12th Annual Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios
ePortfolios in a Time of Transformation:
Leveraging What We Know About Learning for the Future of Higher Education
Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23, 2021
The ePortfolio Forum is cohosted by AAC&U’s project, VALUE: Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education; the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL), the association of ePortfolio professionals; and the International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP).
About the Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios
AAC&U’s 12th Annual Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolio will offer interactive concurrent sessions and workshop opportunities for participants to share the good work they are doing to enhance student learning, success, and career development through the use of ePortfolios and digital learning. Practitioner narratives and the results of empirical research are both invited for this year’s Forum. Additionally, the Forum will highlight a range of leadership practices that will help those in the ePortfolio space successfully shape the future of their initiative, their campus, and higher education.
The ePortfolio Forum will showcase three tracks:
- The ePortfolio Practice Track will offer information on best practices regarding how to employ ePortfolios to their greatest impact;
- A robust ePortfolio Research Track will showcase the latest ePortfolio research; and
- The ePortfolio Leadership Track will provide guidance and direction for faculty and administrators who have assumed leadership roles associated with ePortfolios.
Please note that the deadline to submit proposals is Monday, July 20, 2020.
Those proposing sessions are encouraged to consider meaningful ways to include and involve students, employers, and/or alumni in their presentations as those proposals will receive additional weighting during the review process.
Detailed information about what is required for a submission and tips for a sucessful proposal can be found here.
ePORTFOLIO PRACTICE TRACK
ePortfolios have been identified as a high-impact practice and are in use in more than half of colleges and universities in the United States. There are faculty and other educational professionals working at every stage of ePortfolio application and adoption. Sessions for the ePortfolio Practice Track will address hands-on, practical applications of ePortfolios based upon first-hand experience developing ePortfolio programs and incorporating ePortfolios into pedagogical practices. This will include:
- how to use ePortfolios to help students integrate their learning experiences within a course, across a program, across learning opportunities, and life experiences;
- how ePortfolios can move from a practice of a few innovative faculty to a core aspect of every college and university through systematic institutionalization, resulting in a campus culture of integration and reflection among both faculty members and students;
- how to leverage ePortfolios for career development and job placement, including how to use ePortfolios to help students transition from college to career and from entry level positions to the next stages in professional life; and
- how to incorporate complementary strategies around learning outcomes, such as utilizing VALUE rubrics, to increase the effectiveness and positive effects of ePortfolios.
ePORTFOLIO RESEARCH TRACK
ePortfolios have been used on many campuses for numerous years for teaching and learning, assessment, career development, and other purposes. Individual campuses and consortia of colleges have conducted research on various aspects of ePortfolios. Sessions in this track will provide the results of research on ePortfolio use that are informing faculty and students about the effect of engaging with ePortfolios for enhanced student learning, student success, assessment, and career development. Sessions in this track will focus on:
- the effect of using ePortfolios on student performance, including deep learning, GPA, completion, reflective practice, etc.;
- instructional approaches, including the use of ePortfolios for signature work, scaffolding learning development, and as a meta high impact practice;
- assessment strategies and practices that leverage ePortfolios and how data can be used for program improvement, accreditation, and reporting; and
- assisting students with career development as well as how employers are using ePortfolios in their hiring and professional development practices.
ePORTFOLIO LEADERSHIP TRACK
ePortfolios are being used widely in higher education for teaching and learning, assessment, and career development, and this track invites sessions that showcase successful practices in technology management supporting applications of ePortfolios and digital learning in these contexts. Presentations are also sought in this track that critically examine the ePortfolio field and suggest new directions and innovative applications of ePortfolios. Sessions in this track may focus on:
- unique and effective strategies for supporting and promoting ePortfolios, such as leveraging student mentors, utilizing inventive support structures, and more;
- tried and true methods for picking an ePortfolio platform, advocating for budgetary support, navigating changes in senior leadership, and more;
- strategically leveraging ePortfolios in a variety of contexts, including but not limited to admissions, student affairs, career services, university athletics, student organizations, multicultural programs, and more;
- best practices in technology management, faculty development, and student development to accelerate ePortfolio adoption and initiative success; and
- how ePortfolios can be coupled with other practices, such as employer research, design thinking, and data disaggregation, to increase the complexity and meaning of ePortfolio practices.
International Journal of ePortfolio
AAC&U is proud to collaborate with the International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP)—a double-blind, peer-reviewed, open access journal freely available online—on a special issue to be published in Spring 2021. Please note that those accepted to present a session in the 12th Annual ePortfolio Forum will be invited to write a 3,000-7,000 manuscript on the information/research being presented; however, submission to IJeP does not guarantee publication, as the journal’s peer review process will determine manuscript acceptance.
Note, too, that the manuscript must be submitted in advance of the Forum and that the deadline for submission for consideration in the IJeP’s special issue is December 1, 2020. Information about IJeP manuscript expectations can be found here.
Submissions to IJeP are welcome from all interested individuals, regardless of participation in the Forum.