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AAEEBL Western USA Regional Conference In Long Beach

Harnessing the Power of the ePortfolio: Transformative Practices in Pedagogy and Assessment

April 8-9, 2015
The Hyatt Regency Long Beach
Long Beach, CA USA

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The AAEEBL Western U. S. Regional Conference in Long Beach, CA

Hyatt Regency Hotel in Long Beach

Co-Located with Campus Technology

April 8-9, 2015


A Colloquium on Transformative Teaching and Learning

Conference Focus:

Harnessing the Power of the ePortfolio: Transformative Practices in Pedagogy and Assessment

  1. Register to attend.

  2. Contact Trent Batson about Corporate Partner opportunities.

For the second year in a row, AAEEBL is hosting a regional conference in Long Beach.  Last year, this conference evolved into a colloquium -- that is, interrogating presentations in whole-group mode.  With such knowledgeable people sprinkled among the attendees (and some who joined our sessions from the adjacent Campus Technology Conference), the conversations were fascinating and informative.  

This year, we will meet in a different hotel, the Hyatt Regency, right on the Pacific in downtown Long Beach -- a gorgeous venue.  


This Conference is sponsored by the University of Washington Bothell and Portland State University and is led by Candyce Reynolds of Portland State University, who will be the keynote.  Candyce’s book, co-authored by Judy Patton, was published in 2014 and will form the basis for some of Candyce’s remarks: 

Leveraging the ePortfolio for Integrative Learning: A Faculty Guide to Classroom Practices for Transforming Student Learning

ePortfolios have the potential to transform learning interactions between students and faculty and provide a richer picture of the learning that results to improve assessment. They can energize students through practices that encourage reflection and connection.  Faculty can also be re-energized through using eportfolios to encourage students’ integrative thinking.  In addition, eportfolios can provide opportunities for programs and institutions to transform their own practices through a better understanding of student learning through the authentic assessment that the eportfolio affords. The learning process becomes more visible, opening the way for positive changes.

This conference aims to be practical in nature, providing an opportunity to inspire each other through the sharing of best practices and hopefully transform our future practices and our students’ and institutions’ experiences.

See:  O'Sullivan, E. (1999) Transformative Learning: Educational vision for the 21st century. Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press Inc.

Conference Tracks

  • Pedagogical practices.

    • ePortfolios for learning: How are eportfolios used in classes? In programs?  

    • effective practices: What practices promote transformational learning?

  • Assessment practices.

    • course-based assessment: How do instructors assess eportfolios?

    • program and institutional reviews: How do programs and institutions learn from eportfolios?

  • Practices beyond the classroom.

    • creating an eportfolio culture on campus: How do campuses move eportfolios beyond early adopters?

    • institutional eportfolios: How do institutions move eportfolios move beyond the classroom to expand and assess student learning?

    • student affairs: How are eportfolios being used in student affairs units at your institution?

    • co-curricular work: How are students using eportfolios to collect evidence of knowledge and skills gained through internships, work, and other co-curricular work?

    • graduation and bridging to career: How are students using eportfolios to curate and showcase their accumulated work for different audiences?

  • ePortfolio for Beginners.

    • rationale and effective practices: Why eportfolios?  Why are they being adopted so widely?  What are the core values of eportfolio practices?

The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (, the University of Washington Bothell, Portland State University, and the California State University system invite you to register for the AAEEBL Western U. S. Regional Conference co-located with Campus Technology

Conference Keynote

The conference keynote will feature Candyce Reynolds, Ph.D., Chair, Educational Leadership and Policy, Portland State University, co-author of the recently published book from Stylus, Leveraging the eportfolio for integrative learning: A  faculty guide to classroom practices for transforming student learning.  Her presentation will highlight practical ideas for incorporating eportfolio practices into our classrooms and institutions.




 Candyce Reynolds, Ph.D., Portland State University


Keynote Title: 

Making it Happen:  A Framework for Implementing Integrative Learning ePortfolios on

Your Campus or in Your Classroom


Integrative learning has been identified as an essential learning outcome for higher education and eportfolios have been touted as one way to help students make these vital connections. Providing students with an eportfolio tool is not enough, however. One must see the eportfolio as a pedagogy as well as a tool.  This keynote will outline a framework that institutions and instructors can use to help students create rich, meaningful, and integrative eportfolios in their programs and courses.  There will be ample opportunity for discussion of these ideas.


  • The conference will also feature David Goldstein, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and Director, Teaching and Learning Center, University of Washington Bothell sharing, “How Are We Doing? ePortfolios for Program/Curriculum Assessment.”

