I am very pleased to hear I have just had an abstract accepted for presentation at the Australian ePortfolio Symposium 2009 being held at QUT, Brisbane 9-10th February.
I am really looking forward to it because it will give me my first chance to get out and network with people in Brisbane. My understanding is that there is a lot of good work going on in QUT, including the hosting of Creative Commons Australia. So it's going to be a very exciting few weeks for me.
The symposium will also complement the professional development presentation I am giving to Otago Polytechnic staff via Elluminate in early Feburary.
Here is my abstract:
Developing an open ePortfolio for health care practice, professional development and life-long learning
As a health professional I am required to have a professional portfolio which I must present for review every two years. I have chosen to develop an ePortfolio in an open wiki and blog. This allows me complete freedom to be innovative, as opposed to being restricted to the pre-determined structure of a proprietary ePortfolio platform. Combining blog and wiki not only enables me to store and record artifacts of past work, but also supports ongoing reflection and planning for the future. Developing my ePortfolio in an open online environment allows me to role model portfolio development to colleagues who are unfamiliar with the concept. It allows for continuous peer review, as well as increasing opportunities for further consultation and collaboration. In particular, health consumers have access to my work, which encourages ongoing conversations about health care practice.
The major issue with an ePortfolio in an open online environment is that I have to be very careful about what I write and how I write it. As a health professional I have to think carefully about how I present my clinical practice so I do not compromise my patients' privacy, and do not open myself up to charges of unprofessional disclosure and/or documentation. Thus, it is vital that I reflect in a meaningful manner that does no harm to my patients or my professional reputation. The challenge for health professions is to consider how ePortfolios can be integrated through undergraduate education and then into registered practice in a way that maintains continuity.
What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of having an ePortfolio in an open online environment?
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