Portfolios originated as a collection of paper-based resources that represent one’s knowledge and skills(1,2). In health care education and practice portfolios can be used to provide evidence of skill attainment, maintenance of competence for practice, and plans for professional growth(1,3–5). The occupational therapy program here at USC started using PebblePad in 2013 after it was adopted as the University-wide electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) platform(6). Although initially the OT program had only been seeking a replacement for an existing paper-based portfolio system, it soon became apparent that PebblePad could be used as an adjunct learning management tool to track learning and showcase experience and skills. The OT program at USC has now embedded PebblePad within all four years of the academic and practical curriculum and used it as a tool to: 1. Map the Australian Minimum Competency Standards for New Graduates (ACSOT) across the curriculum. 2. Tag competencies being addressed using digital workbooks for learning activities 3. Track the student learning journey in an online repository. 4. Guide students to develop reflective practice skills. 5. Showcase student experiences and skills as they prepare to enter practice. Developing an ePortfolio that students can use for entry to practice was broken into two phases; the early education phase (focusing on tracking learning) and the transition to practice phase (focusing on translating learning to practice)(7). This presentation will examine how each of these phases are supported in PebblePad from an academic perspective as well as within practice education. This approach ensures OT students are able to understand and document their individual Learning Journey. Additionally, the presentation will highlight the kinds of technical support that facilitated success and ensured that academic staff felt competent to embed PebblePad in courses. In this presentation attendees will: 1. Hear about the broader application of PebblePad as a learning management tool. 2. See examples of workbooks and reflection templates for academic and practice education curriculum. 3. Gain insight into the integration between Blackboard and PebblePad (and ATLAS – the Active Teaching Learning and Assessment Space within PebblePad) 4. Consider how PebblePad could be used to map, tag, track, guide, reflect and showcase competencies and/or threshold concepts in their own curriculum. After the presentation of our learning journey, the session will continue as facilitated small-group discussions (think-pair-share strategy) aimed at identifying where attendees will consider the application of PebblePad in their own programs.
2015 Learning & Teaching Week: Teaching Visions: Seeing Teaching in New Ways, Sunshine Coast, Australia 14-18 September 2015
2015 Learning & Teaching Week Program Book / pp.22-23