AAEEBL Southeast US eFolio Conference:
ePortfolios Focused On Learning
and Integrative Online Thinking
November 7-8, 2011
Speaker: Dr. Bret Eynon, Director of the
LaGuardia Center for Teaching and Learning and founding Director of
the Making Connections National Resource Center on Inquiry,
Reflection, and Integrative Education.
We encourage student attendance
and participation at the conference. Students may register for a
greatly reduced rate of $75.00 to cover expenses. Please send email David Marble
to register your student(s). (Note: The registration process for
students can not be accomplished on the regular registration site.)
The Jugbusters band will be joining us for the
(Photo copyright 2008 Cynthia Connolly)
Virginia Tech will host the AAEEBL
Southeast US eFolio conference in Blacksburg, VA. The AAEEBL
Southeast US eFolio conference serves to bring together eportfolio thinkers
from across the world to the Southeast region of the United States with an
opportunity to create community-generated portfolio scholarship.
Sponsored in part by the Electronic Campus of Virginia (ECVA), the
conference themes revolve around learning and integrative thinking.
Posing and answering questions are
critical reflective activities, which Rodgers (2002) explains: "The question
that a learner is able to formulate depends directly on the completeness and
complexity of the data or description that he or she has gathered and
generated” (p. 854). These data are made visible, according to Rodgers,
through the teacher’s ability to observe and be present to all that happens in
the classroom. Because electronic portfolios can make learning activities
and artifacts visible, they contribute to teachers’ abilities to be present to
student learning, which also helps teachers and students make connections
within and beyond the classroom. Through posing and answering questions
(reflecting) on the potential meanings of our experiences, we can begin to see
connections amongst our activities, both inside and outside of the
classrooms. Portfolio activities present moments for reflection,
opportunities to pose and answer questions about our experiences, and spaces to
draw connections across courses, programs, and professional communities.
The AAEEBL Southeast US eFolio Conference, ePortfolios Focused
On Learning and Integrative Online Thinking, offers
a place to be present to all of these opportunities, a place to come together
as a portfolio community to pose and answer our own questions about how to best
foster active learning, authentic reflections, and integrative thinking.
Conference activities are community-oriented:
- Two day-long series of
workshops, including sessions on:
- eportfolio adoption and
scale-up models for small and large institutions;
- open source and enterprise
- portfolio activities that
promote reflection and integrative thinking;
- digital storytelling;
- student-centered assessment
- connections between eLearning,
social networking, and digital citizenry and others.
- Experts from across the country
will lead these workshops, with plenty of time for dialogue and hands-on
- An open symposium of student
portfolios for viewing and discussion.
- Traditional opportunities for
presentations of scholarship.
Research & Practice Sessions
(45 minute sessions): Research & Practice
sessions offer the opportunity to present research and engage participants in
ePortfolio pedagogies. Presenters may focus a session entirely on the
presentation of research, or they may engage participants in the sharing and
modeling of portfolio activities.
(3 hour session): The student symposium provides an
opportunity for students to showcase portfolio activities or entire electronic
portfolios in an informal scholarly environment.