There is growing evidence that use of E-portfolios has a positive effect on learning experience. However, literature has not shown sufficient data about the effectiveness of E-portfolios in medical education. This study was conducted to assess the acceptability and potential impacts of E-portfolio use for undergraduate radiography students.
This cross-sectional quantitative study was conducted during the academic year 2016–2017 on students studying clinical courses. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to the selected cohort of students. All participants completed the consent form before answering the questionnaire.
Of 75 students, 66 completed the survey (response rate; 88%). Students' experience, students' learning support, and the challenges of E-portfolio use were identified. Forty-one (62%) students perceived that E-portfolios facilitated the effective organization of their work, and 40 (61%) agreed that E-portfolios enhanced their professional skills. In contrast, the students perceived a negative correlation between students' learning support and future utilization of E-portfolios (correlation coefficient −0.394, p = 0.05). Future utilization of E-portfolios was found to be positively correlated with challenges and commitment to deadlines, with correlation coefficients of 0.371 and 0.152, respectively.
The study found that continuous technical support for E-portfolios throughout the course had a potential role in enhancing learning experience. Appropriate training for integrating E-portfolios into teaching and learning can potentially enrich the educational environment. Student and faculty feedback is the main cornerstone for E-portfolio success.