Over the past 15 years, the Higher Education sector has seen a surge in the importance of eportfolio (Jafar & Kaufman 2006; Watson et al. 2016) and of work-based learning through placements, apprenticeships, etc. (Boud & Solomon 2001; HM Government 2015). At the same time, we are under increasing financial pressures and metrics-driven approaches, such as the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in the UK, making effective collaboration an absolute must. This workshop brings together these three strands – eportfolio, work-based learning, and collaboration – drawing from our ongoing project involving five universities and multiple healthcare providers to move recording of placement learning from a paper document to a shared, scalable eportfolio approach. This involved collaboration between subject specialists, learning technologists, and workplace mentors. (For anyone interested in the specifics of this project, the short presentation “Moving practice assessment online: A case of collaboration within, between and across institutions” gives further details.) The challenges and successes of this ongoing multi-party collaboration will be used as springboard for participants to explore ways to begin or enhance their own eportfolio and/or work-based collaborations. Round table activities (please BYOD) will enable participants to:
1. Better understand ways to effectively work together in learning technology collaborations, and identify next steps to apply these ideas in your own institution.
2. Evaluate the advantages and drawbacks of moving work-based learning and assessment from paper to eportfolio, and be able to make a case for a similar move at your own institution if appropriate.
3. Explore eportfolio designs to enhance learning over tick boxes while still meeting professional body and workplace mentor needs.
Session content: evaluation and reflection
This workshop is based on lessons learnt from an ongoing collaboration between five universities (University of Bradford, Leeds Beckett University, University of Leeds, University of Huddersfield, University of Hull) and various hospitals and healthcare providers to develop a shared Practice Assessment Document for all our Nursing students to use in placement, including assessment by registered mentors. In 2017, we successfully moved this shared assessment online via a PebblePad eportfolio. The specifics of this project are discussed in our linked short presentation (see description); here we pull on the emergent data and ongoing project notes to more broadly evaluate eportfolio use in placements from a learning technologist/ educational developer perspective. This session will extrapolate subject-agnostic ideas for successful learning technology collaboration with eportfolio use in practice and placement settings.
Boud, D. & Solomon, N. eds. (2001) Work-Based Learning: A New Higher Education. Buckingham: SRHE and OU Press.
HM Government (2015) English Apprenticeships : Our 2020 Vision. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/482754/BIS-15-604-english-apprenticeships-our-2020-vision.pdf [Accessed 30 Sept. 2017].
Jafar, A. & Kaufman, C. eds. (2006) Handbook of Research on ePortfolios. Hershey, PA: Idea Group Publishing.
Watson, C.E. et al. (2016) Editorial: ePortfolios – The Eleventh High Impact Practice. International Journal of ePortfolio, 6(2), pp.65–69. Available at: http://www.theijep.com/pdf/IJEP254.pdf [Accessed 8 Mar. 2018].