Annual Meeting

2022 Annual Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios

Part of the 2022 Annual Meeting

Quality, Equity, Affordability and Access:
Preparing for the Future of Higher Education and Our Democracy

As universities return to a new normal and reflect upon the evolution and effectiveness of instructional practices adopted as a result of demands created by COVID-19, it is imperative that student learning and student success guide decisions regarding what practices to keep and revise and what practices to diminish or jettison. Further, it is important for the future of our democracy, of higher education, and our students that quality, equity, affordability, and access be central among the goals of this new instruction. AAC&U’s Annual Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios is being reframed this year with the aforementioned goals and intersections in mind. This event will offer interactive concurrent sessions and workshop opportunities for participants to share evidence and best practices regarding how open learning, open pedagogical practices, and open educational resources are being leveraged in the service of student learning, student agency, and student success. Relatedly, ePortfolios continue to be a key digital learning strategy as they offer opportunities to enhance student learning, success, and career development while also enabling students to learn and share openly. Across both of those themes, the Forum will highlight a range of faculty development practices, leadership strategies, and student voices that are being leveraged to successfully prepare and facilitate campuses as they employ open learning strategies and ePortfolios.

The Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios will showcase two tracks:

  • The Open Learning Track will highlight evidence and best practices regarding how open learning, open pedagogical practices, and open educational resources are being leveraged in the service of student learning, agency, and success; and
  • A robust ePortfolios Practice and Research Track will showcase the latest practices and research findings regarding ePortfolios.

Those proposing sessions are encouraged to consider meaningful ways to include and involve students, employers, and/or alumni in their presentations. Such proposals will received additional weighting during the review process, as will sessions that highlight the intersections between open learning and ePortfolios.

Register for the Forum

Attending the Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios requires a separate registration fee from the 2022 Annual Meeting. Participants have the option to attend the Forum alone or both the 2022 Annual Meeting (in-person or virtual) and the Forum (virtual only). When registering, you will navigate to the same registration site as the Annual Meeting and select the Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios from the list of registration options.

Forum Track Descriptions

  • Opportunities for exploring open learning approaches abound in our current higher education environment, and best practices are evolving regarding course design, development, delivery, and assessment. Sessions for the Open Learning track will address established approaches and emerging models associated with excellence in open learning, open pedagogy, and open educational resources. Of particular interest are strategies intentionally designed to emphasize and leverage the intersection between student agency, community connections/collaboration, access, and affordability. Sessions in this track will focus on, but are not limited to

    • strategies and approaches that enable students, faculty, and publishers to create, share, publish, and remix knowledge via openly licensed work;
    • open education strategies, including Open Educational Resources (OER), as a means to increase college affordability, reduce degree attainment gaps, improve learning for all students, and improve course quality;
    • strategies to ensure those without broadband, the latest technologies, and other resources are treated equitably in learning settings; and
    • the use of faculty learning communities, workshop series, summer institutes, communities of practice, and emerging faculty and leadership development approaches that are empowering faculty and leaders as they leverage open learning practices and lead open learning initiatives.
  • For decades, ePortfolios have been used on numerous campuses worldwide, advancing teaching and learning, assessment, career development, and other key initiatives. Faculty and other educational professionals are working at every stage of ePortfolio application and adoption, including performing in-depth research on the use and effectiveness of ePortfolios . Sessions in this track will address hands-on, practical applications of ePortfolios based on firsthand experience in developing ePortfolio programs and incorporating ePortfolios into pedagogical and assessment practices. This track is also a place to share the results of research on ePortfolios, serving to inform our ePortfolio practices and strategies for enhanced student learning, student success, assessment, and career development. Sessions in this track will focus on, but are not limited to

    • how to use ePortfolios to help students integrate their learning experiences within a course, across a program, and across learning opportunities and life experiences;
    • the effects of ePortfolio use on student performance, including deep learning, GPA, completion, reflective practice, motivation, and other key outcomes;
    • instructional and assessment approaches, including the use of ePortfolios for signature work, scaffolded learning development, and program improvement, as well as ePortfolio's role as a high-impact practice;
    • professional development applications and uses, including faculty development toward the integration of ePortfolios into instruction and assessment practices at various levels;
    • assisting students with career development as well as how employers and institutions are using ePortfolios in their hiring and professional development practices; and
    • emerging ePortfolio topics, such as digital ethics, storytelling through ePortfolios in times of crisis, and equity and inclusion.

Tentative Schedule

Feel free to peruse the tentative schedule (pdf) for the Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios. Please note that this schedule is subject to change and may differ from the final event program. Check back closer to the event for the final program.

Schedule at a Glance


*All times listed are Eastern

10:00am -10:55am

Welcome and Opening Plenary

11:00am – 11:45am

Concurrent Sessions 1

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Concurrent Sessions 2

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Concurrent Sessions 3

2:00pm – 2:55pm

Midday Plenary Session

3:00pm – 3:45pm

Concurrent Sessions 4

4:00pm – 4:45pm

Concurrent Sessions 5

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Closing Plenary

International Journal of ePortfolio

AAC&U's International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP)—a double-blind, peer-reviewed, open access journal freely available online— will publish a special issue in Spring 2022. Please note that those accepted to present a session in the 13th Annual Open Learning and ePortfolio Forum will be invited to write a manuscript of 3,000-7,000 words on the information/research they present; 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, 2021. Information about IJeP manuscript expectations can be found here.

Submissions to IJeP are welcome from all interested individuals, regardless of participation in the Forum.