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

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

January 2010 EPAC webcasts

After a rather quiet fall, EPAC will be kicking off 2010 with two co-sponsored webcasts scheduled for January and some opportunities to meet in person!

Webcast: Work-Based Folios in the UK and USA
Date and Time: Wednesday, January 13th at 8-9:30 a.m. PT/11-12:30 p.m. ET/4-5:30 p.m. GMT

This unique transatlantic webinar will feature presenters from both the UK and USA who will deliver 4 short presentations on the growing use of web based eportfolios for use in "work based learning.” JISC Regional Support Center East and West Midlands have teamed up with EPAC to exchange experiences of how eportfolios are being used in this growing area of higher education. Attendees will be given the opportunity to interact with presenters and networking with colleagues via the use of voting and chat features in this live session.

Dr. Jacqueline Goodwin, coordinator of the eFolio Pennyslvania effort -- will be joining Jill Lumsden, Career Development Coordinator of the Florida State University Career Portfolio as our speakers on the U.S. side. Speakers from the UK are Simon Grant of JISC CETIS who will be discussing his new book, Electronic Portfolios: Personal Information, Personal Development and Personal Value (more about Simon can be found here: and Michael Gilroy, E-Learning Manager Lincoln Academy Ltd t/a ISIS Training/ ( Mick has had a pivotal role in developing and introducing organisation-wide use of technology including the embedded use of e-portfolio, for which the company won Becta Technology Exemplar status.

The webcast is free to attend and we encourage anyone who is interested to register at

Webcast: Virginia Tech University
Date and Time: Thursday, January 14th at 10-11 a.m. PT/1-2 p.m. ET

Jointly sponsored with the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL), this interactive webcast will feature the university-wide ePortfolio initiatives at Virgina Tech aimed at improving education, learning assessment, and student engagement by using collaborative online tools. Our presenters will include members of the Learning Technologies team who are leading this work.

EPAC webcasts are free to attend and are open to anyone interested in ePortfolios. Space may be limited for some of the events and pre-registration may be required. More information on where and how to join the webcasts will be posted shortly on our blog and wiki at and