Master of Health Sciences in Occupational Therapy
Students taking the master's in occupational therapy at the University of Ottawa must produce an electronic portfolio (portfolio professionnel étudiant numérique or e-PPP in French) highlighting their personal, academic and professional accomplishments during the program. The School provides a template to help you organize the content logically, but the final product and the intellectual property it contains belong to you.
The e-PPE is a flexible tool thanks to which you can take responsibility for your own learning process. The field-proven model you work with is the product of a successful pilot project conducted between 2005 and 2007 with the help of our professors, the Centre for University Teaching, the e-Learning Centre and more than 100 students in the occupational therapy bachelor's program.
But the template is more than a shell for you to fill; it comes with an array of background documents on professional practice, a series of activities to help you integrate what you learn, learning activities geared to specific courses, references on occupational therapy practice and on various learning aids, as well as a detailed compilation of the academic, professional and training skills you need to acquire and perfect as you work your way through the program. That makes the e-PPP not only a record of your academic training, but also an interactive tool for both you and your professors. Specifically, you use the e-PPP to consult and compile key documents, to perform all sorts of learning activities, and to express your creativity in the journal section or in several other sections designed for you to personalize.
Of course, with your e-PPE, you learn how to assemble an actual professional portfolio, which is required by all professional regulatory bodies. With that in mind, the e-PPP's designers made sure to base the product on the professional model, so you can acquaint yourself with the actual exercise required of you once you enter the work force. For instance, the e-PPE involves professional inspections like those conducted by accreditation bodies, so you learn about the process in advance.
In summary, building a portfolio serves these purposes: (1) provide added learning opportunities; (2) offer learning activities designed to help you acquire cross-curricular competencies, where you synthesize and integrate content from multiple courses (combine what you've learned into a coherent, all-encompassing body of knowledge); (3) prompt you to set time aside to think about your learning process and how you develop your skill set; (4) provide a single electronic storehouse for both your career-guidance documents and for documents that bear witness to your academic, personal and professional growth; (5) provide a special medium for students and professors to share in the learning process; et (6) prepare you for some of the key processes and requirements that lie ahead in professional practice.
All students of the master's in occupational therapy program are urged to make the most of this special learning exercise to discover the path to personal and professional growth that works best for them.