10th Annual Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios
ePORTFOLIOS AND THE VALUE OF HIGHER EDUCATION
Celebrating 10 Years of AAC&U’s ePortfolio Forum
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Hyatt Regency Hotel / Atlanta, Georgia
The ePortfolio Forum is jointly sponsored 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).
Submitting a Proposal for the ePortfolio Forum or for the Annual Meeting
AAC&U is now accepting proposals for the ePortfolio Forum on Saturday, January 26, as well as for the Annual Meeting proper (for presentation on Thursday, January 24, or Friday, January 25). Please see the Call for Proposals for guidelines on submitting a proposal. You will be able to indicate on the form if you are submitting your proposal for the Annual Meeting proper or for the ePortfolio Forum.
- Proposals for the Annual Meeting proper are due on July 25.
- Proposals for the Saturday ePortfolio Forum are due on August 6.
About the Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios
In 2010, AAC&U held the first Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios, and over the past decade, a great deal has occurred within the world of ePortfolios. The field has developed, and research has emerged to highlight the possibilities as well as the quantifiable value that ePortfolios hold for a range of practices and goals within higher education. Over these ten years, the Association of Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL—the professional association of ePortfolio researchers and practitioners) emerged, the International Journal of ePortfolio was launched, and key research initiatives, edited books, research studies, and practitioner resources were shared with higher education. In 2016, George Kuh examined the corpus of research regarding ePortfolios and discovered that the outcomes associated with ePortfolios mirrored the deep learning and student success outcomes that also result from the High Impact Educational Practices (HIPs) that are a cornerstone within AAC&U’s LEAP Initiative. ePortfolios were then added as an eleventh HIP within LEAP.
As the first decade of the Forum concludes, AAC&U’s 10thth Annual Digital Learning and ePortfolio Forum—“ePortfolios and the Value of Higher Education: Celebrating 10 Years of AAC&U’s ePortfolio Forum”— will serve as a milestone by commemorating established evidence-based practices and looking ahead to opportunities to further leverage ePortfolios to increase the value higher education has in society. The Forum will offer interactive concurrent sessions and workshop opportunities for participants to share the good work they are doing to enhance student learning and success and demonstrate how ePortfolios and higher education contribute to improving student lives, preparation for a global economy, and participation in strengthening democracy.
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 Vision Track will look to the future at opportunities to leverage what we empirically know about ePortfolios in new areas, contexts, and domains.
Those proposing sessions are encouraged to consider meaningful ways to include and involve students and/or alumni in their presentations as those proposals will receive additional weighting during the review process.
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 tried and true methods for picking an ePortfolio platform can be implemented to ensure student learning, while providing the data institutions need for assessment and accreditation.
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 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 VISION TRACK
ePortfolios are well established for teaching and learning, assessment, and career development; however, this track invites sessions that look to current and future practices in areas not typically trafficked by ePortfolios. Additionally, presentations are also sought in this track that critically examine the ePortfolio field and suggest a vision for the future of ePortfolios. Sessions in this track will take us to new practices and new domains, and may focus on:
- how the field of ePortfolios will evolve in the coming months and years;
- how ePortfolios can be used in a variety of contexts, including but not limited to admissions, student affairs, career services, university athletics, student organizations, multicultural programs, and more;
- how to leverage best practices in technology management, faculty development, and student development to accelerate ePortfolio adoption and initiative success; and
- how ePortfolios can be couple 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 2019. Please note that those accepted to present a session in the 10th 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, 2018. Information about IJeP manuscript expectations can be found here.
Submissions to IJeP are welcome from all interested individuals, regardless of participation in the Forum.