The ePortfolio Bridge to Professional Proficiency: An Evaluation

Nicolls, Barbara and Wright, Jane (2019) The ePortfolio Bridge to Professional Proficiency: An Evaluation. The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) ePortfolio Review, 3 (1). pp. 41-52.

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This paper evaluates the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) proficiency ePortfolio at an English Higher Education Institute as a competency-based assessment tool that enables linking theory to practice. Student ePortfolios created since 2012 were examined for the different types of connections the SCPHN ePortfolio afforded making competency- based assessment reliable and valid. We discuss how reflections structured as a spinal column conceptual model enable students to develop self-awareness and critical thinking skills as they move from being Novice to Proficient Health Visitors and School Nurses. The reflections, which describe practice experiences, are analyzed and evaluated with reference to theory, past experience, research for application, and improvement in future practice. The ePortfolio space affords discussion between students and their Practice Teachers making reflective practice a shared activity. The findings suggest the value of the ePortfolio as a bridging environment to demonstrate student development and growth as future Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (SCPHN) and for the PTs and the course team to follow their journey as guides by the side.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Higher Education, ePortfolio, Nursing
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2021 07:46
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2021 07:46

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