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2011 Western U.S. Conference
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A Life of Learning:

ePortfolios for Education and Beyond

February 28 - March 1, 2011

The AAEEBL Western ePortfolio Conference will be hosted by Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah and is co-sponsored by AAEEBL, AAC&U and Westminster College.

The focus of this conference will be on practical uses of ePortfolios for life long learning and employment. Westminster College has been using electronic portfolios for ten years and has been involved in lifelong use of eportfolios, a priority not only for the college but for the State of Utah.

The Western Region of AAEEBL serves colleges and universities in the Intermountain and Western states. This conference will provide time for organizing and networking in order to build the regional chapter.


Program for AAEEBL Western Regional Conference

A Life of Learning: Eportfolios for Education and Beyond

Westminster College

Monday, February 28, 2011

8:15 - 9:00 Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00

Welcome from Westminster College President Michael Bassis

Opening Plenary

How Others are Using Portfolios; How You Can Use Portfolios; And Why They are Vital to Education

Trent Batson, Executive Director, AAEEBL

"The proportion of institutions offering ePortfolio services for their students has more than tripled in seven years, rising from 13.5% in 2003 to 45% in 2010 (and up from 34.9% in 2007)." Kenneth C. Green

How and why are portfolios re-shaping the educational paradigm world-wide? Learn how others in higher education are using electronic portfolios, and consider exemplars (based on AAEEBL’s survey).

Trent Batson

10:15 – 11:45

The Evolution of Format: How Different Media Types Inform the Way We Think about Teaching and Learning

Kerri Carter

Westminster College

Design Principles for Eportfolio Implementation

David Hubert

Salt Lake Community College

Showcasing the Special Needs Student through Eportfolios

John McGroarty

Westminster College

11:45 – 12:00

12:00 – 1:30

Luncheon and Keynote: Helen Barrett

Is the Future of Eportfolios in Your Pocket?: mPortfolios for Lifelong Learning

"We are implementing portfolio-like processes throughout our lives, regardless of technology or tools:

  • collection
  • selection
  • reflection
  • direction
  • presentation
  • feedback
  • evaluation

Look at the way that technology supports those processes: digitizing/archiving, hyper-linking/embedding, storytelling, collaborating, publishing, aggregating. We need to help students develop lifelong skills that will last after they graduate. If students are using "world ware" (tools in use it the world) then they are developing skills that can be applied in the "real world" outside of formal education. We should also look at how students are naturally using technology in their lives: social networking, mobile communications, capturing and storing images, audio and video, etc. We could build on the tools that students are already using... and look at the intrinsic motivation factors that drive the use of social networking, and apply those factors to the ePortfolio environment: autonomy, mastery and purpose (thanks to Dan Pink's book, Drive). We are looking at a future that is well integrated with mobile devices. I will share my current research focusing on the application of mobile devices (iOS and Android) to support ePortfolio development across the lifespan." -- Helen Barrett, Ph.D.

Helen Barrett

2:00 – 2:50

A Traditionalist Case for Eportfolios

Gary Daynes

Westminster College

Implementing Eportfolios throughout First-Year and Upper Division Curricula Using Google Sites

David Goldstein, Linda Watts, Jerelyn Resnick

University of Washington, Bothell

Portfolios as a Job Search Tool

Gail Avendano, Steve Hurlbut

Westminster College

Virtual Group Eportfolio Projects

Deidre Tyler

Salt Lake Community College

3:00 – 3:50

Learning Goals, Portfolios and Assessment: You’ve Got to Start Somewhere

Gail Avendano, Steve Hurlbut

Westminster College

The Medium is the Outcome: Connecting General Education Outcomes through Eportoflios at Salt Lake Community College

Kati Lewis, Lisa Bickmore, Jason Pickavance

Salt Lake Community College

Evaluating Portfolio Artifacts as Evidence of Practice

Craig Shepherd, Michael Hannafin

University of Wyoming

Migrating to e-portfolios: One School’s Journey with Foliotek

Robert Shaw, Shamby Polychronis

Westminster College

4:00 – 5:00

Reception hosted by Foliotek – Todd Narrol

Foliotek Logo

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

8:00 – 9:00

Welcome breakfast and introductions

Peter Ingle, Westminster College

Westminster College logo

9:00 – 10:30

Panel Discussion

Transitions from K-12 to Higher Education: Eportfolios and Admissions

10:45 – 12:30

Panel Discussion

Transitions from Higher Education to Work: Eportfolios and Employment

12:30 – 1:30

Closing Plenary

Fad or Foundation: Are e-Portfolios Academic Facebooks?

Terrel Rhodes, Vice President for the Office of Quality, Curriculum and Assessment, Association of American Colleges and Universities

Technology continues to evolve and accelerate to the joy and consternation of ourselves and our colleagues. As a medium for students to engage in reflection on their learning; for faculty to challenge students to achieve deeper, more complex learning; and for capturing and demonstrating the robust, nuanced achievements of our students, e-portfolios have arrived in a major way. How do we integrate the medium into the academic mainstream of liberal learning while adapting the best of social networking for participation in a global higher education landscape?

Terrel Rhodes

2:00 – 4:00

First meeting of Western Region of AAEEBL – All interested are welcome and invited to join the meeting to discuss, among other things, next year's conference.

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