Discussion of the NHS ePortfolio has been reignited on Twitter this evening, sparked by the publication of a paper in The Clinical Teacher “Evaluation of an established ePortfolio.”
The conclusions are:
“Continued support is needed for both trainees and supervisors in portfolio-building skills and in using the e-portfolio as an educational tool. Trainee tailored feedback is needed to ensure that portfolio-based assessment promotes lifelong, self-directed and reflective learners.”
My favourite quote is:
“Trainees remain unconvinced about the educational value of the e-portfolio”
An understatement perhaps?
The comments this evening included some by people who have not been part of previous Twitter discussions, but they echo many sentiments I have heard before, and many comments on this site. They include frustration about the software itself, as well as complaints relating to the burden and perceived utility of workplace-based assessments.
So, it’s 2013, a New Year. Time to take a fresh look at the world and think about how we can turn all this frustration into positive change.
- What do you think is the purpose of an ePortfolio?
- What do you, as a trainee, want from an ePortfolio?
- What value do you find in workplace-based assessments?
I will be writing more as soon as I get time – on funding and commissioning, on the need for trainees to join together across specialities, and on the future in the eyes of the various stakeholders. In the meantime please leave your comments here.
We need your voice. We need a better system – sometime before I become a Consultant would be nice……