How to implement E-Portfolios into Respiratory Care

Dear Respiratory Care Program Director,

Currently, my Respiratory Care students utilize a program to track their clinical hours, doctor interactions, journal entries from their week at, as well as, competency check offs. Once they graduate the program they never access this information again. Therefore, I am proposing the use of e-portfolios to make their experience more authentic to them. They could use their e-portfolio platform to post their doctor interaction, journal entries, and competency check offs as blog, video, presentation, or whatever outlet they find best suited. They could reflect on this information, if they forget a procedure or information.

I’m proposing a solution that could make the student take ownership of their learning. As well as, creating a platform for them to grown throughout their two years in the program. They will be able to build their profile and take with them post-graduation as a resume.

I am proposing to initiate an e-portfolio in which:

  • 1st year students would be oriented on how to build their e-portfolios. Along with, literature, discussions, and videos to be posted on blackboard for guidance on “How to build your e-portfolio.”
  • I will give the student the power to choose which site they would like for their e-portfolio
  • The student would be able to build their site with their educational and clinical development.
  • Students could use their site to show achievements, credentials, certifications, and utilize it post-graduation as a resume.
  • Students would be able to access their e-portfolio after graduation to add accomplishments in their professional career as a Respiratory Therapist.

Do to the dynamic of the program the student would have little time to work on this in the classroom. We could dedicate eight hours during orientation days, while the rest of the time would be spent independently at home.  If we implement the e-portfolio their freshman year they will be able to apply the foundation from their first day of the program. They could build upon it and rely back to the information when they return each semester. It usually takes the students a couple of weeks to remember information after a long break. This could be used as a refresher and their learning hasn’t been lost.

I would like to propose that we add e-portfolios to the clinical course throughout the Respiratory Care Program requirement to track clinical and educational development. I believe this will engage and motivate students to be more creative in their learning experiences, in addition to, have a virtual resume to take with them after graduation.


Jessica Hudnall

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