Implementation of an ePortfolio: Perspectives of speech pathology students
Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology
Speech Pathology Australia
School of Psychology and Social Science / Social Justice Research Centre
In order to graduate, speech pathology students need to effectively apply taught theory to clients in their clinical practicum. Following graduation, students showcase their competency to employers in a challenging and competitive employment environment. Once employed, they engage in lifelong learning, demonstrating ongoing competency to practice. An ePortfolio is a collection of artefacts and reflections from clinical experiences that can be used as learning, assessment and showcasing tool. An ePortfolio was embedded across the new speech pathology course at Edith Cowan University. Student perceptions of the utility of the ePortfolio for learning and showcasing were investigated by questionnaire. Students were engaged with the ePortfolio, seeing it more as an organisational than learning tool. They were negative about the time required to complete an ePortfolio and did not see the link with their future career. With additional support and a more flexible and user-friendly software platform, an ePortfolio may be of use as a learning tool for students and for professional self-regulation.