The ePortfolio Field Coming of Age:
Knowledge, Research and Practice
July 29 - August 1,
Hynes Convention Center
Boston, MA USA
Full Conference Program
Plenary, Special and Sponsored Session Speakers for 2013
Still to come:
Boston travel resources; Ignite information; Poster Session information.
Information -- New for 2013!
The 2013 Conference will
feature a change in venue from the first three AAEEBL Annual Conferences.
In 2013, for the first time, we will gather in the heart of Boston at the Hynes
Convention Center and Sheraton Hotel. This location offers proximity to
many of Boston's attractions and provides a wide array of more options in terms
of lodging and dining.
AAEEBL 2013 ePortfolio Conference
AAEEBL is fundamentally
about learning, about learning within a new paradigm. AAEEBL is also
identified with eportfolios since AAEEBL sees eportfolios as the enabler of
this new learning paradigm.
Culturally, within the
world of education, we are now experiencing a profound shift from a
teacher-centered learning paradigm that emphasizes information delivery and
learner receptivity to learning models that acknowledge ever-evolving knowledge
structures and innovation. While a traditional classroom structure made
sense when knowledge was relatively stable and when the economy was largely a
production (industrial) economy, there is a need to rethink ways in which
knowledge is both constructed and conveyed to learners. AAEEBL advocates
for a learning culture that supports deeper and more adaptable learning.
Since 21st century
knowledge is not static, and our economy is increasingly dependent on
innovative learners who can adapt to change, individuals must become active
participants in their own learning. To succeed in life, they must
constantly apply what they've learned to develop novel solutions that address
challenges and solve problems. It is essential that they fundamentally
understand how to continue their learning and relearning throughout their
lives. Therefore it is a requirement today that learners from all entry
points - schools and workplaces -- acquire deeper engagement in their own
learning as well as a heightened sense of responsibility for their own role as
active learners preparing to constructively advance the future.
We need learning
paradigms that encourage reflection and connection-making, that lead beyond
traditional factual surface-learning to deeper nuances that are relevant and
meaningful to individual learners' lives, relationships and careers.
AAEEBL's purpose is to advance the movement from information-delivery,
teaching-centered practices to learning methodologies that promote personal and
social engagement. AAEEBL works to shepherd both classroom and life-long
learning transitions and emphasizes greater learner agency. AAEEBL's
commitment is to deepen learning and to transform institutions with
Our 2013 conference will
serve as a gathering space for shared collective knowledge about how we, as a
scholarly community and as a community of practice, answer questions posed
through roughly 10 years of experience. What do we know about
eportfolios? What do we know about eportfolio research? What do we
know about best practices with eportfolios? What do we know about the
integration of technology into teaching and learning? What have we
learned about assessment and the role eportfolios play? How do we know
what we know about eportfolios? What documentation do we have to validate
what we know? Where do we need to go from here with both research and
practice to further the implementation of eportfolios in the service of
learners? What has eportfolio use taught us about learning?
AAEEBL invites session
proposals for The ePortfolio Field Coming of Age: Knowledge, Research and
Practice. This three-and-a-half day gathering of the world eportfolio
community will feature:
one hundred concurrent and interactive sessions
for 2013: Ignite Sessions – Present 20 slides timed to be 20 seconds each
(20 x 20 design) -- to ignite ideas and spark conversations. (Note:
Description change in designation for this format, formerly designated as
a "Pecha Kucha” session. For more information about Ignite sessions, see http://igniteshow.com/.)
choice of full- and half-day workshops on Monday (all formally invited by
In addition, thanks to
our sponsor, eLumen, we will be hosting our third Executive Summit on
Monday afternoon, and we will learn from six plenary speakers, all
leaders in the international eportfolio community. The exhibit hall,
where we co-locate with Campus Technology, will feature educational technology
vendors, many of whom are AAEEBL Corporate Affiliates.
AAEEBL 2013 ePortfolio
The eportfolio community
is a major global learning movement. The use of electronic portfolios, as
learning spaces, is roughly in its tenth year and, in honor of this
anniversary, the 2013 Annual AAEEBL Conference in Boston highlights the phrase
"Coming of Age." Therefore, this CFP invites proposals about using
eportfolios to encourage deeper, learner-centered practices. Conference tracks
represent a wide array of possibilities for sharing and discussing the full
range of eportfolio topics from start-ups to the latest innovations:
Teaching and Learning with ePortfolios
ePortfolios, Employability and Support of Change
and Scholarship: Evaluating and Documenting the Effectiveness of
Using ePortfolios to Learn about Student Learning
Start-Ups: First Steps and Beyond
New? Open Learning and Alternative Credentialing for ePortfolios
- Every session leader, regardless of session format, is
expected to register for the conference.
Registration for the Annual Conference is not handled through AAEEBL
and will open around March 15. (Even though AAEEBL does not handle
registration, there is always a way for you to get in touch with AAEEBL if
you have questions. Contact information will be posted on the
registration page and also on these conference pages here at the AAEEBL
of session leaders, Corporate Affiliate facilitators and session conveners
will appear in the 2013 Program. (The
program will also include a comprehensive list with logos for all AAEEBL
Corporate Affiliates.) We hope that session conveners will join us
from both academic institutions and industry.
submitting your proposal you are doing so with reasonable assurance for
conference organizers that you will be present to lead your session given
proposal acceptance. Cancellation policies are established by
conference planners (1105 Media), not by AAEEBL.
- Technology available:
All session rooms have a video projector, a microphone or microphones, and
wireless Internet Access. Important: You must supply your own dongle
if you use a Macintosh computer to connect to the VGA cable from the
projector. Plan accordingly.
- If you plan to have your session attendees engage in a
50-minute workshop session using wireless, you must specify your
plans in your proposal since we will need to add an access point to the
room you are assigned to.
fees for the conference include an early-bird discount applicable to all
registrants plus a substantial
discount of $200 per person for the first three registrants from AAEEBL
member institutions, up to a total discount of $600. (Please note:
AAEEBL member benefits differ from AAEEBL Corporate Affiliate
opportunities.) Online registration will be available in March,
- AAEEBL membership is advantageous at conference time,
whether it's the annual conference or other AAEEBL conferences.
Institutional members receive significant discounts on registration.
Savings on conference registrations can either completely cover, or
greatly offset the cost of joining and supporting AAEEBL with
institutional membership. Learn more about AAEEBL membership for your
- All invited 50- and 25-minute session leaders will be
asked to provide a 50-word bio for volunteer conveners to use in making
session introductions. This request will arrive along with
notification of acceptance. It is important to follow instructions
for response in that email. Adherence to the deadline is imperative
because our volunteer conveners need concise information for introducing
you and your session. (Note: Using a Google site or a Google doc
may provide an easy option for sharing this needed information.
Please do not send URLs for Linked-In resumes or social media sites.) We
appreciate your cooperation on behalf of our conveners as we endeavor to
save them time and decrease the complexity of their task.
- Important Post-Conference Action Item: All conference session leaders are requested to share
with the eportfolio community. Copies of PowerPoint presentations,
handouts, URLs, PDFs or other materials will be included on an AAEEBL
Annual Conference resource page in order to add to the eportfolio
community’s knowledge base. Poster presenters may submit photos of
their posters along with documents that include the poster's text if it is
not clearly visible in the photo. Prezi and Pecha Kucha presenters
are also encouraged to submit presentations. We understand that
presenters may not be ready to share their materials two weeks in advance
of the Conference, so we invite all presenters to share their materials
within a two-week window after the conference by emailing them to
Contact: Judy Williamson Batson.