What's in the e-portfolio?
What is all this e-portfolio stuff?
How often do I need to use it?
The e-portfolio tool
Using the e-portfolio
Changing your password
Granting access to view
The portfolio is divided into 11 sections:-
Introducing you to the idea of reflective learning and how this relates to medical and healthcare careers.
An exercise designed to encourage you to think of the pros and cons of a university education and how it applies to you and your ambitions.
This exercise enables you to self assess your skills in relation to the personal skills needed to be successful in your chosen careers. You will identify the relevant skills you possess and build a check-list of skills you will need to evidence before you apply to university.
Information about the financial aspects of studying in Higher Education. Details of sources of finance and how these should be applied for. There is a quiz to test your understanding.
The differences between various qualifications. The differences between nursing diplomas and degrees. Intercalation and what it means. There is also a quiz to test your understanding.
This section outlines the need to gain work experience and how to record this purposely.
The application process. How to apply to medical school and healthcare courses, The UCAS and NMAS process. UCAS extra and clearing. Putting together a plan B, Alternatives to Medicine and Healthcare. Entrance tests B-Mat and UKCAT. What they are and where to sit them.
From this "generic" section you will then move onto your particular area of interest:
Prospective medical students need to:
Healthcare students will have to list and compare different types of jobs in healthcare.
(In development: There may be different sections for Dentistry and Optometry students to complete in this section)
The final section involves putting together a UCAS Personal Statement incorporating all you have learnt within the portfolio.
You will receive feedback from an assigned mentor throughout the e-portfolio.
E-portfolios are quite common at the moment and their use is growing in a lot of professional areas.
When you are at university you will need to complete a ‘Personal Development Module’ (PDP) this is increasingly being completed on-line. At Leeds a few subject areas, including Medicine, Nursing and Geography have their PDP sections on-line.
When you complete your medical degree and train in your first job as a doctor you will need to complete a two year programme called ‘The Foundation Years Programme’. This will all be completed on-line. When you have completed your training and you are working for the NHS you will prove your competence by putting together a portfolio and this will also be available on-line.
As you can see getting used to putting an e-portfolio together can only be a good thing!
The European Union wants everyone in Europe to have access to an e-portfolio by 2010!!!
If you completed one section a week it would take 11 weeks to complete the portfolio but the last section is best completed in the summer term and over the summer holidays. If you did an exercise a week, the first section can be completed in seven weeks! It’s up to you! Aim to have the first section completed by the end of June! However, if your own institution sets a deadline then you must complete by that date.
Your e-portfolio is situated in a ‘virtual learning environment’ or VLE. All universities use a VLE. The VLE Leeds uses, at the moment, is called Bodington. There are other common ones called WebCT and Blackboard, it depends which university you go to.
If you have not been issued with a username and password contact Christopher Murray at C.Murray@leeds.ac.uk or on 0113 3437990.
If you wish to change the password you have been given to something that will be easier to remember follow these instructions:
You have the option of deciding who you wish to be able to see your work.
You will make both ‘log entries’ and ‘upload files’ into the e-portfolio.
A log entry will be visible within the e-portfolio and a file will only be visible as a link. The work sheets which you are required to complete will be uploaded as files.
This will be all covered in the training session but if your need some help have a look below!
If you wish to upload some work as a document such as a worksheet, you firstly have to add it to the e-portfolio. To do this you need to:
This places the selected document into the e-portfolio.
To share this with others you will need to:
When making log entries you will:
If you forget your username / password details then contact the person in your school / college who is in charge of the e-portfolio and they will call the university to reset your password.
If you have any problems, questions or comments please contact Christopher Murray on 0113 3437990 or via C.Murray@leeds.ac.uk