Exploring eportfolio practice in health and education: A need for digital ethics guidelines

Misty Kirby, Christine Slade, Christine Brown-Wilson, Terri Downer, Stephen ISBEL, Marie B. Fisher, Zarrin Siddiqui, Lynn McAllister, Alison Miller

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University health and education courses often use ePortfolios as a tool for assessing students’ learning from workplace learning placements. It is necessary for these students to collect evidence of learning involving vulnerable groups (e.g. patients/clients and children). There may be unintended consequences involved with the collection and sharing aspects of ePortfolios that needs to be better understood and managed. Current ePortfolio literature discusses ethical issues, such as privacy and protection of data in an online environment (Poot & Austin, 2011). However, discourse about privacy, repurposing, consent and confidentiality of secondary use of students’ and others’ data is limited (Slade et al., 2018). In this session, we will share the findings from our research across seven Australian universities where the research aims of included the following: 1. To understand current practice across institutions and related challenges, and 2. To identify intended and unintended outcomes of ePortfolio practice relating to vulnerable groups.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEportfolios Australia
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event2019 Eportfolio Forum: Portfolios: Reflecting, Connecting and Credentialling - Australian Catholic University Canberra Campus, Canberra, Australia
Duration: 20 Nov 201921 Nov 2019


Workshop2019 Eportfolio Forum


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