Monday, March 8, 2010

Conference: ePortfolios Australia Conference 2010 (EAC2010)

ePortfolios Australia Conference 2010 (EAC2010) - widening participation by engaging the learner

Following on from the successes of the VET E-portfolios Showcase in 2009 and the ALTC Australian ePortfolio Symposia in 2008/2009, ePortfolios Australia Conference 2010 (EAC2010) will bring together national and international educators and thought leaders to showcase current e-portfolio practice and demonstrate the ways e-portfolios are serving as catalysts to support and engage adult learning from the:

* vocational education and training (VET) sector
* higher education (HE) sector, and
* adult and community education (ACE) sector

EAC2010 will be held on the 3-4 November 2010 at the Angliss Conference Centre in Melbourne, with a Vendors ePortfolios Showcase to be held on the evening of Wednesday 3 November.

Vendors and sponsors interested in participating in this event can register their interest by contacting or phone: 08 8348 4075.

For more information:

Conference: AAEEBL Call for Proposals

Hello everyone: Please join us in Boston at the Seaport Hotel from July 19-22. The Call for Proposals is open. The site to submit a proposal to is We expect 600 attendees. Campus Technology, right next door in the Seaport World Trade Center adds another 800 attendees. We share an exhibit hall, so in addition to a full conference on ePortfolios, you can visit hundreds of booths in the shared exhibit hall. ePortfolio-related booths will be tagged in an easily recognizable way.

The proposals submitted to us will be reviewed by our program committee; only some proposals will be accepted. This is a refereed academic conference.

Featured speakers: Randy Bass, Helen Barrett, Helen Chen, Darren Cambridge, Bret Eynon, Trent Batson, Gary Brown, Phil Long, Kathleen Yancey, Terrel Rhodes, Serge Ravet, Peggy Maki, Steve Ehrmann, Allison Miller, Rob Ward, Marij Veugelers. France, the U.K., Australia and the Netherlands are represented.

Proposals will begin to be reviewed April 1; final deadline is May 1. Submit early to give yourself the best chance to be on the program.

Article: As We May Learn: Revisiting Bush

As We May Learn: Revisiting Bush
By Trent Batson
Campus Technology

Article: The Higher Education Hedgehog

The Higher Education Hedgehog
By Trent Batson
Campus Technology

Friday, January 15, 2010

ePortfolio articles in Transformative Dialogues (2009)

Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal
Volume 3, Issue 2, November 2009
New Media and Ways that it Supports Scholarship

Curriculum Leadership Portfolios: Enhancing Scholarly Approaches to Undergraduate Program Reform - Harry Hubball & Marion L. Pearson, University of British Columbia

Encouraging Integrative Learning through Current Events and Learning Portfolios - Marice E. Rose, Ph.D., Fairfield University

Using Electronic Faculty Course Portfolios to Showcase Classroom Practices and Student Learning - Paul Savory and Amy Goodburn, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

January 2010 EPAC/AAEEBL Virginia Tech webcast

If you'd like to join us and AAEEBL for tomorrow's webcast with Virginia Tech University on Telling the learning story: Students' authentic experiences used to assess learning, at 10-11 a.m. PT/12 p.m.-1 p.m. CT/1-2 p.m. ET, connection information is posted here:

We still encourage you to register for the event since this will allow us to contact you directly once the archived recording and chat transcript are available. We also use the registration information to solicit feedback and suggestions for future webcasts and chat topics as well as to support networking among our members.

Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL)/EPAC Webcast with Virginia Tech University
Telling the learning story: Students' authentic experiences used to assess learning
Thursday, January 14, 2010
10-11 a.m. PT/12 p.m.-1 p.m. CT/1-2 p.m. ET.

Registration and event follow-up:

NOTE: We ask that you to fill out the above form even if you attended the event but did not pre-register since this allows us to follow up with you directly once the recording of the event and chat transcript are available. It would also be helpful for us to inform of you of future events of interest.

Description: For the past several years, Virginia Tech has been engaged in a campus-wide effort to explore and adopt ePortfolio technology in appropriate places in its curriculum. From a handful of interested faculty in 2007, the ePortfolio Initiatives Office has grown to be working with more than 60 different projects across seven colleges. A large part of our success, we think, is not to focus too much on the technology for ePortfolio deployment, but to focus instead on using the technology to encourage student learning and assessment of that learning. Though we have a variety of ePortfolio projects, we find that our most successful and vibrant projects are those that engage with authentic activities that use the students' creative voices to analyze experiences from their perspectives. In this way, assessment of that learning, by the student, the instructor, and the institution, is enhanced by including qualitative, individual pictures of each student's different experiences with the curriculum. In this webcast, several examples of these projects will be reviewed, including our next big focus: our first-year experiences. As part of its regional reaccreditation efforts, Virginia Tech is planning to focus on first-year experiences in order to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness by improving student learning. In order to facilitate synthetic, reflective learning across a variety of experiences, ePortfolios will be one among other tools used. In this session, we will discuss how and why we chose to use ePortfolios, and how they will assist us in assessing the elements of the AAC&U VALUE Rubrics.

Our presenters will be Marc Zaldivar, Director of the ePortfolio Initiatives, an office of the Learning Technologies Department at Virginia Tech, and his Assistant Director, Teggin Summers, both of who will discuss some of the student-centered activities used in our ePortfolio projects. Also from Learning Technologies is C. Edward Watson, Director of Professional Development and Strategic Initiatives, who will provide information about the history and future potentials of the ePortfolio Initiatives. Finally, from the Office of Academic Assessment, Kate McConnell will talk about our adoption of the AAC&U VALUE Metarubrics and our plans for assessment of the First-Year Experiences.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Seeking ePortfolio examples for AAC&U Gallery of Writing


In partnership with the National Council of Teachers of English, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has created a Gallery of Writing within the much larger National Gallery of Writing project.

The AAC&U Gallery is looking for submissions of work that characterizes liberal education in the 21st century. The AAC&U page on the Gallery:

The AAC&U Gallery itself:

We would be interested in e-portfolio examples or other innovative practices, reflections, examples. Address questions, please, to Susan Albertine: Albertine AT


--Susan Albertine

Co-curator, AAC&U Gallery
Senior Director, LEAP States Initiative