2020/2021 Institute on ePortfolios
A New Institute Model
In January 2020, AAC&U, in collaboration with AAEEBL and NASPA, is launching a new Institute on ePortfolios, and a new Institute model. The Institute on ePortfolios provides a year-long engagement opportunity for campus and/or state system teams seeking to actualize an ambitious strategy to broaden student engagement with ePortfolios. The new model directly engages the ePortfolio Institute teams throughout an academic year via in-person and virtual interactions as participants’ ePortfolio implementation plans are put into practice.
Designed for those seeking to instantiate ePortfolios beyond a single course or major, this institute will help teams of faculty, staff, and administrators design and implement ePortfolio processes and technologies in large scale adoptions. Campuses and/or systems considering ePortfolios for general education purposes or to capture the full range of the undergraduate student experience would be among those ideally suited for this institute. This institute also represents an opportunity for a campus to develop formal collaborations between academic and student affairs in the service of student learning and success.
The inaugural Institute on ePortfolios will begin in July 2020. The 2020 AAEEBL Annual Meeting will kick-off the Institute activities and events. Utilizing the ePortfolio Implementation Framework (Penny Light, Chen & Ittelson, 2012), participating teams will design their own implementation plan for bridging curricular and/or co-curricular learning with ePortfolios. Institute faculty will serve as partners for campus plan development. Campus teams can expect consultative opportunities to interact with Institute faculty virtually throughout the Fall and Spring terms as their plan progresses and is implemented. In January 2021, AAC&U’s Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios will provide an opportunity for ePortfolio Institute teams to reconvene face-to-face with select Institute faculty to examine implementation progress and challenges. The 2021 AAEEBL Annual Meeting will host closing activities and events.
Who Should Attend?
The Institute on ePortfolios is designed for any campus, system, or consortium engaged in redesigning learning for students using ePortfolios. Attendees can be at any stage in the process of thinking through ePortfolio approaches and issues emerging from their respective needs and circumstances. Teams should include a diverse set of colleagues and may include a senior academic officer, faculty members, learning technologies professionals, and/or student affairs leaders. Your team may also include assessment and curriculum specialists and others with logical and active roles in advancing ePortfolios, student learning, and student success on campus. Although not restricted, a typical team minimum size would consist of five individuals.