November 30th, 2011
was busy: AAEEBL Conference at Virginia Tech in early November and then,
a week later, the Eportfolio Conference at the University of Education in
Attendees in Freiburg were from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein,
the UK, and Finland (and of course the U. S.). We had around 50 people in
attendance, which was considered a successful number in the European
context. I was fortunate enough to co-keynote with Janet Strivens of the
UK, representing the Centre for Recording Achievement in Wigan, England, with
which AAEEBL is affiliated.
Concerns in the German-speaking region of Europe are similar to concerns we are
familiar with in the U. S.: how can eportfolios support a more engaging
learning design? how can a university implement an eportfolio
initiative? how does one assess a capstone eportfolio? And so on.
The eportfolio community is truly international in that we share similar
enthusiasm and similar awareness of issues.
I hope there will be a conference in the same region next year; AAEEBL is
willing to co-sponsor once again. Meanwhile, many thanks to Gerd Braeuer
at the University in Freiberg (who is also on the Program Committee for the
Boston Conference this year and was on the plenary international panel this
past July). He succeeded in creating a splendid conference.