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Marc Zaldivar, Virginia TechMarc Zaldivar is Conference Chair for Virginia Tech Conference Nov 7-8

2013 Southeast Regional Conference
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Hosted by
Virginia Tech & Clemson University

on the VA Tech campus
Blacksburg, VA


 Start with the Learner:
A Student-Centered Conference

Jennifer L.V. SparrowJennifer L.V. Sparrow: Featured Speaker

Dr. Jennifer Sparrow is currently the Senior Director of Networked Ventures and Emerging Technologies at Virginia Tech. For more than 15 years, she has championed the use of technology to engage students in the learning process. She has a passion for working with faculty to explore new technologies and their potential implementations in teaching and learning.  Her current projects involve the convergence of technologies and learning spaces to create interactive and engaged learning opportunities.  Additionally, she has worked with faculty to leverage technology tools in the creation of digital learning artifacts.  She has been using portfolios for reflection and assessment since 1995. 

Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College, her master’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University, and doctorate from the University of Central Florida.  She is currently on the EDUCAUSE 2014 Conference Program Committee.

She is a part-time blogger, an infrequent tweeter, technology explorer, and struggling photographer with a biting sense of humor and not enough hours in her day.

The conference will be held at The Inn at Virginia Tech and the Skelton Conference Center.  A block of rooms has been set aside at a discounted rate for AAEEBL.  Ask for that rate when making reservations. 

Program Committee

  • Gail Ring, Clemson University
  • Teggin Summers, Virginia Tech
  • Marc Zaldivar, Virginia Tech
  • Trent Batson, AAEEBL
  • Judy Williamson Batson, AAEEBL



Start with the Learner: A Student-Centered Conference

November 4-5. 2013

The Inn at Virginia Tech and the Skelton Conference Center

Monday, November 4th


Latham A&B

Duck Pond

8:30 a.m. –


Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. -


Keynote Address: Empowering Digital Fluency with "e" in ePortfolio

Dr. Jennifer Sparrow, Senior Director of Networked Knowledge and Emerging Technologies

10:00 a.m. –

10:15 a.m.



10:15 a.m. –

11:00 a.m.

"Does Platform Make a Difference?: How the Struggle for Consensus Casts a Shadow on ePortfolio Implementation”

S. Burns & J.A. Thompson, University of Cincinnati

"Solving Clinical Problems with an Interdisciplinary Perspective”

Michelle Tran,Virginia Tech

11:00 a.m. –

11:45 a.m.

"Getting Back in the Learner’s Seat: Using ePortfolios to Capture Faculty Development”

S. Blevins, A. Bond, & L. Cox, Radford University and Virginia Tech

"What Are They Looking for in an ePortfolio?: Learn from the Experts”

M. Nino,Virginia Tech

11:45 a.m. –

12:45 p.m.

Lunch and Student Showcase

1:00 p.m. –

1:45 p.m.

"Oh, The Places You've Gone: New Pedagogy for Portfolios”

L. McNair, W. Garrison, & M. Syvantek,Virginia Tech

"Task portfolios: The foundation for rich personal presentations”

C. Dalziel,Pebblepad

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Networking Café –a time to share ideas and questions facing us as a group.

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.



3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

"ePortfolios in the School of Architecture + Design: Making Discoveries, Sharing Ideas”

M. Sullivan,Virginia Tech

"Reflective Course Design: An Interplay Between Pedagogy and Technology in a Teacher Education Course”

Y. Firdyiwek & E. Scida,University of Virginia

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Reception in Latham Ballroom C
hosted by PebblePad

Tuesday, November 5th


Latham A&B

Duck Pond

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Student Panel: Start with the Learners

Matthew Cox; Brad Reguto; Mary Lee Carter; Miguel Nino; Michelle Hettmann; Cathryn Schwing; Emily DeNoon; Martina Svyantek

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.



9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

"Enabling Students to Engage with Learning: A Student Perspective on Reflection in the College Classroom”

E. DeNoon,Virginia Tech

"A Modular Approach to Designing ePortfolio Systems for College Freshmen”

E. Hoffman,Stetson University

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

"ePortfolios: Creative, messy, reflective spaces to make new connections”

J. Grohs, M. Hettman, & C. Schwing,Virginia Tech

"Technology Enhanced Learning Program: A Collaborative Initiative between Faculty & Designers for Authentic Instruction at UVa”

G. Hunger & P. Gordon,University of Virginia

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

"Reflective Writing ePortfolios: Towards a structured ePortfolio for Mentored & Community-based Research Program in Kenya”

V. Divecha,University of Michigan

"ePortfolio Survey Project: Using Student Voice to Inform Curriculum Improvement”

S. Berlin,Grand Valley State University

Information about the conference’s location (The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center) can be found here:




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