International Reference Group (IRG) is part of AAEEBL's ePortfolio Research Committee.
Kathryn Coleman's presentation to Australian eportfolio leaders about the
formation of the AAEEBL IRG.
The mission of the IRG
is to establish collegial connections and to disseminate educational research
while developing international collaborations on research projects. The IRG
aims to have impact by encouraging effective and innovative models of
partnership through joint research, conferences, and publications, which will
be shared locally, nationally and internationally.
ePortfolio conceptions vary from country to country. Likewise, sources for
support to implement eportfolios vary from country to country with full
governmental funding available in some instances and the barest of
institutional funding provided elsewhere. Therefore evidence gathered
from eportfolio research and assessment data is often uneven and lacks
meaningful synthesis upon which to "close the loop” as Clemson University’s
Gail Ring (2012) suggests in order to "share assessment data in ways that
significantly improve learning outcomes.”
An IRG for International ePortfolio Connections
To connect these international foci, The AAEEBL-facilitated IRG will encourage
innovative approaches to eportfolio assessment and evaluation in training,
education, professional development and research-focused activities. The IRG
aims to develop a coalition of international, regional and national eportfolio
bodies whose members contribute in sharing eportfolio research findings and
thus widening the field of eportfolio implementation and investigation.
The IRG will keep abreast of changes and innovations in eportfolio
research and share these updates. Sites for sharing include international,
national and regional conferences and webinars, the new publication, International
Journal of ePortfolio, a variety of social media, and the creation of a
collaborative online repository for research findings and discussion. AAEEBL’s
bi-monthly newsletter, The AAEEBL Learner, will dedicate space for
highlighting resources and for sharing write-ups about research initiatives and
upcoming events that seek to explore how international eportfolio research can
be shared more widely in the community.
(The above text represents a portion of Kathryn Coleman's
presentation about the AAEEBL IRG as launched in July 2012 at an initiative of
the AAEEBL Research Committee.)
Kathryn Coleman, at member institution Deakin
University in Australia, recently shared a presentation at ASCILITE about
AAEEBL's 2012 Annual ePortfolio Conference at which the IRG initiative was
launched. She also presented a poster session about the AAEEBL IRG.