Emma Collins

1002 – ePortfolios in an undergraduate nursing programme: Evaluation of implementation

In 2015 the School of Nursing at Otago Polytechnic commenced using an ePortfolio platform called ‘Pathbrite’ for students to demonstrate evidence-based clinical practice. This move to an electronic portfolio was considerable for staff and students as it was a shift away from current methods of evidencing work. A research study was undertaken to evaluate the implementation of this platform.

There is a growing body of evidence in support of ePortfolios. In general, they are more sustainable, practical and easy to maintain.  Furthermore they support the current generation of learners who are adept to using electronic software to complete studies.

The evaluation utilised a mixed method and sequential exploratory design. Students and staff were surveyed, along with focus groups, to obtain a significant amount of rich data in which to evaluate the implementation. The Technology Acceptance Model (Davis, 1989) was used to develop the questions within the survey, and the themes of this model were used in analysing the results.

Results of the survey demonstrated that students were in favour of using ePortfolios, even when having previously used a paper portfolio. The focus groups reinforced these findings further and gave the researchers valuable information to consider in moving forward with the ePortfolio platform.

It was concluded that the introduction of an ePortfolio platform was successful and staff and students mostly enjoyed using it.

Recommendations included more support to staff and students in the commencement of using ePortfolio and its ongoing use.

Key words: Nursing; education; electronic ePortfolio; clinical practice.