AAEEBL 2022 Call for Proposals

Change to the conference format

The AAEEBL Annual Meeting 2022 will take place fully online on July 21 and 22.

The call for proposals is closed.

Submit a proposal by March 15, 2022, for:

Proposal Review: March 15-28, 2022

Proposals Accepted: end of March 2022 (presenters confirmed by mid-April)

To prepare for several possible future eventualities, AAEEBL is planning to conduct the July 2022 event as a co-modal/hybrid flexible/dual mode experience to accommodate people who are unable/unwilling to travel.

A Changed World for ePortfolios: Opportunities for Design Justice*, Effective Implementation, and Assessment

The inequities in higher education surfaced by the COVID-19 pandemic require an ongoing commitment to rethinking the ways that we design ePortfolio implementations so that they center those who are often marginalized unintentionally.  AAEEBL has a long history of, and commitment to, practices and pedagogies that enable learners to document and reflect on their learning.  Indeed, ePortfolio pedagogies and research have demonstrated the importance of creating space for learners to share the ways that they connect and transfer learning between and among contexts.  While these practices are often intended to be liberatory, how might we be inadvertently reinforcing systems and structures that are oppressive and/or marginalizing?   

The 2022 AAEEBL Conference explores the ways that designers of ePortfolio implementations can leverage the principles of design justice, successful implementation frameworks, and authentic assessment strategies to create more equitable and inclusive practices aimed at fostering belonging for all.  We will focus particular emphasis on three areas: (1) the ways that ePortfolio designs can and should be justice-oriented and how those designs can improve and enhance higher education; (2) how applying an effective implementation framework using a stakeholders approach for ePortfolios and other high-impact practices can sustain, heal, and empower all members of our community;  and (3) the ways that authentic assessment strategies can center marginalized voices for a variety of purposes (ie. Institutional assessment and accreditation efforts, effective course and program design).  We look forward to sessions that appeal to experienced ePortfolio practitioners, to those who are relatively new to the field, and to those who are exploring the possibility of implementing ePortfolios at their institution.

Proposal topics might flow from these and other questions:

  • How should we consider the principles of design when implementing ePortfolios?
  • What and how should we engage stakeholders in designing effective and socially-just ePortfolio implementations on our campuses?
  • How can we most effectively promote equity, access, inclusion, and belonging through ePortfolio implementations?
  • What practices (e.g., pedagogies, integrations, assessments, reflections, showcases, professional development) have proven to be successful in creating authentic assessments?
  • How does technology expand and/or constrain the scope of our vision for ePortfolios that are designed with justice in mind? 

*Design Justice: “An approach to design that is led by marginalized communities and that aims to explicitly challenge, rather than reproduce, structural inequalities.” (Costanza-Chock, 2020)

Information Needed to Make a Submission:

Session Formats

Choose one format option from this list:

Sessions that Span Online and In-Person Sessions

1.    Presentation/Workshop (Online + In-Person)–In the online portion, presenters deliver a presentation that provides background information and some teaser breakout sessions that are valuable in themselves but also set up a follow-on in-person workshop on July 21-22. The online session will be recorded so that participants who missed it can be prompted to watch it before they come to SLCC for the workshop portion. (20 min. online + 1 hour in-person)

2.    Ideation/Discussion–In the online portion, presenters outline a provocative or new way of thinking–e.g., “ePortfolios can fit into an institution’s antiracism toolkit,” or “ePortfolios in an ungrading paradigm.” The online session allows presenters to sketch a variety of thoughts around the topic, and it finishes with a participant brainstorming session the goal of which is to flesh out discussion topics for either an in-person panel discussion or a more freeform in-person discussion forum on July 21-22. (1 hour online/1 hour in-person panel or discussion)

Virtual Sessions

  1. Concise Presentations: Concise presentations provide opportunities for presentation and discussion of research, informed practice, works in progress, reports on specialized topics, pilot studies, or brief reports on innovative practice in technology-supported teaching and learning.  (Two 20 minute presentations in a 1 hour window, with time for discussion)
  2. Workshops: Workshops are intended to enhance hands-on skills and broaden attendees’ perspectives on ePortfolios. They should be interactive and designed to introduce a rigorous framework for learning a new area or to provide advanced training in an area. Submissions will be selected on the basis of the facilitator’s description of the learning outcomes, participatory design of the session, and its contribution to the overall conference program and AAEEBL mission (1 hour)
  3. Ignite Presentations: An Ignite presentation is part of a 1-hour session where 8 “igniters” provoke an open dialogue with the community through a fast-paced and image-only PowerPoint presentation. This 5-minute (20 slides advancing every 15 seconds) “ignite” should focus on innovative teaching ideas, creative project processes, and/or developed project outcomes related to the conference theme. (5 minutes in a 1 hour time window)

Name of Presenter(s)

List the names of presenters, with the lead presenter listed first, along with the email contact for each:

Session Title

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Session Description for Program

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Additional Information

Proposals for Conversation Sessions should list the questions to be used to facilitate discussion. Proposals for Workshops should discuss the learning outcomes, the participatory design of the session, and its contribution to the conference theme and AAEEBL mission. Proposals for Presentations and Ignite Sessions should address what needs(s) the topic(s) address 

Target Audience

Choose one target audience from the list:

  1. Beginner
  2. Intermediate
  3. Expert

Presenter Experience with ePortfolios

Choose one level of presenter experience from the list:

  1. Beginner
  2. Intermediate
  3. Expert