Social Work lecturers, Shernaaz Carelse and Edgar Smith, contacted the CIECT team to conduct an ePortfolio workshop for 80 third year students. Previously, Social Work students were required to complete and submit their paper-based teaching portfolios. Hence, the lecturers recognised the pedagogical value and benefits of the (online) ePortfolio tool for students.
On Thursday, 16 October 2014, the CIECT team conducted an ePortfolio workshop for the students which enabled them to:
– Create their online ePortfolio site;
– Structure ePortfolio (as requested by subject-matter expert);
– Add profile information;
– Insert relevant images;
– Upload evidence related to exit level outcomes (ELOs);
– Set privacy options; and
– Share the ePortfolio with the relevant stakeholders.
Subsequent to the training, the Social Work lecturers requested that students develop their ePortfolios, highlighting their professional development within the field of Social Work. They were expected to capture and collate evidence of field work experiences. Follow-up supportive consultation sessions were conducted by the CIECT team to assist the students with the development and completion of their tasks.
**It should be noted that a user is able to create, edit, review, comment and share an ePortfolio in ‘real-time’ via various mobile devices. Furthermore students are able to regularly update their ePortfolios and share with prospective employers.