Resources from Sessions at AAC&U's 2012 E-Portfolio Forum

We thank the E-Portfolio Forum speakers who shared the following materials and web resources with us, and we invite everyone to learn more about their work.

Scroll down and look for the links (highlighted text) to PowerPoints and handouts from specific sessions.

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We hope to see you at AAC&U's 2013 Annual Meeting - January 23-26, 2013, in Atlanta.

About the E-Portfolio Forum
The E-Portfolio Forum will provide opportunities for individuals to explore e-portfolio technology, share promising practices with colleagues, and engage with e-portfolio experts. Whether you see yourself as a beginner, intermediate, or advanced participant, we invite your involvement in the Forum.


The E-Portfolio Forum is jointly sponsored by AAC&U’s project, VALUE: Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education; and the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL), the association of e-portfolio professionals.


2012 E-Portfolio Forum
Look What I Can Do: Reclaiming a Focus on Learning

Schedule at a Glance

8:15-9:30 am
Opening Plenary

Opening Plenary
A Stronger Prescription: Breaking the Spell of Courses, Credits, and Grades
The promise of ePortfolios is institutional attention to the personal, professional, and intellectual development of individual students. Yet they do not appear to be a sufficiently strong counterbalance to the deeply embedded course credit system that underlies and negatively controls academic practices in nearly every academic institution. Breaking the control of the credit system will require a stronger prescription: a model in which actual student learning outcomes become an academic currency for tracking student achievement, simultaneously individually and collectively, from the time students arrive until they leave. Within that new institutional context, ePortfolios will have their full positive effect. David Shupe, Chief Innovation Officer, eLumen Collaborative David Shupe power point presentation

9:45-10:45 am
Concurrent Sessions

Deep Learning Using ePortfolios for Course to Enterprise Transformation

Learning Portfolios and the International Student: Students Reflect on a Brave New World of Learning

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Gen Ed Assessment Using ePortfolios (But Were Afraid to Ask)
Faculty and assessment staff at Salt Lake Community College are developing answers to questions like this: What role can ePortfolios play in assessing General Education? Can ePortfolios be used simultaneously to assess Gen Ed and program outcomes? What is it like to examine an ePortfolio using a holistic Gen Ed rubric? What sort of institutional investment is needed to properly assess a sample of Gen Ed ePortfolios? The session will mix presentation with hands-on participation.
David Hubert, Professor of Political Science, and ePortfolio Director, Salt Lake Community College
General Education Assessment at Salt Lake Community College power point presentation
Salt Lake Community College’s Learning Outcomes pdf
Reflective Writing for SLCC Gen Ed ePortfolio pdf 
General Studies/General Education ePortfolio Holistic Assessment Rubric pdf 
“Content Development” in Three SLCC Written Communication Rubrics pdf
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Are There Non-Negotiable Core Features of Eportfolios? A Collaborative Exploration

Ensuring Excellence: Assessing the e-Portfolio Infrastructure for Deep Learning
Panelists will engage audience members in a rich discussion of strategies for moving beyond ePortfolio assumptions to document both successes and shortfalls from a technological, pedagogical, and assessment perspective.
Kathryne McConnell, Assistant Director, Academic Assessment, Peter Doolittle, Director, Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research, Mary Ann Lewis, Director, Office of First Year Experiences, Marc Zaldivar, Director, ePortfolio Initiatives, and C. Edward Watson, Associate Director, Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research—all of Virginia Tech
Ensuring Success power point presentation

Student Work Matters: A Student Centered Approach to e-Portfolio Implementation
This session is sponsored by Digication

Capturing the Foundations of Liberal Education Using Electronic Portfolios
Please join us to explore the use of ePortfolios as a means to assess a Liberal Education program.  We shall demonstrate how ePortfolios are used to assess student achievement of the Learning Goals at Westminster College.  We also highlight student use of presentation portfolios as a means of showcasing their achievements.
Peter Ingle, Director of the Learning Coalition, Westminster College; Todd Narrol, Assessment Advisor, Foliotek
This session is sponsored by Foliotek 
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11:00 am-12:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions

Documenting Learning with ePortfolios: A Stakeholders Approach
This interactive session will present an ePortfolio implementation framework operationalizing the eight critical issues for ePortfolios and student success (Chen and Penny Light, 2010) into an iterative process of defining learning outcomes, identifying and understanding learners and stakeholders, designing learning activities, informing assessment of student learning, using ePortfolio tools and technologies, and evaluating the impact of an ePortfolio initiative. Drawing upon selected case studies and the experiences of the audience, we plan to illustrate and role play the application of this framework from the perspective of various campus stakeholders.
Helen Chen, Research Scientist, Stanford University; Tracy Penny-Light, Assistant Professor, St. Jerome's University; John Ittelson, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Monterey Bay
Documenting Learning with ePortfolios: A Stakeholders Approach pdf

Connect to Learning:  Building a National ePortfolio Conversation -- Progress & Preliminary Findings

