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AAEEBL Conference on Learning, Metacognition and ePortfolios
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The Evolving Role of Learners in ePortfolio Use

March 23, 2012

Johnson & Wales University, Culinary Arts Museum

Harborside Campus, Providence, RI


8:00 – 9:00

Light Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15

Veera Gaul, Provost, Johnson & Wales

Trent Batson, Executive Director, AAEEBL;

Welcome from JWU

Overview of AAEEBL

Plenary Session

9:15 – 10:30

John Regan, Boston University; Gail Matthews-Denatale, Northeastern University; Laura Gambino, Tunxis Community College; James Griffin, Johnson & Wales (Moderator)

"ePortfolio and the Evolving Institutional Role in Student Learning”

Session 2

10:40 – 11:25

Gillian Greenhill Hannum, Manhattanville College; Sherie McClam

"Connecting the Dots, First Year to Capstone: an ePortfolio Journey"

11:35 – 12:20

Laurie Poklop, Matt Noonan, Northeastern University

"Conversations and Questions: Defamiliarization through Collaboration"


Group Lunch

1:15- 2:00

Bret Eynon, Judit Torok and Laura Gambino, LaGuardia Community College

"Connect to Learning, a FIPSE-funded ePortfolio Project"


Karen Skibba, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

"Empower Students to Reach New Heights: Strategies Using Desire2Learn ePortfolio"

2:15 – 3:00

Lili Porten, Rick Cole and Charles Henebry, Boston University

"Creating Authentic Audiences: Low-Tech as well as High-Tech Strategies"

3:15 – 4:00

Nan L. Travers, Marnie Evans, Empire State College, SUNY.

"Designing Authentic Prior Learning Assessments"

3:15 – 4:00

Nancy Wozniak, Stony Brook University

"Digital Storytelling - Literacy, Reflection and A Whole Lot of Creativity"

4:00 – 5:00

Reception & Poster Session

Connie Hotchkiss and Jane O'Grady, Northwestern Connecticut Community College:Integrating ePortfolio into Nursing Curriculum:Lessons Learned

About this Conference --In today’s eportfolio practices, two dominant trends are clear: the portfolio is increasingly associated with the individual learner; and eportfolios provide a natural pathway to the practice of social pedagogies. Institutional tracking toward learning outcomes continues, but the recent rebound of interest in portfolios among administrators and faculty stems from a more deliberate focus on student ownership of eportfolio work, on social dynamics among learners, and on better portfolio interfaces to support both individual and collaborative learning.

This conference, in addition to featuring sessions provided by Northeast US campuses and sharing of success stories among regional colleagues, also offers a special focus on the learner, on metacognition, and on social pedagogy. Presenters are invited to examine ideas for learner-centered curriculum redesign both within single courses and longitudinally over several related courses, or within an entire program or major.A central question will be how educators can design a deep-learning curriculum with electronic portfolios.

What are the implications of student ownership of their eportfolios and of social pedagogies for teaching, learning, assessment, and career development? What are the implications for institutional research as individual ownership and dynamic interaction among eportfolios users becomes more prevalent? What are the implications for student-teacher relationships and for the interaction among students themselves? How do these trends impact metacognition?

This conference, chaired by Associate Provost James Griffin of Johnson & Wales University, will be held just south of Providence RI on beautiful Narragansett Bay and is one of three regional AAEEBL conferences to be held yearly in the US.

Please join us for what is sure to be a day of intense and challenging conversations about implementation, research and use of eportfolios.

About AAEEBL-- AAEEBL, founded in 2009, is The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning, an international non-profit professional association. AAEEBL’s mission is to develop learners and transform institutions with electronic portfolios.Institutional membership and corporate support make it possible for AAEEBL to offer programs and resources to build a vital eportfolio community of practice internationally.


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