Types of Activities

What Learning Activites Should I Record in my ePortfolio?

You have tremendous flexibility in the type of professional development and continuous learning activities you can undertake in your QA ePortfolio. They can also be in any format which meets your learning needs (e.g. department in-services, formal courses, reading journals, etc.). We don’t “approve” courses or assign points. You decide which learning activities will be part of your Quality Assurance ePortfolio. Your choice must, however, be related to improving your knowledge, skills and judgment as a member of the profession. Here are just a few examples of topic areas/types of continuous learning activities:

1. Patient, client and other health care professional support

Examples:

  • Learning about or teaching others about cross-cultural issues

  • Learning about or teaching others how to support the needs of various age groups (e.g. children, the elderly)

  • Working on your facility’s QA Program

  • Working with the CMRITO or with professional associations, such as Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Sciences (OAMRS)/Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT)/Sonography Canada, on various committees

  • Record of learning from experts by attendance at rounds, tutorials or CD, video and/or internet learning

2.  Care enhancement

Examples:

  • Working on a facility/community committee to improve patient care or public safety

  • Keeping your CPR certificate current

  • Learning about new diseases or new treatments

3. Practice changes/enhancements

  Examples:

  • Learning a new technique (e.g. CT scanning)

  • Technical innovations

  • Developing new skills in response to multi-skilling requirements

  • Presenting procedures/techniques/new approaches to fellow health care professionals

4. Risk Management

Examples:

  • Setting-up, teaching or attending first aid, CPR, WHMIS

  • Working on your facility’s Health & Safety Committee

5.  Education development

Examples:

  • Exchange arrangement

  • Personal research and study

  • Teaching and learning skills

  • Coaching skills

  • Performance-evaluation skills

Possible Resources For Continuous Learning Activities

Note: The resource ideas provided here are suggestions for you to consider when looking for opportunities for continuing education and professional development activities

Examples of Possible Resources:

Professional Associations The Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Sciences, the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists and Sonography Canada offer articles and papers in journals, as well as correspondence programs in a variety of subject areas.
The Internet It provides a list of resources, access to library catalogues, articles, professional associations and conferences, discussion and special-interest groups on a variety of topics.
Your own and other health care professionals’ libraries You and other healthcare professionals have libraries of professional and educational materials, and a variety of subscriptions to professional journals and magazines. The libraries also provide information about professional and educational events through newsletters of professional associations and various community organizations. These materials provide many useful sources for continuous learning activities.
Colleges and universities These institutions offer various courses leading to degrees, diplomas or certificates. Many offer part-time, evening and weekend courses, and correspondence programs. Colleges and universities also maintain extensive resource libraries.
Various medical communications, training and publishing companies These sell audio-visual and/or print materials on a variety of topics. Most of these companies have catalogues available upon request.
Various equipment, film or pharmaceutical manufacturers They provide audio-visual and written materials to support products and services they provide.