03.07.2015
Research
PHD project about the use of ePortfolio in nurse's clinical education

The February 5th 2015 Cand.Cur. Kirsten Nielsen defended her PHD titled “Learning of nursing skills in clinical education mediated by ePortfolio " at the University of Southern Denmark.

The PhD project is a qualitative empirical study of how and to what extent an e-portfolio promotes learning of clinical nursing skills. Data is generated by field studies on clinical placements at the Hospital Unit West and in Holstebro. The informants are eleven nursing students in Module 4 by Nursing Training Center in Holstebro, Denmark. 

The purpose was to investigate the learning of nursing in clinical training mediated by an ePortfolio designed to facilitate different learning styles.

Results
The investigation pointers to factors that promote and inhibit portfolio use. The compulsory part of ePortfolio promotes awareness of level of own learning, learning needs and overview of learning material. The optional part of learning tools acts as partner and as an opponent in the learning process.
The study showed that ePortfolio facilitated differentiated guidance and clinical training, and mediated parts of the learning process of clinical nursing. Two learning tools were used by all but one. There were unearthed an untapped learning potential, with some learning tools were used to a limited extent and others not at all.

Kirsten Nielsen is one of the founding members of the Nordic Portfolio Forum, which has evolved into the Nordic Chapter of Europortfolio. 

Read more about the Ph.D. project here (in Danish): http://www.dsr.dk/Artikler/Sider/Sygeplejefestival/Fagsessioner/Laering-...

Domain: 
Education / lifelong learning
Tertiary Education
Higher Education
Vocational Training
Research