How did AAEEBL get started?
ePortfolio community leaders recognized in 2008 that eportfolios, as a technology, and as a body of theory and of practice, had emerged as a promising influence and direction for education. As such, we decided that the eportfolio movement needed its own professional association to catalyze the implementation of eportfolios in education. We deeply believed in the value of eportfolios for learning, assessment and life-long career success. Members of the global eportfolio community formed AAEEBL in 2009 to serve educators and the growing eportfolio industry.
What is AAEEBL’s mission?
Our mission is to develop learners and to transform institutions with eportfolios. We accomplish this by serving the global eportfolio community as a non-profit, professional association that offers benefits to institutional members and Corporate Affiliates.
What does AAEEBL offer?
A service organization for the eportfolio community, AAEEBL offers:
- an annual international eportfolio conference
- eportfolio community connections
- online eportfolio resources
- three regional US conferences (Western, Northeast and Southeast) with more to be added in 2013
- consulting and referrals for members
- a bi-monthly newsletter, The AAEEBL Learner
- opportunities for members to serve on committees for professional development and service to the eportfolio community
- eportfolio research and dissemination of research findings
- strategic leadership in the eportfolio field
What is AAEEBL’s reach?
With affiliations and collaborations among a wide array of world-wide eportfolio initiatives, projects and organizations, AAEEBL helps delineate the new field of eportfolio scholarship and research. Its offices are located in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, USA.
How is AAEEBL governed?
A Board of Directors oversees AAEEBL’s activities and serves as a governing board. Members of this board include prominent leaders in the field of eportfolio implementation, publication and research.
Who supports AAEEBL?
In order to provide services to the eportfolio community, AAEEBL relies on support from institutional memberships, from Corporate Affiliates, and from grants. AAEEBL is proud to be affiliated with LaGuardia Community College’s Connect to Learning, FIPSE grant partnership.
What benefits does AAEEBL offer to members?
Among the most valuable benefits AAEEBL offers to members are ways to belong to, connect to and participate in the larger eportfolio community. Paid membership directly makes it possible for AAEEBL to continue to offer and to expand services. In addition to those important but somewhat intangible benefits, AAEEBL offers significant discounts for conference registration at its Annual Conference and at its three regional conferences.
How do we join AAEEBL?
Institutional membership is $800 a year. Members are able to serve on AAEEBL committees and get more fully involved in activities that support their professional development. Members are kept informed about the latest news in eportfolio practice, theory and research. It is possible to join AAEEBL by going to the membership page.
Who leads AAEEBL? In addition to guidance from the Board of Directors and volunteer efforts from many committed eportfolio leaders throughout the world, AAEEBL is staffed by two full-time employees and a part-time CPA who manages finances.
Trent Batson has been a national educational technology leader since 1985 when he received an Annenberg/CPB Projects grant for a university consortium project. In 1989, he received an EDUCAUSE annual award and he has also received grants from the US Department of Education, The Boeing Corporation, IBM, the Information Technology Association of America, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Trent’s background includes 30 years as an English professor and a variety of academic technology positions. Before launching AAEEBL, he worked at MIT’s Office of Educational Innovation and Technology. He now serves as the president/CEO of AAEEBL.
Judy Williamson Batson offers an eclectic background to AAEEBL with both academic and communications credentials. Her career path has included work as an accredited public relations practitioner as well as a college teacher and administrator. Co-director for the Epiphany Project in the 1990s, she helped college instructors make the shift from chalkboards to computer screens in their classrooms. Judy has taught writing, literature and educational technology. At Brown University’s Institute for Elementary and Secondary Education her focus was on a wide range of technology and literacy initiatives from local to international levels. Judy serves AAEEBL as vice president in roles that include editing, communications, project work, community-building and organizational development.
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