What is the project about?
Scoping WordPress as an option for e-portfolios for practice learning in health and social care. The objective of the project is to scope the option of using WordPress as the platform for e-portfolios for professional learning. The project aims to
Who is working on it?
Jake Walsh, BA (Hons) Audio Production student
Jonathon Cresswell, BA (Hons) Journalism student
Shelly Studd, MSc Social Work student
Samantha Murray, BSc (Hons) Nursing student
Karin Crawford (PFT) School of Health and Social Care
Diane Simpson (SL) School of Health and Social Care
Ian Mathews (SL) School of Health and Social Care
John McCavish (SL) School of Health and Social Care
Heather Saunders (Placement co-ordinator) School of Health and Social Care
Trevor Simpson (SL) School of Health and Social Care
John McKinnon (SL) School of Health and Social Care
Rob Goemans (SL) School of Health and Social Care
Sue Watling, CERD
Why are we undertaking it?
Degree programmes that lead to professional qualification have traditionally made use of portfolios because of their ability to promote critically reflexive practice, demonstrate integration of theory and practice and develop a professional identity (Hammond, 2009; McMullan, 2006; Slater, 2007). E-portfolios are a relatively recent phenomenon; there is a paucity of research about their use in professional qualifying programmes such as nursing and social work. However, e-portfolios offer a range of benefits for nascent professionals (Andre, 2010; Murray and Sanders, 2009), including their flexibility and versatility (Garrett and Jackson, 2006) and capacity for storage (Madden, 2007). Successful implementation of e-portfolios is known to have challenges including choice of software and verification of student work by external assessors and mentors (Madden, 2007; Murray and Sandars, 2009).
What will the project achieve?
The main outcome of this project will be a scoping report that evaluates teaching and learning needs across the two programmes against the current and the potential functionality of WordPress. It is intended that this will then support a larger external funding bid to undertake the necessary development work on WordPress.
When is the project taking place?
April 2012 ? end July 2012
What is the project cost?