July 16-19, 2012
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Seaport World Trade Center
When you register, if your institution is an AAEEBL member, you will be granted up to three $200 discounts on registration. Please select your institution from the drop-down menu at the registration site. If you are not yet a member but would like to take advantage of AAEEBL member benefits, please join before you register for the conference. Logistics such as the registration site for the 2012 Annual Meeting are coordinated by Campus Technology, the organization with whom we co-present in Boston. We thank them for their able assistance and greatly appreciate their collaboration.
For the third year, AAEEBL members and eportfolio practitioners from around the world will gather at the Seaport World Trade Center on stunning Boston Harbor for the AAEEBL Annual Conference. Once again, AAEEBL is co-locating with Campus Technology, and attendees will be welcome to attend either AAEEBL or CT sessions. Highlights:
- This year we will hold our first AAEEBL members' meeting.
- All keynote sessions will be interactive, not "just talks."
- Concurrent session rooms will be set up in the round, not in ranks to encourage participation.
- In keeping with the participatory nature of this conference, we'll feature poster sessions positioned with a special refreshment set-up to encourage interaction.
- By popular demand, "conversations with..." sessions will return presenting opportunities for informal discussion with featured speakers and other eportfolio leaders.
- Keynoters will focus on fundamental issues related to learning and influencing policy-makers in education.
- Our local arrangements institution will be Tufts University.
Travel Arrangements: Lodging, air and car rental information. Please make your arrangements early. The conference hotel fills up fast! (Note on 6/18/12 -- Conference hotel room blocks that were reserved for the conference are filled. See the link above to go to a page with lodging information, links to hotels and phone numbers for making your own reservations.)
Monday Workshops -- July 16 --
- Peter Elbow, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. "Technology, Writing and Spoken Language" -- an interactive, experiential workshop looking at the way technology moves writing closer to spoken language and why that is a good thing -- Monday workshop 8:30 a.m. to noon.
- Todd Zakrajsek, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. "Overcoming Apathy and Creating Excitement in the Classroom" -- With a foundation from educational psychology and cognitive neuroscience, this session will demonstrate and explain how instructors can make classroom learning a more meaningful experience for students.
- Gillie Bolton, "Reflective and Reflexive Writing to Inspire ePortfolios" -- Attendees at this plenary talk will learn the secrets of the vital creative role of writing in reflection and reflexivity and the connection to eportfolios.
- Barbara Cambridge, National Council of Teachers of English, Washington, DC -- "ePortfolios for Individual and Common Good: Personal and Political Power"
- John Richards, Harvard Graduate School of Education -- "Taking Student Work Seriously: The Return of K-12 Portfolios" -- ePortfolios must be more than digital repositories, Google docs, and PowerPoint presentations. For eportfolios to make a difference in teaching and learning, they must be a part of the content curriculum. This presentation takes a look at some eportfolio examples, and the dynamics for making them effective.
- Lisa Gray -- Programme Manager, e-Learning, JISC, UK -- "From Challenge to Change: A Journey of ePortfolio Developments in the UK." -- Since 2002, JISC, a UK body funded to enhance the use of technology in higher and further education, has been exploring the use of eportfolio processes, pedagogies, tools, and technologies in a range of learning contexts. This presentation will showcase findings and key resources emerging from this body of work.
With the exception of the K-12 Institute, those who register for workshops must also register for the full conference. Cost: You may register for the all-day workshop, or for the morning workshop and an afternoon workshop for $200. Workshop registration includes lunch. This year's Monday program features a special arrangement whereby if you register for the morning workshop with Peter Elbow, you will be able to select an afternoon workshop to attend free of charge.
- Deadline for proposal submission: February 20, 2012
- Notification for accepted proposals: Mid-April, 2012
- Registration opens: To be announced in early March
- Conference hotel reservations available: To be announced in early March. (Note: We encourage you to book your lodging early in order to avoid disappointment. Rooms fill up fast!)
- Preliminary program: Will be published online in late April.
- Early-bird registration ($100 discount): Will end June 22, 2012.
Who should attend?
CIOs, provosts, deans, educators, faculty leaders, eportfolio managers, technology directors, assessment leaders, faculty development staff, teaching and learning center staff, and librarians among others.Logistics to help you plan: Reserve a hotel room and get more travel information
Note: (added 6/25/12) A block of overflow hotel rooms has been secured at the Hilton Boston Downtown Financial District. Please note that this hotel is located about 1 mile from the Seaport World Trade Center where the event is taking place. A shuttle will NOT be provided. Please prepare to make your own arrangements to get to and from the conference each day either by walking or taking a taxi.
Hilton Boston Downtown Financial District
89 Broad Street
Boston, MA 02210
Rate $259 per night
To make your reservation, please call 1-800-HILTONS and mention you are with the Campus Technology or AAEEBL conference. Rooms can be reserved until July 4th.
Similar to comparable professional conferences located in a large city, the cost to attend the AAEEBL Annual Conference is $699 for non-members and $499 for members before the early-bird cut-off in mid-June. That includes lunches and a reception. (This rate has not been raised in three years.)
Monday programs require a separate registration and are available only to those who register for the full conference. Monday programs are $200 and include lunch. The $200 registration fee also covers registration for an afternoon workshop.
Conference hotel rates in Boston average around $200 a night according to special rates negotiated for the conference.
Note added 6/18/12
-- All blocks of room reserved specifically for the conference have been taken. In order to reserve a room, it is no longer possible to do so through registration. People must register for rooms by calling the hotels. Information on the Travel and Lodging page has been updated with links and phone numbers.
: All session and poster presenters must register for the full conference.
Membership in AAEEBL
Conference Discounts: AAEEBL is a non-profit, service organization committed to developing learners and transforming institutions with electronic portfolios. Our services include conferences, resource-sharing and community-building among other things. AAEEBL services are possible due to institutional memberships and the support of our Corporate Affiliates
. With institutional membership, AAEEBL offers a substantial annual conference discount to members of $200 per person for up to three people from an institution.
Register for the conference and take advantage of member discounts.
Questions? Contact Judy Williamson Batson, AAEEBL Director of Communications