2023 Annual Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios
Reclaiming Liberal Education Through Innovative Practices that Advance Student Learning and Success
The Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios is cohosted by the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL, the association of ePortfolio professionals); AAC&U’s Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) initiative; and the International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP).
Join us on January 23, 2023, for the fully online Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios. This event is part of AAC&U’s Annual Meeting; however, registration for the Annual Meeting is not required to attend the Forum.
About the Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolio
AAC&U’s 14th Annual Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios will have a central focus this year on proven, innovative liberal education strategies that support and facilitate the goals of quality, equity, affordability, and access in higher education and serve to fully prepare students for life beyond graduation. 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, digital equity, 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 and success.
- A robust ePortfolio 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, as those proposals will receive additional weighting during the review process as will sessions which highlight the intersections between open learning and ePortfolios.
Robin DeRosaDirector, Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative, Plymouth State University
Teresa A. JohnsonHigh-Impact Curriculum Expert, Office of Undergraduate Education, The Ohio State University
Alex CamardelleDirector, Workforce Policy, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
|Monday, January 21|
|10:00 - 10:55 a.m.||Welcome and Opening Plenary|
|11:00 - 11:45 a.m.||Concurrent Sessions 1|
|12:00 - 12:45 p.m.||Concurrent Sessions 2|
|1:00 - 1:45 p.m.||Concurrent Sessions 3|
|2:00 - 2:55 p.m.||Midday Plenary Session|
|3:00 - 3:45 p.m.||Concurrent Sessions 4|
|4:00 - 4:45 p.m.||Concurrent Sessions 5|
|5:00 - 6:00 p.m.||Closing Plenary|
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, open educational resources, and digital equity. 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, the following:
- strategies and approaches which 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 to improve course quality
- strategies to ensure those without broadband, the latest technologies, and other resources are treated equitably in learning settings
- 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. In the spirit of reclaiming liberal education, our theme for this year’s ePortfolio Practice and Research track focuses on innovations across general education in which students are empowered to reclaim their voices and identities as they integrate learning via ePortfolios. Sessions in this track will address hands-on, practical applications of ePortfolios based upon first-hand experience 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, the following:
- how to use ePortfolios to help students integrate their learning experiences within a course, across a program, and across learning opportunities and life experiences, particularly innovations within and across general education that are focused on students’ integrative learning
- the effect of using ePortfolios 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, scaffolding learning development, and program improvement, as well as ePortfolio’s role as a high-impact practice
- professional development applications and uses, including faculty development towards 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
- emerging ePortfolio topics, such as digital ethics, storytelling through ePortfolios in times of crisis, and equity and inclusion
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 2023 featuring articles on ePortfolios as well as articles that highlight the intersection of ePortfolios and open learning. Please note that those accepted to present a session in the 14th Annual Forum on Open Learning and ePortfolios will be invited to write a 3,000-7,000 word 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 IJeP’s special issue is December 1, 2022. Information about IJeP manuscript expectations can be found here.
Submissions to IJeP are welcome from all interested individuals, regardless of participation in the Forum.