The non-recommended route worked out: A surprise learning outcome when implementing a new ePortfolio system

Poster 17

Samantha J McKenzie
The University of Queensland

Christine Slade
The University of Queensland

Jessica Tsai
University of Queensland

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Typically, the recommended path with technology and teaching is to determine the teaching and learning outcome, then determine what technology will help achieve this outcome. However, we will present an example of how implementing a new technology, an ePortfolio system (IT) chosen for other reasons, has helped facilitate conversations with multiple stakeholders: program directors, academics, placement supervisors, teaching and learning chairs and the university’s learning and teaching unit, to name a few. Rather than individuals working in isolation within their own courses (Me), the stakeholders formed a more cohesive Us working together to take a holistic view of the degree for a more consistent student learning experience.

About the authors

Samantha J McKenzie

Dr Sam McKenzie has been working in Higher Education for 13 years. For the last 8, she has been at The University of Queensland. Her roles at UQ have included teaching biostatistics as an Academic in the School of Public Health and as a Professional staff member as a Learning Designer and Project Manager in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI).

As part of her role in ITaLI (pronounced like Italy), she works with the ePortfolio Project, Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Teaching Space Management on the refurbishment and development of teaching and learning spaces in amongst other cool teaching and technology projects.

Christine Salde

Dr Christine Slade is a Lecturer in Higher Education in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) at the University of Queensland. As part of her work, Christine is the Learning Advisor for their ePortfolio project, particularly focusing on pedagogical outcomes for students. Prior to this work, in her role as the Academic Developer (ePortfolios) at the University of the Sunshine Coast, she was responsible for the university-wide ePortfolio implementation (2014-2015), which was preceded by an Early Adopter Phase (2013) and an ePortfolio Feasibility Study (2012). In 2015, Christine was a recipient of a prestigious national Platinum LearnX Impact Award in recognition of this work and also received a commendation for excellence in innovation in the 2015 ATEM/Campus Review Best Practice Awards in Tertiary Education Management. Christine’s work is highly regarded in the international ePortfolio community and she has published widely in the sector.

Jessica Tsai

Ms Jessica Tsai is the eLearning Coordinator in Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Queensland (UQ), supporting its six schools in the development, implementation and evaluation of online resources and to enhance teaching and student learning initiatives. The Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences has long incorporated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) as a fundamental component in its school programs and the faculty is leading the project to investigate a sustainable ePortfolio solution for UQ. As the Faculty eLearning Coordinator, Jessica has been involved in the ePortfolio project from initiation, to user needs analysis, product research, proof-of-concept and to the current pilot phase. She was responsible for collating the WIL requirements of each of the schools, consulting with stakeholders across all 25 disciplines that are part of the project, as well as synthesising all requirements to determine functional criteria for product selection.