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AAEEBL Western Regional TCU 2016
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“Creating Coherence:  ePortfolio Pedagogy in the Academy of Tomorrow”

February 29-March 1, 2016

Texas Christian University │ Fort Worth, TX


Frog Fountain, Texas Christian University

Conference location in the background

As students and learners find many new ways to find information, to take online courses, to use open educational resources, take MOOCs, participate in co-curricular and non-curricular learning, not only should we celebrate a more open world of knowledge, but we should be concerned about how to find any coherence in the learning experiences of the students and learners.  If learning experiences are so varied, can even the learner make sense of it all?  This conference addresses this vital question:  not just how to assess variable learning experiences, but how to help make sense of it all?

After a day of sessions and conversations, join us for a one-of-a-kind Fort Worth outing at Billy Bob’s Texas!   Billy Bob’s is a huge (3 acres!), iconic country music honky tonk in the heart of Fort Worth’s famous Stockyards area.  For $35 you will receive:  admission to Billy Bob’s, a full barbecue buffet (vegetarian options available) in the Texas Room at Billy Bob’s, a group line dancing lesson on their famous dance floor, and the opportunity to explore all the memorabilia and sights at this iconic venue.    You can join us for this outing by selecting the related product (i.e, a ticket for this special night out) on this page. This is an optional extra that we hope you'll choose.

Join us for this special Monday Feb 29 outing, Barbecue at Billy Bob's Texas; Transportation and Food included in the $35 fee for this event:  Register


[Hotel Name:       Courtyard by Marriott Fort Worth University Drive [Block Sold Out]
Hotel Address     3150 Riverfront Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76107]

Guests may call 800.228.9290 and reference the TCU AAEEBL Room Block at the Courtyard by Marriott Fort Worth University to get the group rate. 

You may also book directly online via the links below:
Book your group rate for TCU AAEEBL

Hotel Name:        Hilton Garden Inn-Fort Worth Medical Center
Hotel Address:    912 Northton Street Fort Worth, TX 76104
Hotel Name:
Homewood Suites by Hilton® Fort Worth - Medical Center, TX
Hotel Address:
2200 Charlie Lane
Fort Worth, Texas 76104


  Conference Keynote:  Dee Fink

Transforming Students Through High Impact Teaching Practices

     All of us would like for our courses to have a major impact on our students.  But many of us don’t see as much impact as we would like, or at least not for as many students as we would like.  How can we change that?

       Since about 1990, the scholars of teaching and learning have been generating a continuous stream of new ideas about college-level teaching that can help us make the kinds of changes that will lead to greater student motivation, engagement, and learning.  Most all of these ideas are good, but which have the most potential to result in transformative learning?

       In this presentation, I will describe five High Impact Teaching Practices that, in my view, have the greatest potential for producing this kind of learning.  I will also explore the question – with the help of the audience – of how these ideas can be implemented with ePortfolios and other forms of digital pedagogy.

Dr. L. Dee Fink currently works as a national and international consultant on college teaching and faculty development.  In the past several years, he has been invited to 15 countries outside the United States to lead workshops or make presentations.

         After receiving his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1976, he accepted a faculty position at the University of Oklahoma.  In 1979 he founded the Instructional Development Program at the University of Oklahoma and served as its director until his retirement from Oklahoma in May 2005.  In 2004-2005, he was president of the POD Network (Professional and Organizational Development) in Higher Education, the primary professional organization for faculty developers in the United States. 

         He is the author of “Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses” (Jossey-Bass, 2003) and co-editor of “Designing Courses for Significant Learning”, Issue #119 in the quarterly series New Directions for Teaching and Learning (Jossey-Bass, Fall 2009).



Keynote Speaker Phil Long, University of Texas Austin

Evidence of Learning and the Future of the ePortfolio

ePortfolios are one of the handful of activities in k12 and higher education that are both a floor wax and a dessert topping.

