ePortfolios were piloted to deliver project-based research training. Manual project tracking dominated program communications, adding little to learning engagement. ePortfolios reduced email traffic for the current cohort, projected to be significantly less compared to the previous cohort (p=.02 using an unpaired t-test, eliminating one outlier and p=.68 when including outlier), strengthening the case for eportfolio adoption in more clinical and translational research training programs.
The Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) piloted Foliotek ePortfolios for 9 scholars in the Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) program. Engaged training is achieved through a mentored research project that lasts through the one year duration of the MSCR program. ePortfolios were piloted in this course to deliver and support project-based learning.
Mentored projects warrant regular monitoring for timely intervention. Manual project tracking dominated program-scholar communications, which added little learning value. Foliotek eportfolios automated reporting on project milestones and deliverables. This allowed learners and the program manager to engage in creative problem solving, as opposed to chasing status updates. This pilot lays the groundwork for introducing eportfolios in other MICHR programs that use high impact practices to train future clinical and translational researchers.