Choosing the e-portfolio platform
Since undergraduate, I have been thinking to create a website to showcase my educational work. I was hesitant at first but then decided to create a WordPress blog with the domain candka.com. However, I never had the time to update the blog until I enrolled in MEDED 704: Learning Design Practicum for Medical Educators. I decided to use the blog again, but this time I turned it into a portfolio.
I chose WordPress as a platform for my e-portfolio because it’s straightforward to use and easily customizable. I already used it before, and I know every basic feature of the platform. I also wanted to showcase my reflection like a blog post and this could easily be done using WordPress.
Reflecting on this choice, I definitely learned a lot in changing the blog into a portfolio site. I explored other examples of educational portfolio and tried to apply their format into this site. Furthermore, I would use this site again in the future.
In this site, my artifacts are divided into two types. First, I set up a reflection page to showcase all of my reflections on the things that I have learned since the beginning of the course. Second, I set up a capstone project page, to give an overview of the learning environment module prototype that we created. The portfolio acts as a documentation of the medical educator’s growth and development through reflection, evaluation, and change.
Using the e-portfolio for the practicum and after
The creation of the e-portfolio in the practicum seems to be daunting at first, but after careful preparation, the development of the portfolio becomes easier. Moreover, using a portfolio to document my experience in this practicum course made me realize that this is something that I want to use in my future life as a medical educator. Portfolio can help stimulate and provide direction for professional development. It could also be a rich source for our personal reflection and learning.
Furthermore, using a portfolio makes it easier for us if we’re going to access the materials personally or share it with other people. For example, when I tried to create a page to showcase my capstone project I could see my previous reflection posts to see what I have learned and how can I implement what I have learned to the capstone project.
E-Portfolios as a tool for learning and assessment
Many academic institutions are asking their faculty members to create a teaching portfolio to demonstrate evidence of scholarship and document professional development. For physicians interested in pursuing career in medical education, using a portfolio could help them document their achievements and success in that area. As a dynamic documentation of self-assessment and reflection, it helps teachers’ professional development through self- directed learning and reflection of their educational practice.