AAEEBL Digital Ethics Task Force 2021-22

In response to rising concerns about digital ethics in ePortfolio practice, AAEEBL created a Digital Ethics Task Force charged with researching and articulating research-based practices for ePortfolios. The Task Force is a standing committee that accepts new participants in July of each year. Visit the most current version of our work, Digital Ethics Principles in ePortfolios: Version 2, for guidance and support on implementing ePortfolios with digital ethics at the forefront of this work.

Join the Task Force

The call for Year 3 participants is currently open and will close on September 1, 2021. The 2021-2022 year will focus on support and research. We plan to provide support for the community in the application of digital ethics principles through workshops and webinars with the Task Force members. Additionally, interested participants will conduct various research projects to add to the growing body of scholarship on ePortfolios with attention to digital ethics and labor.

If you’d like to participate, please fill in the application form and include:

  • CV/resume
  • Brief (300-500 words) statement describing your interest in participating and perspectives you bring to the team.

During its first year, the Task Force developed Digital Ethics Principles in ePortfolios: Version 1, which supports ePortfolio decision-making and practices across different locations and contexts, enabling important principles, strategies, scenarios, and additional resources to be accessed both interactively and in text formats. In year two, the Task Force revised the Principles document, with added attention to how digital ethical literacy intersects with the mass transition to online learning due to COVID-19. In addition to the recursive revision of the primary Principles document, the Task Force works to contribute to the scholarship on digital ethics through publications, conference attendance, and other professional networking opportunities.

2020-2021 Task Force Members

  • Megan Haskins (Co-Chair), University of Denver
  • Sarah Zurhellen (Co-Chair), Appalachian State University
  • Steve Bookman, Pace University
  • Amy Cicchino, Auburn University
  • Theresa Conefrey, Santa Clara University
  • Morgan Gresham, University of South Florida
  • Kristina Hoeppner, Catalyst, New Zealand
  • Kevin Kelly, San Francisco State University
  • Megan Mize, Old Dominion University
  • Christine Slade, University of Queensland, Australia
  • JW Turner, High Point University

2019-2020 Task Force Members

  • Amy Cicchino (Co-Chair), Auburn University
  • Megan Haskins (Co-Chair), Auburn University
  • Megan Crowley-Watson, Edward Waters University
  • Elaine Gray, Appalachian State University
  • Morgan Gresham, University of South Florida
  • Kristina Hoeppner, Catalyst, New Zealand 
  • Kevin Kelly, San Francisco State
  • Megan Mize, Old Dominion University
  • Christine Slade, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Heather Stuart, Auburn University
  • Sarah Zurhellen, Appalachian State University

Annual Meeting 2020 *Virtual Edition* Schedule of Events and Registration

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Registration is free but space is limited.  Register for the whole event or for the weeks of your choice.  To reserve your space click here.  Resources developed during the conference will be available to attendees through August.  Ongoing access to the community and resources will be available to AAEEBL members.  Click here to join the AAEEBL member community for full access to all our member benefits.

Each week will follow a similar format:

DayEvent
MondayAsynchronous Kick-Off Conversations with “Provocateurs”
TuesdayCollaboratory: Collaborative Resource Generation
WednesdaySynchronous Discussion/Activity
ThursdayGallery of Resources/Learning from Week
FridaySynchronous Workshop/Playshop

Week 1: ”Doing It Right (or Doing the Right Thing) in a Changing World: Considering the Role of Portfolio Pedagogy in Pivots to Online or Blended Learning Environments”

We will explore the ways that portfolio pedagogies can support effective learning in any environment, while paying special attention to the affordances of the online environment for both learners and teachers. Participants will collaborate to identify opportunities and challenges in their contexts for leveraging these practices, with special consideration given to the importance of “doing the right thing” in a changing world.

Week 2: ”Digital Ethics & Portfolios: Considering the Importance of Ethics in Our New Environment”

Together we will answer questions related to digital ethics and use the answers to generate effective practices for our work. What does it mean to be ethical in the digital environment? What ethical considerations must we take into account when designing ePortfolio implementations? How do we ensure equity and access in a rapidly changing world?

