July 12, 2011
A Message from Trent Batson
The AAEEBL2011 ePortfolio World Summit is only 2 weeks away. Now is the time to register while hotel rooms and seats for the Monday pre-conference workshops are still available. AAEEBL member discounts still apply as they will continue to right up to the conference: $200 USD for each of the first three registrants from a member institution.
- AAEEBL2011 is a gathering of most of the leading lights in the world of electronic portfolios in the U.S. and internationally. The venue is exceptional; the program is extensive and informative; the opportunities for hallway schmoozing more bountiful this year.
- Here are some names you may recognize: Helen Barrett, Darren Cambridge, Kathleen Blake Yancey, Melissa Peet, Bret Eynon, Helen Chen, Tracy Penny-Light, Evangeline Harris Stefanakis, Terrel Rhodes, Susan Kahn, C. Edward Watson, Marc Zaldivar, Gail Ring, Trent Batson, and Gary Brown.
- AAEEBL2011 offers a dazzling array of half-day and full-day workshops on Monday, July 25:
- MA1: Shane Sutherland, PebbleLearning – learn from the creator of PebblePad, one of the world’s most popular eportfolio platforms.
- MA2: Candyce Reynolds and Judith Patton, Portland State University, eportfolio veterans at a leading eportfolio university
- MA3: Linda Amerigo of Molloy College and Gigi Devanney of Chalk and Wire leading you through the development of an institutional assessment plan.
- MA4: Helen Barrett, best-known eportfolio advocate in the world and Eileen Brennan of Mercy College on Digital Stories and Deep Learning.
- MP1: Gina Rae Foster of Lehman College, how to lead a professional development workshop focused on eportfolios.
- MP2: Teggin Summers and Jennifer Sparrow on ExPo at Virginia Tech where eportfolios are reaching 100% usage among incoming students at this large university.
- MP3: Nancy Pawlyshyn and Dr. Braddlee of Mercy College, about moving strongly toward sustainability on the campus and a new focus on the integrative knowledge eportfolio approach developed by Melissa Peet.
- MP4: Helen Barret, in the afternoon workshop, working with a colleague form Puerto Rico, to help participants understand how to implement eportfolio with Web 2.0 and mobile tools.
- MF1: Jayme Jacobson and Jenine Cordon of the University of Idaho; Jenine “is a genius with Wordpress.” See a preview of their workshop. Cyri Jones of Capilano University in Canada will continue the focus on Wordpress in the afternoon part of this full-day celebration of the capabilities of Wordpress for eportfolios.
- MF2: Terrel Rhodes and Wende Garrison of AAC&U on the practical steps toward institutional assessment using eportfolios.
- If you have already registered for the conference, you can still add any of these workshops to your registration. We hope you will. This is an amazing set of workshops. If you are registering in the next few days, be sure to add one of these workshops to your registration.
- AAEEBL2011 is held right on the Boston Harbor, with a view of the Skyline (and the Boston Red Sox are at home at Fenway during the conference). If you were here last year, you remember how splendid a conference venue Seaport is; if you were not here, you are in for a treat.
- AAEEBL2011 is the only eportfolio conference in the world that meets jointly with a technology conference, offering attendees the choice between attending an eportfolio session or a campus technology session. You also have the choice, during exhibit hall hours, between touring the technology exhibit hall or attending a special session on an eportfolio horizon topic. The whole World Trade center is completely open to you: you can attend any of the sessions on two floors of the World Trade Center. We have complete reciprocity with Campus Technology this year.
- Many of the leading electronic portfolio vendors will have a booth that you can visit. Learn about new options, new platforms, new releases, market trends.
- Phil Long, one of the best known technology and education leaders in the world, a contributor to the Horizon Report, and the Director of the Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, will let us know what to watch for regarding technology innovation.
- Beverley Oliver, Professor and Director of Teaching and Learning at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, helps lead a major eportfolio program at Curtin, a major Australian University. She also has been instrumental in developing the annual ePortfolios Australia Conference. Beverley is one of the most entertaining speakers I’ve had the pleasure of listening to so we were very pleased when she agreed to speak at AAEEBL 2011.
- The International Panel of ePortfolio Leaders will be fascinating as you learn about how eportfolios “live” and thrive in other countries. You may be surprised to learn how differently educators in other countries use eportfolios. Darren Cambridge, with his long history of international travel on behalf of eportfolio research, moderates the panel with representatives from Canada, the U.K., Germany and Australia.
- Pre-Launch announcements about contents of The International Journal of ePortfolio. The first issue of IJeP will be available on Monday, August 15. But the authors and titles in this first issue will be announced at AAEEBL2011 during the Tuesday opening session. The launch of IJeP coincides with AAEEBL’s new scholarly initiative.
- I will comment on the development of the eportfolio scholarly field and the new scholarly initiative within AAEEBL. I will also report on AAEEBL’s new non-profit status and the implications of that status as AAEEBL seeks grants and forms collaborative relationships with other non-profits.
- Helen Chen, Gary Brown, and Jayme Jacobson will present preliminary results of the annual AAEEBL Survey.
- The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has it own series of sessions that run for the three days of the conference. (You will find these marked with the AAC&U logo in the full-day schedule listings linked to the main conference page.)
- The two FIPSE projects, at LaGuardia Community College and the University of Michigan, will have their own sessions. Learn about these two projects 6 months after the two projects launched.
- The theme for next year’s conference will be announced and we believe you will want to submit your proposal for AAEEBL2012 right after you hear about this theme! You will also be introduced to the new AAEEBL Board of Directors and the new Chair.
- AAEEBL 2011 has an amazing 100 sessions on eportfolios. The conference will pop this year; I hope very much to see you in Boston.
Trent Batson, AAEEBL executive director