ePAD: The way to go! Electronic Practice Assessment

ePAD: The way to go!
electronic Practice Assessment Document
Tim Smale & Mike Gibbs
● Visit to Northampton University
● Paperless/cost reduction/environmentally friendly
● Document safety
● Reduce time in assessment
● Flexibility in workload/planning
● Development of partnership working
● To develop an electronic practice assessment
document (ePAD) using Pebblepad resources.
● In line with Keele University sustainability policy, to
produce a paperless assessment document.
● To evaluate the effectiveness of the ePAD.
● To make recommendation to the Teaching &
Learning Committee
Nested Workbooks
Mostly Assessor fields
Lots of duplication of text between fields
One off large creation task
Testing internally
Keeping up to date with PebblePad updates and testing
before issues arise
● Mentors
o 1 Mentor to 1 PC
o Information Cards
● Students
o Full training and specific refresher
● Email support
● Website support
● Phone support
● Three year pilot starting with September 2013 intake.
● Child and Learning Disability students and their
● Mentors have access to all students in field.
● Personal Tutors can monitor.
● The Pilot project to be evaluated.
● Allows us to plan for largest group - Adult nursing
Evaluation Model
Based on an adaptation of the
Quality Assurance cycle.
(adapted from Davies and Macdonald
Davies, J.K., and Macdonald, G. (1998) Quality
Evidence and Effectiveness in Health Promotion.
London. Rowntree.
Evaluation Process
● Focus Groups
- Students
- Mentors
● On-line questionnaire
● Personal Tutors
Future Plans
● If evaluated well then it would be extended to all fields
of Nursing and Midwifery.
● The ePAD would become subsumed into the students
PebblePad professional portfolio.
Investment needed in relation to time and training
Changes in culture settings
Responses to evaluation
Make use of Assessor only pages
It’s working!

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