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Transforming placement portfolios at ATU

Transforming practice placement: ATU on how students’ eportfolios are “jewels of creativity” which capture their unique learning journeys.



Webinar Details

Are you responsible for mandatory clinical practice placement at your institution? Join us for insights on how to implement a successful portfolio-based practice placement that gives students ownership of their learning.

In 2022, the Medical Science department at ATU (formerly GMIT)  won a LearnSci Teaching Innovation Award for their use of eportfolios to evidence student learning. The Honours degree programme is accredited by the ACSLM (Ireland) by the IBMS (UK) and validated by CORU.

Join Helen Cregg and Dr Joan O’Keeffe, Lecturers in Medical Science at ATU Galway City, to hear how using eportfolios allows students to easily capture their experiences and evidence development of skills during mandatory practice in a hospital laboratory.

This initiative supported students in the creation of individual portfolios that capture their unique learning journeys spanning five different laboratory departments and the completion of 1000 hours of clinical placement.


Attendees can expect to take away concrete knowledge on how to:

  • Make it easier for students to log on, reflect and highlight development of laboratory skills using the app.
  • Encourage creativity and ownership of the portfolio, by providing options to use a template or create their own.
  • Allow students to give context to training evidence and help them make connections between theory and practice.
  • Develop a tool for life-long learning that evidences clinical placement skills, showcases training to employers and is portable beyond the university for Continuing Professional Development.

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Dr. Joan O'Keeffe

Lecturer in Medical Science
Atlantic Technological University

Helen Cregg

Lecturer in Medical Science
Atlantic Technological University

Paul Duvall

Head of Customer Success, UK & Ireland


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