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University of Georgia
The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning

Georgia Center at the University of Georgia, Conference Venue

AAEEBL Southeast Regional Conference 2015 at The University of Georgia

November 9-10, 2015

Defining, Leveraging, Extending:  Answering Key Questions
Regarding ePortfolio Methods and Practices

Member discounts are in effect to the day of the Conference.  Members pay considerably less than non-members as the member discount has increased significantly now that individual memberships are offered (as of July 1, 2015). 

Non-Member Registration $380.00; Member:  $230.  Join AAEEBL for $125.00 (as an individual academic member or institutional member) and save $150.

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Reserve lodging at The Georgia Center.  Use this Code for AAEEBL:  85397.

After a very successful 2014 Regional Conference at UGA, AAEEBL and UGA agreed to repeat in 2015.  AAEEBL Southeast Conferences, from the very first one at Clemson, have been great gatherings of enthusiastic practitioners, administrators, support staff, and corporate partners.

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Keynote:  Kathleen Yancey, Florida State University; Co-Lead, Inter/National Coalition for ePortfolio Research, Member of the AAEEBL Board of Directors.

  Opening Keynote:  Kathleen Yancey, Florida State University

Anchoring ePortfolios: A Preliminary Taxonomy of
ePortfolio Anchors and Their Effects

The title "Anchoring ePortfolios" suggests that we'd want to anchor ePortfolios, to provide what Wikipedia calls "a device . . . to prevent the craft"--in our case, an ePortfolio--"from drifting due to wind or current." Is an anchor for ePortfolios something we want?

On the one hand, it seems very odd that we would. As many have noted, one important value of ePortfolios is their ability to function without the kinds of anchors we often see in higher education; they are thus able, for example, to capture the kind of integrative, deep learning often extending beyond a single course, program, or even institution. 

On the other hand, we might observe that ePortfolios always operate with an anchor of some kind even if only tacitly--with an institution's set of expectations or set of outcomes functioning as a kind of default anchor. These observations raise several questions, among them whether expectations and outcomes are the anchors we want for ePortfolios and how well such anchors do or do not work.

Given this context, I'll sketch out a preliminary taxonomy of the kind of anchors, both tacit and explicit, that locate ePortfolio practice and consider as I do what we gain and lose with each one.   

Brief Bio:

Kathleen Blake Yancey is Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University. She has served in multiple national leadership roles, including as a Co-founder and Co-Director of the Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research, which has brought together over 60 institutions from around the world to document the learning represented in electronic portfolios.

Yancey's research on portfolios, spanning over 25 years, includes her Portfolios in the Writing Classroom, Reflection in the Writing Classroom , and the co-edited Electronic Portfolios 2.0.  In addition, her 2004 article, "
Postmodernism, Palimpsest, and Portfolios: Theoretical Issues in the Representation of Student Work," provided the occasion for the 2013 edited collection ePortfolio Performance Support Systems: Constructing, Presenting, and Assessing Portfolios.

Her most recent work includes several articles and book chapters examining social aspects of ePortfolios and a collection of essays, A Rhetoric of Reflection, that will be published in 2016. She is the winner of multiple awards, including Purdue University's Distinguished Woman Scholar Award, Florida State University's Graduate Mentor Award, and the Donald Murray Writing Prize. 


Closing Plenary Speaker: Jessica Chittum 


Our Journey Toward a Science-Based Practice: Leveraging Research to Guide ePortfolio’s Future in Education


Research takes time and inevitably follows (sometimes years later) initial hype. However, research findings often (and should) guide allocation of funds and educational decision-making in our quest for a science-based practice, right? But do they?

The use of ePortfolio in higher education continues to advance since its inception decades ago. As ePortfolio becomes ubiquitous in higher education, so too should empirical and outcomes-based ePortfolio research, which serve to substantiate and guide praxis. What do we actually know about how well ePortfolios “work”? What outcomes-based empirical research can we pull from when planning for and implementing ePortfolio? This presentation will review the current landscape of ePortfolio research: where we’ve been, where we are, and perhaps where we’re going, including a proposal for how we can move forward in supporting this tool (and, essentially, our students) with peer-reviewed, empirical, and outcomes-driven research.

