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Learning Enhancement and Development

Session 1D - Workshop

Integration of MyProgress software as a teaching tool in health education

Dr Byki Huntjens - School of Health Sciences, City, University of London
Mr Mark Mayhew - School of Health Sciences, City, University of London

My Progress is a powerful mobile software application to capture student progress, online and offline. This session will focus on the implementation of My Progress in health care education aiming at monitor student progression and enhance student learning.

Smartphones can help healthcare educators to provide consistent support for students (Boyce, 2012). Using e-portfolios in classroom assignments and as a reflective activity can assist staff members with evaluating and understanding student outcomes (McMillan and Fox, 2016). The development of a dedicated electronic app like MyProgress (www.myprogressapp.com) allows students to upload case reflections to an online portfolio in real time, while workplace-based assessments can be completed on the spot by clinicians.

Situation in Optometry:
To offer students a distinctive clinical and learning opportunity, our Division, like many other UK optometry schools,  runs an optometric student clinic on University campus. A wide variety of patients are seen, ranging from general eye examinations to contact lenses, visual impairment, binocular vision, pediatrics, and dispensing spectacles. At City Sight, approximately 3,300 patients are examined throughout the academic year. As part of the UK BSc Optometry degree, each third year student should examine a minimum of 60 patients spread over 5 different clinics. In addition, our professional body requires students to pass 41 core competencies, while staff should provide feedback on individual performance to monitor student progression. However, managing all patients, clinics, and students requires a significant amount of administrative effort; time which is rather spent enhancing student learning and clinical experience.

Solution for health care students on placements and/or in practice-based assesssments:
MyProgress software was developed to 1) provide personalized, electronic feedback of each clinical experience; 2) electronically track student progression including completion of core competencies; and 3) enhance reflective learning.  Student feedback showed that 95% of students (response rate n=70) rated MyProgress as a valuable learning tool.

This workshop provides an overview of the wide variety of use of MyProgress, a powerful tool to monitor student progression in a variety of working environments. The key outcomes of this hands-on session are:
1.Understand how to design an assessment/feedback form
2.Ability to deploy an assessment/feedback form – student and educator/supervisor styles
3.Manage to analyse completed data


Boyce, N., 2012. The Lancet Technology, January 2012. The Lancet 379 (9812); 209

McMillan, R., and Fox, M., 2016. Gathering Meaningful Artifacts: Integrating the Technology of e-Portfolio into Health Care Professional Education. Global Journal of Human-Social Science Research, 16(3).