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Promoting Engaged Learning with ePortfolios in the 21st Century: An AAEEBL International Conference
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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

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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
( Accessed 2/26/14.):
  • 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.
Note: Not all proposals must involve the specific examples cited in the University of Maine's
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.

Conference Tracks
  • 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.
Keynote: "Paving Learning Pathways"

Pat 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.

Hatcher Library image (used with permission)
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 learning and assessment.

Gary 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.

Gary 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 journals.

Registration Information

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.
Note: Registration links will take you off the AAEEBL site.  Registration for this conference is being handled by AAEEBL conference partners.

Lodging Information - Special Conference Rate

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 apply.


Value Added: Pay for one conference. Attend two conferences plus exhibits!

Campus 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.

4/24/14 (jwb)
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