2021 Institute on ePortfolios
UPDATE: The start of the Institute has been postponed to January 2021 (see below for details). Applications must be received by September 17, 2020 (The deadline has been extended to accommodate campus requests in this time of uncertainty). Notifications will be sent by October 1, 2020. While we are currently planning to kick off the institute in Seattle, we will be prepared to pivot to a virtual event should the current public health emergency persist.
A New Institute Model
In January 2021, 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 the 2021 calendar 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 was scheduled to begin in July 2020, but due to COVID-19 and the cancelation of the 2020 AAEEBL Annual Meeting, the launch of this Institute has been moved to January 2021 and will be co-located with AAC&U's 2021 Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios. 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 Spring and Fall terms as their plan progresses and is implemented. In July 2021, AAEEBL's 2021 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah will provide an opportunity for ePortfolio Institute teams to reconvene face-to-face with select Institute faculty to examine implementation progress and challenges. AAC&U's 2022 Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios in January of that year will be located in Washington, DC and will host closing activities and events for the Institute.
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.