ePortfolio Project School of Dentistry Russell Butson – HEDC Part of an ACODE 44 Presentation 2007
Student ePortfolios <ul><li>Essentially we are introducing ePortfolios to explore the merits of situating students at the centre of their learning experiences, observing how they manage and control their own records and information in order to make sense of and map out their academic and professional goals, experiences and outcomes. </li></ul>
Rationale - Professional <ul><li>Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCAA) 2003 (New Zealand) saw the establishment of the combined Dental Council of New Zealand (DCNZ) in 2004. The DCNZ is a self-regulatory body for the dental professions, responsible for ensuring the continuing professional competence and fitness to practise in the field of dentistry. All dental practitioners are required to hold an annual practicing certificate (APC) issued by the DCNZ. A professional portfolio approach is recommended for this process. </li></ul>
What we hoped for... <ul><li>That students would see the relevance of linking their educational experiences to career development and preparation </li></ul><ul><li>And </li></ul><ul><li>That students would take responsibility to understand, structure and organise what they are learning and present this in a professional manner. </li></ul>
What we are finding... <ul><li>While students can see the importance of portfolios to their professional career. They don’t believe they have the time to deal with them while they are studying. </li></ul>
Students saw no reason to move to the new paradigm finding...