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

Mathews, Ian, Beeken, Andrew, Simpson, Diane, Saunders, Heather and Hunt, Rachael (2015) From potential to reality: the development and use of an e-portfolio in social work education. In: Society for Research into Higher Education, 9-11 Dec 2015, Newport, UK.

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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.

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Additional Information: Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Annual Conference 2015 ; Conference date: 09-12-2015 Through 11-12-2015
Depositing User: Leah Maughan


Item ID: 12588
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ORCID for Diane Simpson: ORCID iD

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Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2020 11:54
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2020 11:54


Author: Diane Simpson ORCID iD
Author: Ian Mathews
Author: Andrew Beeken
Author: Heather Saunders
Author: Rachael Hunt

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Faculty of Education and Society > School of Social Sciences

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