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Global Eportfolio Communty -- report from Freiburg

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013

November 30th, 2011

November was busy: AAEEBL Conference at Virginia Tech in early November and then, a week later, the Eportfolio Conference at the University of Education in Freiburg, Germany.

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.

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