Exploring the Potential of a Collaborative Web-based E-portfolio in Social Work Field Education

Annie Venville, Helen Cleak, Emma Bould

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In most Australian workplaces that provide placement opportunities, social workers are unlikely to receive reductions in their workload for supervising students and completing the administrative requirements of field education subjects. Associated time costs lead to reluctance to supervise social work students. This article investigates the potential for a web-based e-portfolio tool to support and streamline social work field education and assessment processes. Social work students, field educators, and university-appointed liaison staff (N = 110) from a large Australian university completed an online survey administered at the end of placement. The majority of participants reported that the e-portfolio provided a useful framework for recording evidence of student learning; was simple to use; saved time; and had the capacity to enhance the quality and immediacy of communication between parties. We argue that e-portfolios can efficiently capture evidence of student learning and provide a robust mode of supporting social work students on placement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-196
Number of pages12
JournalAustralian Social Work
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • E-portfolio
  • Field Education
  • Social Work
  • Student Assessment

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