Workplace-based assessment and the portfolio
A portfolio can be seen as a dossier of evidence collected over time, which demonstrates a doctor’s education and practice achievements (Wilkinson et al., 2002).
In essence, a portfolio, if well constructed, should describe the journey of a learner towards the attainment of professional competence.
The box below demonstrates the key functions of a portfolio and how it relates to workplace-based assessment.
Functions of a portfolio
- It aims to serve as the reflective learning log of the learner, available to be shared with their educational supervisor.
- It demonstrates the learner’s progress towards covering the breadth and depth of the curriculum.
- It acts as a repository for assessments carried out as part of workplace-based assessment.
- It acts as a framework for the learning agreements between learners and teachers.
- It charts a learner’s progression and ‘learning journey’, and can help in making career choices and decisions.