  • In addtion, Kevin Kelly, faculty at San Francisco State University and Higher Education and Educational Technology consultant will discuss: ePortfolios, assessment, and Universal Design for Learning: Providing learners with multiple pathways to show what they know and improve digital literacy

  • Finally, our third featured speaker is Eddie Watson, Ph.D., University of Georgia and editor of The International Journal of ePortfolio.

The Conference Schedule; Wednesday April 8 and Thursday April 9

Names  Titles
 8:30-9:00  Coffee Service in Exhibit Hall

Colloquium Introduction: Candyce Reynolds,
Portland State University; Eddie Watson,
University of Georgia; David Goldstein,
University of Washington Bothell, and Kevin Kelly, San Francisco State Universtiy

Establishing Guiding Questions for the Day
Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall
 10:20-11:00 AAEEBL Keynote:  Candyce reynolds, Portland State University
 Making it Happen:  a framework for implementing integrative learning eportfolios on your campus or in your classroom

Sarah Kutten

Brooke Hessler

Developing a Leader: eportfolio use in higher education
student leadership program

A story-Worthy portfolio: Digital Storytelling Methodologies
for critically refelctive eportfolios by undergraduate
researchers in community-Engaged projects.

 11:50-12:30 Leslie Batchelder

Becky Boesch
Transforming the Narrative: explaining the eportfolio and how it can enhance student academic experience

Considering Design in the Construction of the eportfolio
 12:30-1:30 Lunch and Roundtable Discussions
 1:30-2:30 Jeanne Enders and Melissa Piris
Leveraging the eportfolio from University to Career in a
fully online business program
 2:30-3:30 Pending; Savit Malik and Sarah Wongking OR Oriana Ides
eportfolios and praxis:  using the cycle of reflection
and action to make teaching and learning better

 3:30-4:10 C. Edward Watson
eportfolio research:  where it is and where it should go next
 4:20-5:00 Kevin Kelly
eportfolios, assessment, and universal design for learning:
providing learners with multiple pathways to show what they
know and improve digital literaryc
 5:00-6:30 Reception  
 8:45-9:00 Coffee  
 9:00-10:00 David Goldstein
How are we doing? eporfolios for program/Curriculum
10:00-10:20  Coffee Break
Lori Hager
Melissa Pirie
What do students say about eportfolios and connected
Learning?  Integrating eportfolios in graduate professional programs
Creating an eportfolio culture on campus:  How do Campuses
move eportfolios beyond early adopters?
 11:10-11:50 Leslie Kennedy, Kathy Fernandes, JP Bayard
Brett Christie
Faculty-created eportfolios showcase exemplary practices
in the CSU Course Redesign Initiative
Lunch and Closing Comments
John Ittelson, David Goldstein, Kevin Kelly and Candyce Reynolds

The Conference in Long Beach is an AAEEBL regional conference, smaller than our annual conference and very interactive. Learn what's happening with eportfolios and how to use them productively. This reasonably-priced gathering of eportfolio community members will continue the tradition of AAEEBL Regional Conferences -- small enough for great conversational sessions but large enough to generate lots of ideas and energy.  In fact, part of the program will be to provide ample time for discussion and sharing of ideas and resources.

Registration Information

AAEEBL members who work full time at AAEEBL Institutional Member Organizations receive a significant registration discount of $75 USD.  (This discount does not apply to AAEEBL Corporate Partners or to individual site participants at the AAEEBL Online Community, only to those who are academic members at institution supporting AAEEBL with membership dues.  It pays to belong!)

All presenters must register to attend the conference.

Note: Registration links will take you off the AAEEBL site.  Registration for this conference is being handled by AAEEBL conference partners.

    All presenters must register to attend the conference.

    Lodging Information - Special Conference Rate

    The Hyatt Regency Long Beach                 


    200 South Pine Avenue, Long Beach, California, USA, 90802                         
    Tel: +1 562 491 1234
    Fax: +1 562 432 1972

    Maps & Directions

    Book your room now to assure that you receive the discounted rate of $175 (plus tax) per night


    Value Added: Pay for one conference. Attend two conferences plus exhibits!

    Campus Technology and AAEEBL will be holding sessions concurrently. If you discover you are more interested in a CT session, you are free to roam!  The rooms are adjoining so attendees from both AAEEBL and CT may attend their choice of sessions.  

    If you are a corporate entity and want more information, contact Trent Batson.

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