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E-Portfolios are a new type of software and it is still relatively vague to determine, which functions are obligatory – that is which functions constitute characteristic features – and which functions are just optional (“nice to have“). This article describes the concept and the preliminary results of a research project which was conducted to evaluate E-Portfolio software, and aims at providing decision guidance for implementing E-Portfolios in higher education - first and foremost from the pedagogical perspective. Which recommendations can be made to an institution which now wants to implement electronic portfolios with a certain objective?
There are substantial changes taking place within healthcare delivery in the United Kingdom. These have a significant impact upon student education, both in academic delivery and within the practice environment. The recent White Paper (Department of Health, 2010) suggests that care is changing and the primary focus is on patient choice and improving the cost efficiency of services. Thus, healthcare practitioners are challenged with maintaining a high quality of patient care whilst making productivity savings. Innovative practice is essential to ensure that patients’ needs are met whilst meeting the requirements of the life long learning agenda. Using digital technologies to support educational processes is one method of promoting timely, effective, patient centred care. Underpinning workforce development and ultimately improving patient care, is the process of continuing professional development (CPD). Healthcare professionals therefore have a personal and professional responsibility to ensure that the patient is at the forefront of care and demonstrate their own skills in managing that care. To...