March 2018 Meetup

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in the Field: An International Exploration of the AAEEBL & AAC&U Field Guide to ePortfolio

Wednesday, March 7, at 12 p.m. PT/1 p.m. MT/3 p.m. ET (U.S.)/8 p.m. GMT/UTC; Thursday, March 8, 7 a.m. (Melbourne), 9 a.m.(NZ)

Piloted by

Kathryn Coleman, University of Melbourne and AAEEBL Board Member

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Join us for a flight over the field in this AAEEBL/EPAC meetup that will survey the field guide concise essays. We will take off by looking at each concept developed in the 12 papers, and the questions that drove each topic area. Inflight, we will look at the big meaty ideas explored while you have time to consider what the key takeaways for your practices and pedagogies may be. Just before landing we will ask you for your soundbite and headline of the Field Guide trip, and how you may like to contribute to growing the field in the future.

Register here

Sponsored by the Association for Authentic, Experiential, Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) and the ePortfolio Action & Communication Community of Practice (EPAC) together with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

About our Captain

Kathryn Coleman is an artist, researcher and teacher. Her work focuses on the integration of digital pedagogies and digital portfolios for sustained creative practice and assessment. Kate is a Lecturer in Visual Arts and Design Teacher Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne Australia, AAEEBL Board member and InSEA World Councillor.

A bit of background before take off
The Field Guide instructions to interested AAEEBL members in Boston in 2015 included a message from then AAEEBL President, Dr Trent Batson:

“Peterson’s Field Guide to Birds is not aimed at other ornithologists but at novices.  It is for budding birders to identify birds, only one aspect of studying birds (bird behavior, species interaction, nesting, and etc are others).  The purpose could to attract more advocates for birds”.

This contextualised the guide and the purpose of such a collection of ideas and concepts in the AAEEBL community that resulted in the 2017 digital publication of The Field Guide to ePortfolio. Trent and Judy’s initial ideas were to support novices and educationalists new to portfolio pedagogy with a handbook if you will, in the big ideas as seen by the experts in the community. It was a big task, and one that grew out of a digital project management tool and Google Drive repository of concepts brainstormed at the AAEEBL Annual Meeting that summer.  The guide is now an open access curated collection of 12 concise papers and digital resources that continues to develop and grow with the help of AAEEBL members.

The Field Guide is available at

Anyone who is interested in joining the AAEEBL/EPAC Meetups is welcome to join by pre-registering for the session so that we can send you a participation link. This conversation will be recorded for later viewing. If you cannot attend the live session, please still register so that we can send you a link to the recording and also invite you to join future conversations. As we look to new ways to innovate and encourage greater engagement and opportunities for networking, we welcome both your enthusiasm and suggestions!

Please register for this event at by Monday, March 5.

PostDoc Fellowship at Georgia Tech

Postdoctoral Fellowship (KEEN)
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The Georgia Tech Biomedical Engineering Department’s KEEN Project is seeking to fill one full-time Postdoctoral Fellow position with a focus on the design and implementation of e-portfolio pedagogy across the engineering curriculum.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to the development of a research program to improve our understanding of how e-portfolio educational activities impact student learning. We are particularly interested in understanding how portfolios can help foster an entrepreneurial mindset within students, as well as develop their ability to craft compelling personal and professional narratives. The Postdoctoral Fellow will use a design-based implementation research approach in which they partner with students, faculty and other stakeholders, at Georgia Tech and other colleges of engineering, to ensure the novel portfolio approach that is developed will be useful and effective across a wide range of settings in engineering education. The fellow will work have the opportunity to work as part of a larger team dedicated to this initiative, and to participate in relevant meetings, conferences and workshops. Both qualitative and quantitative analyses will be conducted.

The postdoctoral fellow will work with the project co-PIs: Dr. Paul Benkeser, Dr. James Stubbs, and Dr. Joe Le Doux.

ePortfolio Action & Communication Community of Practice


Learn more about upcoming meetups, view past meetups, and sign up.

Joining EPAC is currently free and all community members share the following benefits:

  • Virtual interactions through online chats & discussions, audio and video conferences discussing ePortfolio-related issues, case studies, pedagogical approaches, assessment techniques and best practices;
  • Networking and face-to-face opportunities with EPAC members at conferences and meetings;
  • Exchange of resources via the EPAC email listserv and wiki;
  • Tracking of international and national conferences, requests for proposals and funding opportunities;
  • Active exploration and evaluation of tools and practices to support ePortfolio-related activities, reflective thinking, and community-building.

To join EPAC, subscribe to the listserv here.

Previously sponsored by the National Learning Infrastructure Initiative/Educause Learning Initiative and the American Association for Higher Education, the EPAC Community of Practice has been a leading resource on ePortfolios since October 2002.

Current EPAC co-facilitators include: Helen L. Chen (Stanford University) and John Ittelson (California State University Monterey Bay).  For more information or if you have any questions about EPAC, please contact Helen L. Chen.