Enhancing the capacity of employees to undertake leadership and management roles and responsibilities at CSU is not necessarily an easy task. Marcelle Droulers, course coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in University Leadership and Management, discusses an innovative assessment strategy that utilises an ePortfolio, ThinkSpace, in “Leading Through Portfolios” a new exemplar in the PBE Showcase. As Marcelle notes, “the ePortfolio allows for more dynamism in what the participants are doing in the course. I am able to see their experiences happening as they go along in real time, as they write about it.” For this reason, Marcelle believes that the ePortfolio allows for significant benefits over traditional assessment items. While students initially view both the technical tasks and reflective learning associated with an online portfolio as challenging, over the course of the semester both their skills and confidence grow. Scaffolding the technical tasks is essential, and Marcelle has found that providing this additional student support has led to better outcomes for both herself and her students.
The PBE Showcase places a spotlight on good practices in professional and practice-based education and provides inspiration and guidance for the achievement of excellent PBE practice. There are a series of exemplars available covering topics including learning in a virtual pharmacy, service learning through a community partnership program and exploring professional practice through visual spaces.