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Choosing ePortfolios in Nursing and Allied Health: Why? and What We Have learned!


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Title: Choosing ePortfolios in Nursing and Allied Health: Why? and What We Have learned!

Choosing ePortfolios in Nursing and Allied
Health Why? and What We Have learned!
  • Lillian Rafeldt, Ellen Freeman and Nancy Scrivano
  • Three Rivers CC Department of Nursing
  • Diana Himmel, Tunxis CC
  • Department of Dental Hygiene

ePortfolio at Tunxis
Tunxis Community College ePortfolios
  • Initiated as a result of need for outcome
  • TCC received Title III grant
  • Allied Health chosen as one of first areas to
    become involved
  • ePortfolio only one part of the project
  • Davis grant also supported some of the project
  • Students workers and flash drives for all
    students who participated in ePortfolio

How it worked
  • Dental Hygiene department received one 3-credit
    release to work on ePortfolio
  • Two faculty decided to share the work although
    only one had the release
  • Met with Title III coordinator and other
    departments involved
  • Diane Goldsmith ran several workshops
  • Developed short range and long range goals for
    the department and ePortfolio

First Semester Work
  • Each faculty worked at least 3 hours per week on
    the project
  • Many kinks to work out with CTDLC
  • (Working nicely now!)
  • Developed project and rubric for case study

Second Semester
  • Up and running!
  • Problems with radiographic scanner had to be
    ordered through Title III
  • Needed scanner and printer for clinic
  • Title III
  • Most students able to upload information easily,
    others had help from lab assistants
  • For many students, self reflection was a new
    learning strategy

Program Changes
  • New Curriculum
  • Perfect time to add Capstone Experience
  • 1 Credit, fourth semester course utilizing
  • Students demonstrate all Gen Ed and Program
  • Case studies, community health research projects,
    resumes, research paper, possible video taping of
    client education or nutritional counseling
  • Evaluated by interdepartmental team
  • To be implemented next year
  • Can be used to showcase work to other educational
    institutional or to future employers

  • DH III ePortfolio Link
  • Jen Zabel's ePortfolio Link

To ePortfolio or Not The Three Rivers Story
  • Our Dean of Academics, Dean of Information
    Technology and Director of Nursing saw this as a
    pilot to prepare for enhanced learning, future
    outcome assessment and growth of the college
  • Nursing was chosen for progressive and complete
    course / program integration
  • Davis Grant facilitated development and
  • Change requires time, enthusiasm, reflection,
    revisions and perseverance
  • Planned time line incorporated assignments within
    each course

From N108 to N228 prescribed content
  • N108
  • Assignment related to career choice, information
    literacy related to the yearly college theme of
    the year, technological literacy
  • N115
  • Reason for choosing nursing, Information Literacy
    Search, CDF, Nutrition Assessment, Process
  • N116
  • CDF, Process Recording, Information Literacy
    Search, Case Presentations

ePortfolio contents continued
  • N226
  • Nursing Care plans, Nutrition Paper, Process
  • N227
  • Nursing Care plans, Process Recording
  • N228
  • Resume, Term paper related to a professional
    issue in nursing or history of nursing

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Would you like to combine current tools
  • In using ePortfolio as a collection, reflection
    and presentation tool..
  • Assignments are refined
  • Active learning is facilitated
  • Artifacts can be collected for outcome
  • Students develop their abilities
  • What is the process of developing a project
    utilizing ePortfolio?

Nursing Project
  • Purpose
  • To develop critical thinking skills
  • To enhance knowledge related to course content
  • Provide for independent student development
  • Provide for collaborative approach to learning
  • To provide an organized approach to data
  • Guidelines and Case Study are included in

Independent Responsibility
  • Search for appropriate literature
  • Review and analyze relative literature
  • Active participant in group activities
  • Develop an APA formatted bibliography
  • Document all related information in ePortfolio
    and add updates as the project progresses

Collaborative Responsibilities
  • Students meet to discuss strategies for project
  • Project is developed and tasks assigned to each
  • Develop a comprehensive literature review
  • Methods of presentation
  • Video development
  • Role playing
  • Games
  • Speakers and Handouts, etc

  • Group presentation will be disseminated
    electronically to all group members so they have
    access during development and if needed at a
    future date
  • Videos could be linked in
  • Comprehensive bibliography
  • Games
  • Power Points
  • Handouts
  • Etc.

Grading By Rubric
  • Two Rubrics
  • One for independent work
  • See Rubric Handout for Individual Literacy Search
    for Case Studies
  • One for group project

Individual Rubric
Category Below Expectations Met Expectations Above Expectations
Relevant source materials Use of non- professional websites, journals and books that are more than five years old. No literature analysis included.. Incomplete analysis of a variety of relevant professional websites, journals and books that relate to the topic and nursing.. Comprehensive analysis of a variety of relevant websites, journals and books that are closely related to the topic and nursing
Number of sources One Two Three or more
Relevance to presentation No sources used for the presentation. One source used for the presentation Greater than one source used for the presentation.
Individual Participation Absence from group activities. Failure to supply materials on time. Participated in group activities. Supplied appropriate materials on time. Attended all activities and provided group leadership. Well developed pertinent materials supplied on time.
Expected Outcomes
  • See progression of the project at both individual
    and group level
  • Student will have access post graduation to
    developed materials
  • Provide students with the ability to spiral their
  • Faculty ability to assess collaboration and
    cohesiveness of the group

Tips for future development
  • Required assignments are beneficial
  • But need to foster creative thinking too.
  • Consider how to incorporate into a course grades
  • Build an environment which fosters creation,
    reflection and presentation