Can an authentic EPortfolio succeed in first year medicine?

Grom, I. and O'Neill, A. (2019) Can an authentic EPortfolio succeed in first year medicine? MedEdPublish, 8(3), 87. (doi: 10.15694/mep.2019.000236.1)

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Introduction: Despite evidence supporting ePortfolio use to promote reflective practice, most published studies focus on its use in senior years. This study explored how well the introduction of the Undergraduate Medical ePortfolio (UMeP) in Year 1 of an early clinical contact curriculum met its aims of supporting reflective practice and introducing portfolio learning. Effective mentoring, organisational support, authenticity and adequate time are key to success. Methods: A constructivist study heard the voices of students n=14 (2 focus groups) and tutors n=6 (semi-structured interviews) who had used the UMeP in its first introductory year. Thus, triangulation was employed to gain a deeper appreciation. Results: Analysis uncovered four major themes-Reflective Practice, Support/Training, ePortfolio functions, and Feedback/Assessment. The study revealed support for the introduction of portfolio learning in Year 1 Medicine, for its role in promoting reflective practice and for maintaining formative assessment. Discussion: EPortfolio introduction in Year 1 provided a valuable early introduction to reflection and life-long-learning habits. Regular small group tutor support and feedback were positive factors. The study revealed a need for tutor training on reflection feedback. Introduced at a stage without the weight of clinical commitments, this ePortfolio’s limited demands allowed students time to learn and become accustomed to its requirements. Scaffold boxes in ePortfolio forms facilitated reflective writing. Use of an authentic portfolio linked to a professional version was a key engagement factor. Through sharing submissions students learned from each other about reflective writing and confidentiality. Better curriculum integration is needed to develop its potential.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Grom, Dr Iain and O'Neill, Dr Anna
Authors: Grom, I., and O'Neill, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Nursing and Health Care
Journal Name:MedEdPublish
Publisher:Association for Medical Education in Europe
ISSN (Online):2312-7996
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in MedEdPublish 8(3): 87
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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