2015 AAEEBL Southeast Regional Conference Program



Monday, November 9, 2015



7:30 – 8:30


Continental Breakfast, Concourse Break Area


8:30 – 8:50


Welcome and Opening Remarks:

Room KL 

Dr. Eddie Watson, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning,
University of Georgia

Dr. Ron Cervero, Associate Vice President for Instruction, 
University of Georgia

Trent Batson, President, AAEEBL


8:50 – 9:50


Opening Keynote Address:

Room KL 

Anchoring ePortfolios: A Preliminary Taxonomy of ePortfolio Anchors and Their Effects

Kathleen Blake Yancey, Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and Distinguished Research Professor, Florida State University





Room KL



Room VW


Room YZ

10:00 – 10:50

ePortfolio Student Support: Creating Structures to Educate and Engage Students


Heather Stuart, Justin Owensby, & Elizabeth

Devore, Auburn University

The Electronic Portfolio Organizer (EPO): A Browser-based Format for Handling Digital Artifacts


Yitna Firdyiwek, University of Virginia

ePortfolio Effectiveness in Many Contexts: An Open-Access Tool ( for Identifying and Using the Evidence


Jessica Chittum, East Carolina University & Jacquelyn McCarthy Woodyard, Virginia Tech

11:00 – 11:50


Core Value of ePortfolios: Gaining True Digital Literacy

Trent Batson, AAEEBL




ePortfolios Activating Learning: Engaging Students with Portfolio-based Curricula

Marc Zaldivar, Virginia Tech

Roundtable Discussion

The Role of ePortfolio in Encouraging Student Resilience and Re-Framing Student Transitions from "I Failed" to "I Learned”


Erin Webster-Garrett & Pamela Frasier, Radford University


Noon – 1:20


Lunch and Networking



1:30 – 2:20

Meeting Our Greatest Challenges AND Improving Student Learning: Why Higher Education’s Best Path Forward Includes ePortfolios

Eddie Watson

University of Georgia


 How the Application of ePortfolio Pedagogies Impact Performance in a Job Interview

Gail Ring, PebblePad; Bob Brackett, Clemson University; & Holly Lewis, PebblePad

ePortfolios with Purpose: Situated Learning, Rhetorical Awareness, and Authentic Texts

Jon Pope, Appalachian State University

2:30 – 3:20

ePortfolio Presentation & Digital Performance: Linking How We Identify Online to Who We Are Offline


Martina Svyantek & Lisa McNair, Virginia Tech


Roundtable Discussion 

Fostering Faculty Engagement Across Disciplines in a Campus-wide ePortfolio Initiative

Lesley Bartlett & Ashlee Duffy, Auburn University



Roundtable Discussion 

The ePortfolio Swap Meet: Exchanging Ideas + Sharing Resources + Exploring How ePortfolios Enhance Integrative Learning from College Entry to Life After College

Joan Dominick, Rebecca Casey, Lynsey Nejman, & Amanda Long, Kennesaw State University

3:20 - 3:40 Afternoon Break    

3:40 – 4:30

Using the AAC&U Integrative Learning VALUE Rubric to Explain and Inform ePortfolio Development for PharmD Students


Joan Watson & College of Pharmacy Students, University of Georgia


The ePortfolio Community’s Field Guide Project


Trent Batson, AAEEBL & Eddie Watson, University of Georgia and IJeP

Roundtable Discussion 

Balancing Diverse Practices to Create an ePortfolio Program


Connie Rothwell & Stephanie Norander, University of North Carolina at Charlotte


4:40 – 5:10

Roundtable Discussion:

Opportunities to connect to professional opportunities in AAEEBL


Trent Batson, President, AAEEBL


Roundtable Discussion:

Reviewing for the International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP)

Eddie Watson, Executive Editor, International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP)

Roundtable Discussion

Fostering Faculty and Student Adoption of ePortfolios

Sherry Clouser, University of Georgia; Gail Ring, PebblePad; & Marc Zaldivar, Virginia Tech



Reception from 5:15 to 6:30

Pecan Tree Galleria




Tuesday, November 10, 2015




Room KL

Room VW

Room YZ

7:30 – 8:30


Continental Breakfast

Concourse Break Area


8:30 – 9:20

Using the PESC Schema to Identify Features of Academic ePortfolios


Benjamin Stephens, Clemson University



Roundtable Discussion

Dipping a Toe in the Water: Exploring ePortfolio Contexts

Carrie Bishop & Sherry Clouser, University of Georgia

Roundtable Discussion

Designing Studies and Publishing Your ePortfolio Research 

C. Edward Watson, Executive Editor, International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP)

9:30 – 10:20


Bringing Excitement and Fun to Learning: Improving Higher Education Experiential Learning Outcomes Through the Implementation of ePortfolio Learning Tools that Connect to the Real World

Keely Britton & Leslie Cordie, Auburn University


Using WordPress ePortfolios with Graduate Teaching Assistants

Carrie Bishop & Ilse Mason, University of Georgia

Online Wikifolios and Digital Badges for Social Engagement, Deep Learning, and Institutional Accountability

Kirstin Helstrom, Daniel T Hickey, & James E Willis III, Indiana University

10:20 – 10:45


Break and Discussions


10:45 – 11:00

Closing Remarks, Upcoming Events, and Next Steps

Room KL 

Trent Batson, AAEEBL

Eddie Watson, University of Georgia


11:00 - Noon


Closing Keynote: 

Room KL 

Our Journey Toward a Science-Based Practice: Leveraging Research to Guide ePortfolio's Future in Education 

Jessica Chittum, East Carolina University






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