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International Reference Group
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AAEEBL's International Reference Group (IRG) is part of AAEEBL's ePortfolio Research Committee.

View 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.

International Context
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.


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