Paper to Pixels, Staples to Scroll Bars, and Loose-leaf to Links:  A Transition to ePortfolio

Fostering Civic Learning within ePortfolios
Whether you have been teaching service learning courses for years or are responsible for planning campus-wide service events, this session will help you be more intentional in promoting student civic growth and how you might assess the civic learning we all believe to be taking place. Attendees will come away with a suite of tools designed to help students critically reflect in ways that will help them articulate civic knowledge, values, and beliefs necessary to thrive in today’s global workplace.
Kristin Norris, Instructional Technology Specialist, and Robert Bringle, Executive Director of the Center for Service & Learning—both of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; William (Bill) Plater, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus, Indiana University

The Center for Service & Learning is happy to share assessment tools for application on your campus, provide additional information regarding reliability and validity, and keep you posted on updates and changes to the instruments. If you are interested in using these on your campus, please email Kristin Norris ( so that we can track usage and provide you with updates.
Fostering Civic Learning within ePortfolios power point presentation
IUPUI Civic-Minded Graduate Scale narrative
Learning Outcomes for the Civic-Minded Graduate 
Narrative Sub-Prompts 
Selected Resources Rubric for Civic-Minded Graduate Narrative

Current ePortfolio Research Methodologies and Findings:  Highlights from theInternational Journal of ePortfolio

12:30-1:45 pm

Overview of the International Journal of ePortfolio

Overview of the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL)

Luncheon Plenary:
Getting There From Here: Holistic Approaches for ePortfolio Adoption

2:00-3:00 pm 
Concurrent Sessions

A Tale of Two Community Colleges: Successful Implementation of ePortfolio in Pre-licensure Nursing Programs

Guiding First-Year Students to be Critical Consumers of the Media

Making Learning Visible: Comprehensive Assessment with ePortfoliosStarting in 2007, the community of learners at Boston University has been developing a comprehensive assessment system using e-Portfolios to document the process and products of student learning. So far 7500 users in seven colleges at the university have adopted e-Portfolios. The BU e-Portfolios include student work using multi-media formats, as well as student reflections on selected artifacts, writings, movies, art, graphics, posters, etc, providing “a window into the learner’s mind and diverse abilities”. 
Evangeline Harris Stefanakis, Associate Professor, Director of Making Learning Visible, and Natalie McKnight, Associate Dean of College of General Studies—both of Boston University
Making Learning Visible power point presentation

How the University of Nebraska Went from “Problematic” to “Excellent” with Its Gen Ed Assessment 
Spurred by a visit from HLC in 2008, the University of Nebraska at Kearney transformed its General Studies program to be more outcomes-oriented. The university quickly met the challenge to assess general education, building off the work of the AAC&U VALUE initiative. The verdict? HLC commended the university for the excellent progress it has made. See how UNK uses TaskStream e-portfolios to advance its general education assessment. 
Dara Wexler, Education Solutions Specialist, TaskStream 
This session is sponsored by TaskStream

How the University of Nebraska Went from “Problematic” to “Excellent” with Its Gen Ed Assessment power point presentation

iWebfolio: Drexel Students Move to the Next Level with ePortfolios
This session is sponsored by Nuventive

3:15-4:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions

We Make the Road by Walking It: Integrating Learning and Generating Lifelong Knowledge in Different Institutional Contexts

Campus Strategies for ePortfolio Diffusion           
It’s easy to underestimate the extent to which ePortfolios represent changed ways of thinking about teaching and learning. Campuses may thus require several trials before discovering the implementation path best suited to their needs. Using IUPUI’s sometimes painful experience as a case study, this session will examine possible campus strategies for implementing ePortfolios, engaging participants in active discussion of our lessons and theirs to help identify new or additional opportunities for success.
Susan Kahn, Director, ePortfolio Initiative, and Director, and Susan Scott, Coordinator, ePortfolio Initiative, and Assistant Director—both of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Campus Strategies for ePortfolio Diffusion power point presentation

Developing ePortfolio Literacy for Lifelong Learning
Participants will engage in discussion around the topic of the skills learners need to have to use electronic portfolio to develop deep knowledge. The discussion will be framed by a presentation of ePortfolio communities of practice that illustrate how students enrolled in a college writing studies program as first-year students and then in a capstone course for graduating seniors develop a range of increasingly advanced skills empowering them to continue learning beyond their formal education.
Paul Treuer, Associate Professor and Director, Knowledge Management Center, and Jill Jenson, Associate Professor and Head, Writing Studies—both of the University of Minnesota Duluth
Developing ePortfolio Literacy for Lifelong Learners power point presentation
University of Minnesota Duluth Rubric of ePortfolio Literacies handout

Using Electronic Learning Portfolios across Disciplines in the LeBow College of Business to Transform Undergraduate Curriculum

Finding What You Never Lost: Studying Engagement and Identity in Professional Portfolios 

4:30-5:00 pm
Closing Plenary

The Education Leadership Commons: Transitioning from e-Portfolios to an Educational Positioning System