Week 3: “Leveraging Stakeholders in the Pivot: The Role of Student Affairs, Faculty Development, and Assessment in Portfolio Pedagogies”

Who are the stakeholders that we need to engage to ensure that portfolio practices and technologies are supported? What opportunities for collaboration exist as we move through the shifting context of higher education? How can we more fully support student success by engaging partners across our institutions?
 In this week, we explore these questions with specific attention to developing approaches that will enable the success of all our students on our campuses.

Week 4: “Weaving Things Together: Leveraging High Impact Practices in the Online/Blended Environment”

More than ever, we need to weave together our learning to support our students’ success. This week, we bring together the co-created activities and strategies to develop our own High Impact Practices.

Join us for FREE! Attend the Annual Meeting 2020 *Virtual Edition*

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During this time of global pandemic and in response to calls for equity and access in higher education and beyond, we have decided to offer free access to our Annual Meeting this summer to our communities. Whether you have participated in AAEEBL events in the past or are new to portfolio practices and pedagogies, you are invited to join us for the Virtual Edition of our Annual meeting!  Spread over four weeks in July, this year’s annual event allows participants to leverage learning in our other meetups and online events.  The annual meeting focuses specifically on knowledge sharing and community building around the theme, “Doing It Right: ePortfolios, Ethics, and Technologies” paying particular attention to our current global context of COVID-19.  Each week includes curated asynchronous content as well as synchronous opportunities for deep discussion and community knowledge building.  Throughout the conference, participants will be encouraged to build the learning into their own contexts and share their learning with other attendees through co-creation of a conference portfolio.  Each week will include a combination of asynchronous and synchronous events, with the expectation that participants will finish the week having developed their thinking to apply to their own context.

Registration is free but space is limited.  You can register for the weeks of your choice by clicking here. Resources developed during the conference will be available to attendees through August.  Ongoing access to the community and resources will be available to AAEEBL members.  Click here to join the AAEEBL member community for full access to all our member benefits.

Week 1: ”Doing It Right (or Doing the Right Thing) in a Changing World: Considering the Role of Portfolio Pedagogy in Pivots to Online or Blended Learning Environments”

This week explores the ways that portfolio pedagogies can support effective learning in any environment, while paying special attention to the affordances of the online environment for both learners and teachers. Participants will collaborate to identify opportunities and challenges in their contexts for leveraging these practices in their own contexts, with special consideration given to the importance of “doing the right thing” in a changing world.

Week 2: ”Digital Ethics & Portfolios: Considering the Importance of Ethics in Our New Environment”

Together we will answer questions related to digital ethics and use the answers to generate effective practices for our work. What does it mean to be ethical in the digital environment? What ethical considerations must we take into account when designing ePortfolio implementations? How do we ensure equity and access in a rapidly changing world?

Week 3: “Leveraging Stakeholders in the Pivot: The Role of Student Affairs, Faculty Development, and Assessment in Portfolio Pedagogies”

Who are the stakeholders that we need to engage to ensure that portfolio practices and technologies are supported? What opportunities for collaboration exist as we move through the shifting context of higher education? How can we more fully support student success by engaging partners across our institutions?
 In this week, we explore these questions with specific attention to developing approaches that will enable the success of all our students on our campuses.

Week 4: “Weaving Things Together: Leveraging High Impact Practices in the Online/Blended Environment”

More than ever, we need to weave together our learning to support our students’ success. This week, we bring together the co-created activities and strategies to develop our own High Impact Practices.

