Global Digital Positioning System: E-Portfolios in a Digital Age


The Forum on Digital Learning and E-Portfolios will focus on both the research on engaging students through digital learning and e-portfolios, as well as lessons learned regarding the implementation, development, and flourishing of digital learning and e-portfolios. 

AAC&U is delighted to be joined again by the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) and the International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP) as co-sponsors of the Forum.  


SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 8:00-8:45 AM
Opening Plenary

Developing Liberal Learners in a Digital Age

Candace Thille, Senior Research Fellow for Online Learning, Stanford University, and Founding Director of the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University


SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 9:00-9:45 AM
Concurrent Sessions

Communicating the Power and Promise of ePortfolios
Christopher Sheehan, Instructional Technologist / Designer, Arizona State University; Steven D. Cohen, Assistant Professor of Communication, University of Baltimore; Helen Chen, Director of ePortfolo Initiatives and Research Scientist, Stanford University; G. Alex Ambrose, Digital Learning Research Scientist & ePorfolio Assessment Director, Notre Dame


A Qualitative Look at ePortfolio Reflection
Susan Scott, Assistant Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Cynthia Landis, Graduate Research Assistant, and Susan Kahn, Director of Institutional Effectiveness—all of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Session slides available here

Centering on Student Learning: Bridging the ‘Gap’ between Assessment and Student Learning with E-Portfolios
Linda Siefert, Director of General Education Assessment, Lea Bullard, Assistant Director of General Education Assessment, and Cara Cilano, Professor of English—all of University of North Carolina Wilmington


E-Portfolios at the Crossroads
Robert Squillace, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Liberal Studies, and Nick Likos, Chief Information Officer, for The Gallatin School of Individualized Study—both of New York University


Using ePortfolios to Assess Applied and Collaborative Learning in an Intensive Summer Program for Community College Students
Karen Singer-Freeman, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Linda Bastone, Chair, School of Natural and Social Sciences—both of Purchase College, State University of New York


Engaging Faculty across the Institution in General Education Portfolio Assessment

Danette Ifert Johnson, Vice Provost for Academic Programs, Ithaca College
This session is sponsored by Taskstream 


SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 10:00-11:00 AM
Plenary Session

Innovation, Creativity, and the Equity Imperative

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President, The University of Maryland, Baltimore County


SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 11:15-12:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions

Selecting an ePortfolio Platform: Balancing Stakeholder Needs, Purposes, and Cultures
Susan Kahn, Director, ePortfolio Initiative, and Director, and Susan Scott, ePortfolio Coordinator and Assistant Director—both of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, IUPUI

Session slides available here

Using Portfolios as a Pathfinder through the Forest
Gail Luera, Associate Professor of Science Education, and Tiffany Marra, Adjunct Faculty, College of Education, Health and Human Services—both of University of Michigan-Dearborn

Session slides available here

Campus-wide Adoption of E-portfolios:  First Steps
Dennis Nef, Associate Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Susan Nef, Part time Faculty/Librarian, Vernon Creviston, Lecturer, History and  First Year Experience, and Michelle Den Beste, Professor and Chair, Department of History—all of the California State University, Fresno


Effective ePortfolios:  Engagement, Best Practices and Continual Improvement
Stephanie Lehman, Assessment Analyst, Point Loma Nazarene University


Designing E-Portfolios to Enhance Liberal Learning: Overcoming Technological and Institutional Challenges
Henry Kreuzman, Dean for Curriculum and Academic Engagement, Alison Schmidt, Professor of Education, Matthew Broda, Associate Professor of Education, and Isaac Parker, Student (Class 2015) Computer Science Major—all of The College of Wooster


Using Chalk & Wire’s ‘Core ValidityTM’ Reporting Tools—Gen Ed Outcomes In the Classroom and Cross-Campus

Thelma Seyferth, Director of Research and Systems Analysis, Chalk & Wire Learning Assessment, Inc.; Lori Kanitz, Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Cultural Studies, Oral Roberts University
This session is sponsored by Chalk & Wire


SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 12:15-1:30 PM
Luncheon Plenary

Life Isn't a Textbook

José Antonio Bowen, President, Goucher College, and author of Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning 


SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 1:45-2:30 PM
Concurrent Sessions


Forging Critical Connections:  Putting Mentoring at the Heart of a Large-Scale ePortfolio Rollout
Daniel Terry, Director of ePortfolio, Jacqueline Lambiase, Director of Strategic Communication, Bob Schieffer College of Communication, Barbara Herman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, David Whillock, Dean of Bob Schieffer College of Communication—all of Texas Christian University


