From potential to reality: the development and use of an e-portfolio in social work education.

Ian Mathews, Andrew Beeken, Diane Simpson, Heather Saunders, Rachael Hunt

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Students studying for a degree in social work are required to undertake one hundred and seventy days of direct practice with service users in social care settings (TCSW, 2011). Traditionally students on practice placements have produced a hard copy portfolio which compiles evidence to meet a range of educational and professional requirements, as well as demonstrating key attributes such as critical thinking and reflection. Following a scoping exercise which demonstrated that there were significant advantages to using an electronic portfolio, the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Lincoln developed, piloted and introduced an eportfolio on both its’ undergraduate and Master’s social work degree programmes. This paper provides a rationale and contextualisation for the introduction of this type of innovative digital technology and reviews the pedagogical and practical opportunities and limitations presented by the e-portfolio. This presentation will also provide an opportunity for participants to view the e-portfolio in operation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociety for Research into Higher Education
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2015
EventSociety for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Annual Conference 2015 - Celctic Manor Hotel, Newport
Duration: 9 Dec 201511 Dec 2015


ConferenceSociety for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Annual Conference 2015
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