Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Article: Implementing Electronic Portfolios: Benefits, Challenges, and Suggestions (2008)

© 2008 Barbara Meyer and Nancy Latham.
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, vol. 31, no. 1 (January–March 2008), pp. 34–41
This research describes the lessons learned during initial implementation of e-folios at four teacher education programs
Occasionally, we'll highlight ePortfolio-related articles that might be of interest to EPAC members. Some of these articles will be current but we may also revisit publications from the past that address issues that are still relevant today.

If you have an article to contribute, please let us know!

ELI Webinar: Using Electronic Course Portfolios to Support the Scholarship of Teaching (2009.11.09)
If your institution is a member of the Educause Learning Initiative (ELI), you might be interested in signing up for this web seminar:

Bridgett Piernik-Yoder
Bridgett Piernik-Yoder
Assistant Professor
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Topic: Using Electronic Course Portfolios to Support the Scholarship of Teaching
Date: November 9, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT (12:00 p.m. CDT, 11:00 a.m. MDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT)
International participants: You may wish to visit this external time-conversion website to calculate the event's start time in your time zone.
Duration: 1 hour

Malcolm Brown, director of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, moderates this web seminar with Bridgett Piernik-Yoder. As discourse regarding the evaluation of teaching has evolved, an established definition of the standards of scholarship of teaching has emerged. In adhering to these standards, it becomes imperative to document teaching practices and investigate methods that support the examination and sharing of teaching practices. Whereas the concept of scholarship of teaching has been defined, little information is available regarding specific tools and processes to support scholarship of teaching.

The purpose of this presentation is to illustrate how course portfolios are one effective tool in documenting teaching practices to support reflective technique and invite peer review. The use of an electronic course portfolio as a flexible tool to support scholarship of teaching will be highlighted. Additionally, the challenges and benefits of developing electronic course portfolios will be presented, as well as suggestions to facilitate the development process.

This free seminar is an exclusive benefit for ELI member organizations—you and any others at your institution are invited to attend. Virtual seating is limited, however, and registration is required. REGISTER NOW.

AAEEBL Newsletter - 2009.10.28

For information on how to sign up to receive these newsletters, please join the The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) Google Group here:   You do not need to be a member of AAEEBL to join this list. 

We've sent updates to the entire AAEEBL community for the past 9 months as we grew from 30 individuals to 230 individuals in 7 countries and 80 member institutions. Now, in recognition of our status as an established professional association, "updates" have become "newsletters," although not yet formatted as such.

** The AAEEBL website,, is a social site which supports discussions. The site is updated almost daily so reflects the latest status and activities of AAEEBL. It would help AAEEBL greatly if you could put a link from your own sites to

** Four AAEEBL conferences in 2010 are already set: 1) March 22-24, 2010, Clemson University, first conference for the AAEEBL Southeast Chapter, 2) May 18, 2010, Stonehill College, MA, first conference for the AAEEBL New England Chapter, 3) May, 2010 [date not finalized], Case Western Reserve University, first conference for the AAEEBL Midwest Chapter, 4) July 19-22, 2010, Boston, Seaport World Trade Center, first annual AAEEBL conference. See for more information.

** Other conferences under discussion: 1) ANZ AAEEBL Chapter, 2) Northwest AAEEBL chapter, 3) Rocky Mountain AAEEBL chapter.

** AAEEBL has ten corporate affiliates who have provided financial support to AAEEBL: Desire2Learn, Task Stream, FolioTek, Adobe, Epsilen, Digication, CommonNeed, eCollege (Pearson), Blackboard, The Longsight Group. Logos are being installed on our home page.

** A listserv has been set up by EPAC which provides a discussion forum for the EPAC Community of Practice which each of you can join as well by going to: The list is: EPAC retains its regular presence at and at its new blog:

** A call for papers for AAEEBL 2010 in Boston will be sent out in December via this list and other lists you may be a member of. AAEEBL 2010 is co-located with Campus Technology and co-hosted by AAC&U and by NERCOMP.

** The first AAEEBL survey and research project is being formed with a focus on student reflections. You will be seeing more information about this survey and project in the next month.

I'd like to include brief mentions of news from you in the next AAEEBL newsletter, so send me vignettes or brief write-ups to feature.

Best to you all
Trent Batson

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Report: Focus on Formative Feedback (March 2007)

An interesting report from ETS and a comprehensive literature review on feedback, particularly formative feedback on student learning:

Focus on Formative Feedback
By Valerie J. Shute
Available at

From the POD listserv

Friday, October 16, 2009

Article: The Limitations of Portfolios (10/16/09)

October 16, 2009
Inside Higher Ed

Electronic collections help show the range of students' work, but are not standardized or scalable enough to be used for broad assessment purposes, write Richard Shavelson, Stephen Klein and Roger Benjamin.

