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2013 Monday Workshop: New Models for Assessing ePortfolios
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2013 AAEEBL Annual ePortfolio Conference
Monday Workshop
July 29

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New Models of Assessing ePortfolios

Facilitated by:
Barbara Cambridge
Darren Cambridge
Kathleen Blake Yancey

Time: 1:00 - 4:30

Lunch is included with registration at noon: after the morning workshops; before the afternoon workshops.

This workshop is sponsored by the Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Research and will include discussion, shared resources and practice assessing sample eportfolios. I/NCePR is focused on two issues:

  1. the non-negotiable core of eportfolios; and
  2. ways of assessing them for comparability without resorting to standardization.

This workshop will engage participants in a scaffolded process of:

  • Introduction to Four Propositions: Identifying the Non-negotiable Core of ePortfolios.
    What are the propositions?
    What do they help us understand about eportfolios?
  • Considering the Proposition in Depth: ePortfolios Can Enable Comparison without Standardization.
    Given the ubiquity of standardization, what other starting points do we have for establishing the validity of an assessment?
  • Defining Three Factors Pointing Us toward a New Assessment Practice
    How do these three factors--the ways we talk to each other about evidence and criteria; the identification of participants in the process; and the ways we create the relationship between discussion and action, offer avenues for new assessment practices?
  • Practicing Hermeneutic Assessment
    How do we read, review, and assess an eportfolio when engaging in a hermeneutic circle? (Hands-on work with real eportfolios.)
  • Practicing Deliberative Democracy Assessment
    What interpretations, decisions, or actions does a deliberative democratic assessment model lead to? (Hands-on work with real eportfolios)
  • Lessons for the Future

About the Facilitators

Darren Cambridge, Barbara Cambridge, and Kathleen Blake Yancey co-direct the Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Research, which has brought together over 60 institutions from 5 countries to document the learning taking place inside electronic portfolios. In addition to authoring articles and making presentations based on Coalition work, Cambridge, Cambridge, and Yancey have co-edited Electronic Portfolios 2.0: Emergent Research on Implementation and Impact (Stylus, 2009).

Kathleen Blake Yancey is Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University, where she directs the Graduate Program in Rhetoric and Composition. She has served in several national leadership roles, including as President of the National Council of Teachers of English; as Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication; and as President of theKathleen Blake Yancey, facilitator for Monday eportfolio workshop on assessment Council of Writing Program Administrators; in January 2013 she assumed the Presidency of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Co-founder and co-editor, for seven years, of the journal Assessing Writing, Yancey currently edits writing studies’ flagship journal College Composition and Communication. Yancey also serves on several boards, among them the editorial boards for Computers and Composition and for Kairos; on the National Advisory Board for Miami University’s Howe Center for Writing Excellence; and on the Executive Board for The Association for Authentic, Experientialand Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL). She has authored or co-authored over 70 articles and book chapters and authored, edited, or co-edited eleven scholarly booksundefinedincluding Portfolios in the Writing Classroom; Situating Portfolios; Reflection in the Writing Classroom; Assessing Writing across the Curriculum; and the award-winning Delivering College Composition: The Fifth Canon. Her forthcoming work includes the co-authored Writing in Contexts: Transfer, Composition, and Sites of Writing, and the article "The (Designed) Influence of Culture on ePportfolio Practice.”

Barbara Cambridge directs the Washington office of the National Council of Teachers of English. Before joining NCTE in 2005, she held positions within the American Association for Higher Education, including Assessment Forum director, Teaching Initiatives director, and vice president for Programs. For nine years she provided leadership for 200 campuses    in the Campus Program of the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship Barbara Cambridge, facilitator for workshop on eportfolios and assessmentof Teaching and Learning, a national project of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Cambridge is professor emerita of English at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, where she served as associate provost for the campus. She is past president of the Council of Writing Program Administrators and past president of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She serves on the Boards of the Washington Internship Institute, the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and the Irish National Academy for Research in Teaching and Learning. Cambridge has published articles, led workshops, and spoken on assessment, the scholarship of teaching and learning, leadership of national projects, and eportfolios. Cambridge is past editor of The Journal of Teaching Writing and currently serves on the Editorial Board of Change. Her co-written, edited, and co-edited books include Campus Progress: Supporting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Portfolio Learning; and Electronic Portfolios: Emerging Practices in Student, Faculty, and Institutional Learning.

Darren Cambridge is a senior consultant at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, DC, USA, where he serves as project director for the U.S. Department of Education’s Connected Online Communities of Practice project and advises a range of government, university, and corporate clients on learning technology and professional learning. His team of researchers, developers and facilitators from five organizations Darren Cambridge, workshop presenter on eportfolios and assessmentprovides expert analysis and planning support to build the capacity of federal agencies, non-profit organizations, states and districts to engage in collaborative projects that improve online social learning for educators. His current research focuses on using social network and narrative analysis to inform online community and network management and to measure value creation. He was previously a faculty member at George Mason University, a director at the American Association for Higher Education, and a fellow with EDUCAUSE. On behalf of the Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research, he is third country coordinator for the Europortfolio project funded by the European Union's Lifelong Learning program. He also serves on the board of the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL). He has developed technical specifications for the IMS Global Learning Consortium and open source eportfolio software through the Sakai Foundation. His work appears in a range of scholarly journals and books. He is editor of E-Portfolios and Global Diffusion (IGI Global, 2012), and he won the 2012 MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Faculty Prize for Electronic Portfolios for Lifelong Learning and Assessment (Jossey-Bass, 2010).


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