Featured Presenters
Kathleen Blake Yancey (Florida State University)
David Hubert & Emily Dibble (Salt Lake Community College)
Lisa Donaldson (ePortfolio Ireland)
Allison Miller (eportfolios Australia)
Gerry Hanley (MERLOT)
Tracy Penny Light (AAEEBL) and Helen L. Chen (Stanford University)
Candyce Reynolds & Sonja Taylor (Portland State University)
AAEEBL Digital Ethics Task Force
Terrel Rhodes (AAC&U)
C. Edward Watson (AAC&U)
Additional Presenters TBA

Digital Ethics Principles in ePortfolios

The recent rapid response to remote delivery in educational institutions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the urgent need for the articulation of best practices in digital ethics. Digital ethics underpins all activity in the online environment and interacts with other important digital concepts, such as digital literacies, digital citizenship, and digital identity. The use of ePortfolios provide an exemplar of the many and various ways digital ethics impact our students and, as such, is the focus of this document.

This resource was created by a task force and published in 2020 to guide students, professionals, educators, administrators, and platform providers in navigating ePortfolio practices across ten principles of digital ethics. These principles are illustrated in the graphic below. Click on the principle you are interested in learning more about to read a short summary abstract. To see the full text of this principle, follow the link contained in that abstract. If you would like to review the full document, you can begin here.

Click on any of the boxes for further info about the principles.

This resource was created by the AAEEBL Digital Ethics Task Force: Amy Cicchino (Auburn University), Megan Haskins (Auburn University), Megan Crowley-Watson (Edward Waters College), Elaine Gray (Appalachian State University), Morgan Gresham (University of South Florida), Kristina Hoeppner (Catalyst, New Zealand), Kevin Kelly (San Francisco State University), Megan Mize (Old Dominion University), Christine Slade (University of Queensland), Heather Stuart (Auburn University), and Sarah Zurhellen (Appalachian State University). This homepage was built by Alexi Orchard.

How to Contribute to This Document and the Field

This document represents a year-long project led by the AAEEBL Digital Ethics Task Force. A year is not long enough to represent digital ethics in its entirety. Further, our topic (digital ethics) is a fluid one that is going to change as technologies advance and legal and socio-political contexts evolve. We need contribution from the AAEEBL community to continue to develop this resource.

If you would like to contribute to these principles by suggesting additional principles, strategies, resources, or scenarios, please email aaeebldigitaltaskforce@gmail.com with suggested updates. Please include the following information in your email:

  • Where in the existing document you would place this addition?
  • What does this addition contribute to the overall document?
  • Who is the intended audience for the resource?

If you would like to join the Digital Task Force Committee, please look for the open call next summer.

Cassandra Volpe Horii

AAEEBL is delighted to welcome Cassandra Volpe Horii as one of the keynote speakers for this year’s conference.  In this role, he will give our closing keynote for the Annual Meeting in July.Horii

Dr. Horii earned her B.A. in Physics (Summa Cum Laude) at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Ph.D. at Harvard University in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, with a focus on Atmospheric Chemistry and Biosphere-Atmosphere Exchange, in Professor Steven Wofsy’s group. Her research was done in collaboration with Dr. Mark Zahniser and colleagues of the Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry group at Aerodyne Research.

Dr. Horii has led teaching and learning related initiatives, programs, and centers for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in her prior roles as Dean of the Faculty and Founding Director of the Faculty Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Innovation at Curry College in Milton, MA, and as Associate Director of the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University. She has created and taught courses in atmospheric and environmental science for majors and non-majors, environmental chemistry for undergraduate and graduate students, first-year expository writing, freshman seminar, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) pedagogy.

In addition to publications on spectroscopic measurements of tropospheric reactive nitrogen trace gas concentrations and fluxes, her articles and talks have addressed topics such as student writing in the sciences, adult learning theories, peer teaching mentors, learner-centered teaching, educational technology, STEM education, and faculty/educational development. She has been the recipient of grants, fellowships, and awards from the Association of American Universities, National Science Foundation, Davis Educational Foundation, NASA Earth System Science program, American Geophysical Union, Merck Foundation, Phi Beta Kappa, and Boettcher Foundation.

Dr. Horii is President of the POD Network in Higher Education, a national professional organization dedicated to advancing the research and practice of educational development in higher education since 1976. This is her second year of an elected three-year term on the Executive Committee and she has previously served on the POD Network Board of Directors and as Conference Co-chair. She serves on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education.