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2012 Annual ePortfolio Conference
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July 16-19, 2012

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Seaport World Trade Center


Overview: For the third year, AAEEBL members and eportfolio practitioners from around the world will gather at the Seaport World Trade Center on stunning Boston Harbor for the AAEEBL Annual Conference. Once again, AAEEBL is co-locating with Campus Technology, and attendees will be welcome to attend either AAEEBL or CT sessions. Highlights:

  • This year we will hold our first AAEEBL members' meeting.
  • All keynote sessions will be interactive, not "just talks."
  • Concurrent session rooms will be set up in the round, not in ranks to encourage participation.
  • In keeping with the participatory nature of this conference, we'll feature poster sessions positioned with a special refreshment set-up to encourage interaction.
  • By popular demand, "conversations with..." sessions will return presenting opportunities for informal discussion with featured speakers and other eportfolio leaders.
  • Keynoters will focus on fundamental issues related to learning and influencing policy-makers in education.
  • Our local arrangements institution will be Tufts University.

Featured Speakers

  • Peter Elbow, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. "Technology, Writing and Spoken Language" --an interactive, experiential workshop looking at the way technology moves writing closer to spoken language and why that is a good thing-- Monday workshop 8:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Todd Zakrajsek, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. "Overcoming Apathy and Creating Excitement in the Classroom" --With a foundation from educational psychology and cognitive neuroscience, this session will demonstrate and explain how instructors can make classroom learning a more meaningful experience for students.
  • Gillie Bolton, "Reflective and Reflexive Writing to Inspire ePortfolios" --Attendees at this plenary talk will learn the secrets of the vital creative role of writing in reflection and reflexivity and the connection to eportfolios.
  • Barbara Cambridge, National Council of Teachers of English, Washington, DC -- "ePortfolios for Individual and Common Good: Personal and Political Power"
  • John Richards, Harvard Graduate School of Education -- "Taking Student Work Seriously: The Return of K-12 Portfolios" -- ePortfolios must be more than digital repositories, Google docs, and PowerPoint presentations. For eportfolios to make a difference in teaching and learning, they must be a part of the content curriculum. This presentation takes a look at some eportfolio examples, and the dynamics for making them effective.
  • Lisa Gray-- Programme Manager, e-Learning, JISC, UK -- "From Challenge to Change: A Journey of ePortfolio Developments in the UK." --Since 2002,JISC, a UK body funded to enhance the use of technology in higher and further education, has been exploring the use of eportfolio processes, pedagogies, tools, and technologies in a range of learning contexts. This presentation will showcase findings and key resources emerging from this body of work.

Read more about the featured speakers here. 

Monday Workshops -- July 16 


Who should attend?

CIOs, provosts, deans, educators, faculty leaders, eportfolio managers, technology directors, assessment leaders, faculty development staff, teaching and learning center staff, and librarians among others.

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