Realize Your Goal: ePortfolios to Track Students’ Path To Program Goal Fulfillment
Lucas Regner, Coordinator of Faculty Technology Initiatives,  Laura March, Online Learning Trainer & Curriculum Designer, Michael Manson, Director of Honors Program, and Michael Youngborg, Honors Counselor—all of American University


ePortfolio Effectiveness: A Tool for Accessing and Utilizing the Evidence
Jessica Chittum, Graduate Student, and Jacquelyn McCarthy Woodyard, Graduate Student—both of Virginia Tech; and Lauren Bryant, Research Scholar, North Carolina State University


A New Research Model for Defining the Distinctive Features of E-Portfolios: The Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research Design Process
Darren Cambridge, Director of Policy Research and Development, National Council of Teachers of English; Kathleen Yancey, Professor of English, Florida State University; and Barbara Cambridge, Professor of English Emerita, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis


ePortfolio Learning: Establishing Shared Pathways with Community Colleges
Michael Kolb, Associate Vice Provost, Michael Day, Professor of English, and Chris Parker, Associate Vice Provost of Student Outcomes Assessment—all of Northern Illinois University; Robert McCord, Instructor of English, McHenry County College

Session slides available here 
Handout: The Illinois Regional ePortfolio Partnership (IREP)

Moving Learning Forward: e-Portfolios for Student and Institutional Growth

Robert Budnik, CoFounder, LiveText; Stephanie Lehman, Assessment Analyst, Point Loma Nazarene University
This session is sponsored by LiveText


SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2:45-3:30 PM
Concurrent Sessions

How E-Portfolios Can Make The “Path” to Teaching and Learning Easier
MaryLynn Manns, Professor, Management, University of North Carolina at Asheville


Developing Effective ePortfolios to Promote Student Engagement throughout the Study Abroad Experience
Nicholas Russo, Assistant Dean, Joseph Stanfiel, Assistant Dean, and Collin Meissner, Assistant Dean—all of the University of Notre Dame


Getting to Yes: Turning Skeptical Faculty Into Eportfolio Champions
Quinn Koller, Director, Academic Assessment & Program Review, and Maureen Andrade, Associate Vice-President of Academic Affairs—both of Utah Valley University


ePortfolios: An Extended Critique Space as a High-Impact Practice
Jim Frank, Professor Communications and Media, and Christine Dehne, Associate Professor Communications and Media—both of Manhattanville College


Drinking from a Fire Hose – Deploying a University-Wide Eportfolio
Dave Dannenberg, Director and Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology, The University of Alaska Anchorage, with Moderator Jeffrey Yan, Co-Founder & CEO of Digication
This session is sponsored by Digication


SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2:45-4:30 PM

Catalyst for Learning: ePortfolio Professional Development Strategies for Success
Bret Eynon, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, LaGuardia Community College–City University of New York; Laura Gambino, Professor, Faculty Scholar for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, Stella and Charles Guttman Community College; Susan Kahn, Director, Director, IUPUI ePortfolio Initiative, IUPUI; Gail Matthews-DeNatale, Senior Fellow, Graduate Programs in Education, Northeastern University; and Alison Carson, Professor of Psychology, Manhattanville College


SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 3:45-4:30 PM
Concurrent Sessions

From Chaos to Connections: How Life-Health Sciences Interns Create Meaning with Portfolios
Brandi Gilbert, Director of Life-Health Sciences Internship Program, and John Fierst, Student Services Assistant of Life-Health Sciences Internship Program—both of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Link to session Prezi 
Session handout available here

Developing a Pathway for an Institution-wide E-Portfolio Program

Melissa Feuer, Executive Director of Student Engagement, College of Professional Studies; Margaret Plack, Professor of Physical Therapy and Health Care Sciences, School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Laurie Posey, Director of Instructional Design and Assistant Professor, School of Nursing; Anne Scammon, Managing Director of Curricular and Strategic Initiatives, Center for Career Services; Robert Snyder, Executive Director of Planning and Outreach, Division of Student Affairs; and Andrew Wiss, Director of Online Learning, Milken Institute School of Public Health—all of George Washington University


Truly, Madly, Deeply Learning Centred:  A Closer Look at PebblePad

Shane Sutherland, PebblePad Founder; Gail Ring, Director ePortfolio Program, Clemson University
This session is sponsored by PebblePad


SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 4:45-5:15 PM
Closing Plenary

Equity in the Digital Learning/E-Portfolio World of Higher Education:  Where We Are and Where We Are Going

Trent Batson, Executive Director, Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL); C. Edward Watson, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Georgia and Co-Executive Editor, International Journal of ePortfolio; and Terrel Rhodes, Vice President, Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment, AAC&U


REGISTRATION NOTE:  Annual Meeting registrants can participate in sessions for Saturday morning’s Forum on Digital Learning and E-Portfolios at no additional cost; additional registration and fee is required for the luncheon and afternoon presentations. Those who are not attending the full Annual Meeting can register for the Saturday Forum as a separate event.