Starting Early: Using ePortfolios to Prepare First Year Midwifery Students for Professional Practice

  • Terri DownerEmail author
  • Christine Slade


Increasing accreditation demands for evidence of student competency and logistical challenges with paper-based portfolios have driven the shift towards ePortfolio use in midwifery curriculum. The use of the ePortfolio for assessment and learning in clinical settings provides students with flexible and immediate access to relevant information which can be instantly applied to learning. Using ePortfolios to prepare first year midwifery students for professional practice is an important contribution to the current trend in the move towards digital technologies. From a student perspective, early experiences of using an ePortfolio provides a foundation for their practice and career progression planning as well as meeting professional competency requirements.


Digital technology ePortfolio First year experience Midwifery Professional practice Reflection Assessment 



The researchers would like to thank the students who participated in the surveys and the staff who provided feedback on the ePortfolio implementation process.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, University of the Sunshine CoastSippy DownsAustralia
  2. 2.The University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia

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