A Flexible Component-Based ePortfolio: Embedding in the Curriculum
S. J. Cotterill (University of Newcastle, UK), J. F. Aiton (St Andrews University, UK), P. M. Bradley (University of Newcastle, UK), G. R. Hammond (University of Newcastle, UK), A. M. McDonald (University of Newcastle, UK), J. Struthers (St Andrews University, UK) and S. Whiten (St Andrews University, UK)
Copyright: © 2006
This chapter provides case studies of embedding the ePortfolio in the curricula of two medical schools in the UK, one of which is outcomes based, while the other uses a series of patient scenarios to inform the teaching of clinical skills within a curriculum that emphasises the scientific basis of medicine. These case studies describe the implementation, evaluation, and process of embedding the portfolio within the respective curricula. They also illustrate the flexibility of a component-based ePortfolio to serve different pedagogic requirements. Research and evaluation issues are discussed, including an action-research approach with “fine-tuning” of technical features and pedagogy during the evaluation phase.