector, to contain a high proportion of participants
with skills in web based programs and the use of portfolios
• Required to submit a portfolio for assessment as part of
What did we want to see in a portfolio?
• CPD Records
• Self Assessments against Australian Nursing
• Completed Learning Objectives for each
• Evidence of Reflection on Activities and
What Portfolio to choose
• Used a Matrix to identify positives of a
variety of options
• Group decision to use Mahara
• Small number of accounts
• Looked for options
• Session presented during Study Day
• Extra “How to” on Wednesday
Including resources available from
Mahara 1.7 user manual
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