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ePortfolios and Digital Technologies in the Post-Course Era:
Fostering Reflective and Integrative Learning in  College, Career, and Life

AAEEBL Northeast US
Regional Conference 2015

Hosted by Boston University

March 12, 2015



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Finding the Sweet Spots:

Points of Engagement in an Environment of Constraint


Presented by

Nancy Pawlyshyn, Ph.D.
Northeastern University

Abstract:  This keynote offers research-based models and specific steps to be taken by both faculty and administrators that can improve the quality of faculty life and foster engagement with the transformation of teaching and learning.

Many have experienced ways that higher education is under siege. Administrators deal with fiscal and regulatory constraints and highly competitive markets by shifting faculty appointments to a contingent workforce, and escalating the pace and expectations for workload. Faculty are dealing with a paradigm shift in teaching and learning and the acceleration of technology that has made traditional teaching methods obsolete. 

These conditions have created an environment of constraint, but it’s not hopeless. Within this context, there are opportunities to rethink faculty work and support for faculty development. A new framework must become higher education’s strategic imperative as faculty vitality and institutional vitality are essentially linked.  

As faculty, staff and administrators, where can we find the sweet spots? Identify our needs, get support and find points of engagement? As administrators, how can we develop a framework to foster the kind of faculty growth and engagement that is needed to meet our institutional strategic goals?

About Nancy Pawlyshyn: Dr. Nancy Brown Pawlyshyn is currently a senior faculty fellow in the School of Education and graduate leadership program at Northeastern University, Boston, and she serves on the Senior Management Team as special academic officer to the dean working to advance initiatives with a focus on faculty affairs. Pawlyshyn was previously chief assessment officer and associate provost at Mercy College, New York from 2007-2012; faculty and academic dean in the San Jose Evergreen Community College District from 2001 – 2007, and faculty and chair, Department of Communications at Simmons College from 1986 – 2001. She also taught management communication at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

As an education management, assessment and accreditation consultant, writer, researcher, and speaker, Pawlyshyn’s expertise lies in mobilizing the best efforts of institutional and community stakeholders toward common purposes and extraordinary work. She is passionate about innovations in curriculum and assessment that advance faculty leadership and student success. She develops and teaches both blended and online graduate courses to those who aspire to administration and leadership in higher education.

In Fall 2014, Pawlyshyn was a visiting professor at Vietnam International University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where she taught Ethical Leadership and Managing Organizational Change in the joint degree program between VIU and Northeastern. In Summer 2015, she will be a visiting professor at Swinburne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Pawlyshyn has worked with an extensive grant portfolio including a current FIPSE award for Northeastern in the “First in the World” program, focusing on STEM education development for at-risk student populations. At Mercy College, Pawlyshyn championed the development of an ePortfolio Community that created a grassroots movement toward the institution-wide adoption of ePortfolio. She has presented and published case studies and articles nationally and internationally. 

Dr. Pawlyshyn served as an assessment consultant and project adviser for the Kaleidoscope Project, a Gates and Hewlett Foundation-funded project under the EDUCAUSE Next Generation Learning Challenges program. Based at Cerritos College, this grant involved working with faculty from 8 community and state colleges to build instructional designs using open education resources with faculty collaborating across institutions. Pawlyshyn earned her BA and MS at Simmons College and her PhD at Capella University. 

Conference Program...

AAEEBL Northeast Regional Conference   Boston University    March 12, 2015
College of General Studies, 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. 


8:30 AM-9:00 AM (CGS Lobby): Coffee Time and Conference Check-in

9:00--9:20 AM (Room 527): Opening Session; Welcome Message, Megan Sullivan, Dean of the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning, Boston University. Colloquium and Guiding Questions  

9:20--10:00 AM (Room 527): Keynote: “Finding the Sweet Spots: Points of Engagement in an Environment of Constraint” Nancy Pawlyshyn, Northeastern University (Room 527)   

10:00--10:15 AM (CGS Lobby): Coffee Break

10:15-10:45 (Room 507): Q and A with Nancy Pawlyshyn   

10:50--12:00 (Room 527): “The Story of My Learning: eP for Creative Expression” Marylena Sevigney. Plymouth State University 

“Using ePortfolios in an Adult Degree Completion Program” Dianna Rust, Middle Tennessee State University

Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP): On-demand Discovery Learning Professional Development” Robin Sullivan, University of Buffalo, SUNY  

12:00-1:00 Lunch (Katzenberg Center, Third Floor)  

1:00-1:30 (Room 527): “ePortfolios and Assessment at Boston University” Gillian Pierce and Amod Lele, Boston University

1:30-2:00 (Room 527): Snapshot Presentations, Moderated by John Regan, Boston University 

   “What My ePortfolio Means to Me: A Student’s Perspective” Salma Yehia, Boston University

   “ePortfolio and Advising at BU’s College of General Studies” Yahellah Best, Boston University

2:00-2:30 (Room 527): “ePortfolio Pioneers: Fostering Risk and Innovation at the Frontiers

of the “Post-course” Era. Lori Hager, University of Oregon

2:30-3:00 (Room 507): Discussion

3:00-3:15:  Break (Katzenberg Center) 

3:15 to 4:15 (Katzenberg Center): “The Changing Landscape of ePortfolio” Trent Batson, Co-Leader and President, AAEEBL 

4:15 to 4:45 (Katzenberg Center): Summing Up 

(Informal celebratory toast across Commonwealth at a place for beverages and appetizers)

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