Promoting Engaged Learning with ePortfolios in the 21st Century: An AAEEBL International Conference
1st AAEEBL West Coast USA and International Conference
Promoting Engaged Learning
ePortfolios in the 21st Century
April 8-9, 2014
The Westin Long Beach
Long Beach, CA USA
Proposal Deadline: Monday, March 17, 2014
Conference Focus and Call for Proposals
At the AAEEBL West Coast USA and International Conference, we are seeking proposals for
sessions that focus on how eportfolios are used to support engaged learning.
To offer some context about engaged learning, here is how the University of Maine Presque Isle
defines it (http://www.umpi.edu/academics/engaged-learning/definition Accessed 2/26/14.):
Note: Not all proposals must involve the specific examples cited in the University of Maine's
- Engaged-Learning is an educational strategy in which either part or all of the class objectives are learned by working on projects with a community partner.
- Engaged-Learning is a type of education that put classroom skills and knowledge into practice while serving your community.
- Engaged-Learning combines civic involvement with academic coursework in a way that benefits both the student and the community.
- Engaged-Learning provides an arena where students work in a professional capacity with community members, their peers and the instructor of their course.
- Engaged learning focuses on real-life ("authentic") learning, on active ("experiential") learning and supports students in capturing evidence of their learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom.
- Engaged-Learning relies heavily on team-work and the skills that promote effective team-building.
definition above. Proposals are welcome if they do not fit either track but offer academic interest
to the eportfolio community in areas of research, practice, theory, integration, etc.
Keynote: "Paving Learning Pathways"
- Practice in Engaged Learning - Share methods that encourage and enable engaged learning by integrated eportfolio use.
- Engaged Learning Assessment - Address ways to assess evidence of engaged learning in eportfolio artifacts.
Cross long ago observed that if we’re not designing our curricula
intentionally, then we relegate learning to happy accident. Clearly a
credential should mean more than a random collection of courses, but the
completion agenda, boosted by the emergence of badges, MOOCs, credit
for adaptive and prior learning, plus stackable and snackable learning
is poised to drive the final nail in the presumptions of coherence long
implicit in a degree. How might educators respond to the rise and
rampage of Dr. Frankenstein’s piecemeal degree in the new age of
accountability? Has the monster of incoherence already snatched all
useful coherence from our curricula? The AAEEBL ePortfolio Research Team, AAC&U’s Quality Collaboratives, and many others have been
exploring ways to respond to this and other questions. The sum of this
work provides a glimpse into the way eportfolios, or more accurately,
folio-thinking, might be leveraged to meet the completion agenda and
other pressing challenges.
Gary Brown, Ph.D.
Featured Speaker, Gary Brown, Ph.D.
In addition to serving as the Academic Director for AAEEBL, Gary Brown is a Senior
Fellow with the Association of American Colleges and Universities
(AAC&U). He is currently an assessment leader on The Quality
Collaboratives Project, a national effort in collaboration with Lumina
to assure competency as the nation faces the completion agenda
challenge. Gary has been the recipient of six National University
Telecommunication Network best research awards on studies ranging from
course design, engaging diverse stakeholders, and on faculty attitudes
and motivation for using e-portfolios. He was a recipient of the Pacific
Northwest’s first annual award for Teaching, Learning, &
Assessment. Gary has written and presented extensively on undergraduate
was a National Learning Communities fellow and the assessment section
editor for Innovate, one of the first peer-reviewed online journals. His
current work focuses primarily on the assessment of student learning
outcomes for accreditation and, more importantly, for engaging faculty
in efforts to improve program coherence and student learning.
has been involved with assessment and with educational technologies
since the mid 80 when he developed software and started and coordinated
three computer labs at San Diego State University. In the 90s at
Washington State University, Gary started a multimedia composition
program, developed one of the early learning management systems, and was
among the first to put surveys online as director of the WSU Silhouette
Project (known internationally as Flashlight Online). Gary has written
and presented extensively on undergraduate learning & assessment,
has worked with a variety of
professional associations on the assessment of outcomes and costs of
educational practices and innovations, and served for many years as the
assessment editor for Innovate, one of the first peer-reviewed online
AAEEBL members who work full time at AAEEBL Institutional Member Organizations receive a
significant registration discount of $75 USD. (This discount does not apply to AAEEBL Corporate
Partners or to individual site participants at the AAEEBL Online Community, only to those who are
academic members at institution supporting AAEEBL with membership dues. It pays to
All presenters must register to attend the conference.
: Registration links will take you off the AAEEBL site
. Registration for this conference is being handled by AAEEBL conference partners.
The Westin Long Beach
333 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802
Maps & Directions
Book your room now to assure that you receive the discounted rate of $159 (plus tax) per night when you reserve
your room by March 14th (subject to availability).
After March 14, 2014, regular room rates will
Value Added: Pay for one conference. Attend two conferences plus exhibits!
Technology and AAEEBL will be holding sessions concurrently. If you discover you are more interested in a CT session, you
are free to roam! The rooms are adjoining so attendees from both AAEEBL
and CT may attend their choice of sessions.
Learn about the latest and greatest in e-learning, or exhibit your company's wares!
Sessions will be held in proximity to an exhibit hall with an array of representatives from the
technology and e-leaning industry including some of AAEEBL's own Corporate Partners.
If you are a corporate entity and want more information, contact Trent Batson.