A provoking perspective...thoughts, comments, reactions? The comments to the article are also worth reading as are AAC&U President's Carol Schneider's response here: and Dr. Helen Barrett's blog posting here:

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Call for Proposals: Ed-Media 2010, June 28-July 2, 2010

ED-MEDIA 2010: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications
June 28-July 2, 2010 * Toronto, Canada
The Westin Harbour Castle on Lake Ontario

Submissions Due: Dec. 18, 2009


The scope of the conference includes, but is not limited to, the following major topics as they relate to the educational and developmental aspects of multimedia/hypermedia and telecommunications:

1. Infrastructure: (in the large)
- Architectures for Educational Technology Systems
- Design of Distance Learning Systems
- Distributed Learning Environments
- Methodologies for system design
- Multimedia/Hypermedia Systems
- WWW-based course-support systems

2. Tools & Content-oriented Applications:
- Agents
- Authoring tools
- Evaluation of impact
- Interactive Learning Environments
- Groupware tools
- Multimedia/Hypermedia Applications
- Research perspectives
- Virtual Reality
- WWW-based course sites
- WWW-based learning resources
- WWW-based tools

3. New Roles of the Instructor & Learner:
- Constructivist perspectives
- Cooperative/collaborative learning
- Implementation experiences
- Improving Classroom Teaching
- Instructor networking
- Instructor training and support
- Pedagogical Issues
- Teaching/Learning Strategies

4. Human-computer Interaction (HCI/CHI):
- Computer-Mediated Communication
- Design principles
- Usability/user studies
- User interface design

5. Cases & Projects:
- Country-Specific Developments
- Exemplary projects
- Institution-specific cases
- Virtual universities

6. Special Strand: ** Universal Web Accessibility **


Submissions Due: December 18, 2009
Authors Notified: February 9, 2010
Proceedings File Due: May 3, 2010
Early Registration: May 3, 2010
Hotel Reservations: May 27, 2010
Conference: June 28-July 2, 2010

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Conference: ABET Symposium, April 15-17, 2010

Proposals are now being accepted for the April 15-17, 2010 ABET Symposium (formerly “Best Assessment Processes”). NEW format includes resource room to review examples of ABET self-studies and multiple program tracks. Proposals are now being accepted in the following tracks:
  • Program Assessment Processes
  • Writing your Self-Study
  • Preparing for the Evaluation Visit
Proposals are encouraged for three hour workshops in any of the track areas to be offered on Thursday afternoon April 15. Submit your proposal at All proposals will be peer reviewed.

Location is in Las Vegas at the non-casino, Alexis Park Las Vegas Resort Hotel with rates at $69 per night for suites.

Conference: New England Educational Assessment Network, 11/6/09

Integrating Classroom, Program and Institutional Assessment
Friday, November 6, 2009, at the College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, Massachusetts
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Linda Suskie

The Forum sessions represent an array of institutions from across New England and will focus on key issues in higher education assessment, including topics on:

--General Education and General Outcomes Assessment
--Discipline and Program-Based Assessment
--E-portfolios and other tools
--“Best Practices” in Assessment Implementation

Registration forms are attached and available on the NEEAN website:

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Conference: 2009 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, October 25-27, 2009

2009 Assessment Institute
October 25-27, 2009
The Westin Indianapolis

In-depth Learning Opportunities with Scholars/Practitioners for all Faculty and Academic and Student Affairs Administrators

Pre-Institute Workshops: Extended learning opportunities with experienced practitioners

Keynote Panel and Concurrent Workshops with leaders of successful assessment initiatives including:
  • Jamie P. Merisotis, Lumina Foundation for Education
  • Thomas A. Angelo, La Trobe University, Australia
  • Trudy W. Banta, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Peter T. Ewell, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)
  • George D. Kuh, Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University
  • Jeffrey A. Seybert, Johnson County (KS) Community College
Track Plenary Sessions & Workshops Emphasizing Assessment in:
  • Civic Engagement, keynote by Victor M.H. Borden, Indiana University
  • ePortfolios, keynote by Helen C. Barrett, University of Oregon
  • Faculty Development, keynote by Myles G. Boylan, National Science Foundation
  • First-Year Experience, keynote by Jane V. Wellman, Delta Project on Postsecondary Education Costs, Productivity, and Accountability
  • Student Development and Diversity, keynote by Gwendolyn Dungy, NASPA - Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education
CONTINUING OUR TRADITIONS - We will present sessions with national assessment leaders, the Best Practices Fair, and additional learning opportunities emphasizing:
  • Accreditation
  • All Major Fields
  • Assessment Methods
  • Community Colleges
  • General Education