iDentity: ePortfolio and assessment for Dentistry

iDentity is our latest Dental ePortfolio and clinical log book, used at Newcastle University and with partner institutions.



The portfolio is used at the point of learning in clinics, where it supports assessment with instant feedback, as well as facilitating reflective learning. A key advantage of the Web-based system over paper is that summaries of grades, procedures are always up to date and readily accessible through the ePortfolio.



The portfolio can be accessed in clinics using mobile devices (laptops, PDAs etc). This allows data entry at the point of care and facilitates immediate and contextual formative assessment and feedback. Students record their procedures and self assess, supervisors then also provide an assessment and feedback.



Responsive design to work with a range of devices.

Recent Publications



Cotterill S, Horner P, Teasdale D, Ellis J, Thomason JM, Vernazza C, Bradley P, Peterson J, Skelly G, Ball S. Effective embedding and integration of ePortfolios in medical and dental curricula Int.J.Clin. Skills. 2011; (5): 18-23.

Vernazza C, Ellis, J, Teasdale D, Cotterill S, Scott L, Thomason M, Drummond P, Moss J. Introduction of an e-portfolio in clinical dentistry: Staff and student views. Eur J Dent Education 2011;15:36-41

Ellis JS, Teasdale D, Cotterill SJ, Thomason JM. Is a generic UK e-portfolio for dentistry desirable and achievable? Eur J Dent Educ 2010; 14:254-6

Thomason M, Cotterill SJ, Teasdale D. Assessment at the point of learning: Dental ePortfolios & mobile technologies Proc. Improving the future healthcare workforce. Collaborative learning and teaching in action, Newcastle, 2010 (Abstract)

Cotterill SJ, Horner P, Teasdale D, Ellis J, Thomason M, Vernazza C, Bradley PM, Peterson J, Skelly G, McDonald AM, Ball SG.Effective embedding of ePortfolios in Medical and Dental curricula Proc. London Learning Forum; ePortfolio - Key Competencies - Identity, 2010, London. (Abstract)

Ellis J, Teasdale DW, Vernazza C, Cotterill SJ, Drummond P, Moss JD, Scott L, Thomason M. Effective use of ePortfolios and mobile technologies to support learning and assessment in Dentistry. Proc.ePortfolios, identity and personalised learning in healthcare education, HE Academy MEDEV Subject Centre, Newcastle, 2008. pp 42-49. ISBN 978-1-905788-66-2.

Previous project



The 'generic' ePortfolio developed in an FDTL4 project was been adapted for use in a national project involving 6 Dental Schools and 2 Postgraduate Deaneries.

Piloting with students at Queen Mary's University of London and vocational trainees in the Northern region began in September 2004.

The project has funded an ePortfolio developer post in the School of Medical Education Development at Newcastle University and a Researcher based at Queen Mary's University of London.

The project was presented by Liz Davenport at the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) Annual Meeting in Cardiff 2004. 'Transferable electronic portfolios for the dental curriculum'.

See also: Bibliography (Dentistry)

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