That is, it serves multiple functions which is why it has been so hard to establish its role in many institutions.

From my perspective at the heart of eportfolio is the ability to capture the evidence and process of learning. This may be for reflection, meta-cognition, or for recognition of specified accomplishments and certification.

As we look forward at whither eportfolios I want to focus on three issues for you to think about on your way home.

  • The first is the value of transparency, exposing evidence of learning and bringing it more visibly to a wider public.
  • The second are the implications of scale, something that has been an issue for wider adoption.
  • And third validation which, until now, has been intrinsically the responsibility of the issuer of the assessment of learning.

However, one of the well established consequences of technology is the separation or unbundling practices that were once combined. But rather than simply highlight the options and complexities that unbundling brings, I want to use the re-framing that is emerging in the context of selective rebundling into a new whole, re-connecting the learners .ownership of their learning with the evidence demonstrating it.

Phil is the Associate Vice Provost for Learning Sciences and Deputy Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Texas, Austin. Current work focuses on UTx, the local implementation of edX, learning analytics (SoLAR) and the digital enhancement of physical learning spaces.

He is also a Foundation Honorary Professor at the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

He is a lapsed biologist now learning scientist focused on emerging technologies, the cognitive interactions with them, & the spaces, physical and virtual wherein they occur.


AAEEBL Western Regional Conference
February 29-March 1, 2016
Texas Christian University │ Fort Worth, TX

 “Creating Coherence:  ePortfolio Pedagogy in the Academy of Tomorrow”

 Call for Proposals

CFP Deadline:  January 28, 2016

The Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) and Texas Christian University are pleased to issue a Call for Proposals for the 2016 Western Regional AAEEBL Conference.  AAEEBL is the premier national professional organization dedicated to supporting educational leaders committed to educational transformation relevant to 21st century learners.  AAEEBL is best-known for its promotion of eportfolios as a high-impact practice that encourages learners to reflect on their learning, thereby deepening the learning process.  TCU is proud to host AAEEBL’s first event in Texas. 

ePortfolios provide the opportunity for students to assume responsibility for their own learning by collecting evidence of their learning experiences, reflecting on the meaning of those experiences, and then representing those learning experiences to others.  The ePortfolio itself is a learning tool that brings coherence as the student considers learning experiences across the curriculum and co-curriculum, which allows them to make connections between seemingly disparate learning experiences.    But what can and should this process look like?  In what ways can an ePortfolio bring coherence to  student’s individual learning experience?  How is it that ePortfolios allow students to “take the reins” of their own learning, and how do they benefit from doing so? 

We invite proposals that highlight how ePortfolios can be effectively leveraged to promote student-driven, learning-centered education.  We are interested in proposals that might consider how an ePortfolio initiative could help to inform an institution as it considers how to improve and enhance student learning across campus.  In particular, we welcome proposals that highlight or suggest how  ePortfolios can bring coherence to a student’s learning experience; that is, how their learning and their thinking might become more integrated, connected, focused, purposeful, and concretely demonstrable as a result of creating and using an ePortfolio.    

We welcome proposals that address these questions and concerns from any number of angles; for instance, as found in best practices, theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of portfolio pedagogy, assessment and evaluation of learning,  and creating effective portfolio learning contexts (at the course and programmatic level, as well as at the institutional level). 

Proposals are sought in three formats: 

1.     50 minute traditional presentation (30-35 minutes of content delivery & 15-20 minutes of discussion).

2.     25 minute presentation (16-18 minutes of content delivery & 7-9 minutes of discussion)

3.     Panel/Roundtable style session (50 minute session with 2-4 facilitators who together address a particular question or set of related questions relevant to ePortfolio work.  This session is intended to be highly interactive with enough flexibility to accommodate conversation among participants—less formal presentation of content and more facilitation of conversation)

Use the form below to submit your proposal by January 28, 2016
Questions?  Contact us.

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