Following an intensive investigation phase, the e-Portfolio project was trialled with a volunteer group of students studying Women's and Children's Health in Year 4 during 2010.
"Converting a paper-based portfolio to an electronic version allowed students to submit their work to their online e-Portfolio increasing their creative scope," said Mr Brett Griffin, IT Project Officer.
"These students were able to include multi-media files and enabled electronic feedback between student and supervisor.
"Many of the students used the program to record weekly blogs as a way of reflecting on their experiences."
The project evaluation considered student and staff satisfaction with the concept and the software and collected recommendations for further use in 2011. As part of the evaluation, a number of students shared their folio space during a focus group discussion, each portraying different ideas on their individual page setup.
Suggestions for future participating students include: mini online e-Portfolio tutorials on uploading blogs, images, page setup; better access to scanners for students at different clinical sites; providing a FAQ page.
While some technical problems have been encountered, overall the participating students have showed enthusiasm and a willingness to use e-Portfolio's in the future.