AAEEBL/AAC&U Summer Institute

AAEEBL is pleased to collaborate with AAC&U to offer a Summer Institute on “ePortfolios for Authentic Student Learning and Success”

A New Institute Model

In January 2020, AAC&U and AAEEBL is launching a new institute on ePortfolios, and a new Institute model.  The Institute on ePortfolios for Authentic Student Learning and Success provides a year-long engagement opportunity for campus and/or state system teams seeking to actualize an ambitious strategy to broaden student engagement with ePortfolios.  The new model directly engages with the ePortfolio Institute teams throughout an academic year via in-person and virtual interactions as participants’ implementation plans are put into practice.

Institute Design

Designed for those seeking to instantiate ePortfolios beyond a single course or major, this institute will help teams of faculty, staff, and administrators design and implement ePortfolio processes and technologies in large scale adoptions.  Campuses and/or systems considering ePortfolios for general education purposes or to capture the full range of the undergraduate student experience would be among those ideally suited for this institute.  This institute also represents an opportunity for a campus to develop formal collaborations between academic and student affairs in the service of student learning and success.

The inaugural ePortfolio Institute will begin in July 2020. The 2020 AAEEBL Annual Meeting will kick-off the Institute activities and events. Utilizing the ePortfolio Implementation Framework (Penny Light, Chen & Ittelson, 2012), participating teams will design their own implementation plan for bridging curricular and/or co-curricular learning with ePortfolios.    Institute faculty will serve as partners for campus plan development.  Campus teams can expect consultative opportunities to interact with Institute faculty virtually throughout the Fall and Spring terms as their plan progresses and is implemented. In January 2021, AAC&U’s Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios will provide an opportunity for ePortfolio Institute teams to reconvene face-to-face with select Institute faculty to examine implementation progress and challenges. The 2021 AAEEBL Annual Meeting will host closing activities and events.

Who Should Attend

The Institute on ePortfolios for Authentic Student Learning and Success is designed for any campus, system, or consortium engaged in redesigning learning for students using ePortfolios. Attendees can be at any stage in the process of thinking through ePortfolio approaches and issues emerging from their respective needs and circumstances. Teams should include a diverse set of colleagues and may include a senior academic officer, faculty members, learning technologies professionals, student affairs leaders.  Your team may also include assessment and curriculum specialists and others with logical and active roles in advancing ePortfolios, student learning, and student success on campus. Although not restricted, a typical team size would consist of five individuals.

Institute Goals and Action Plans

Teams attending the Institute will complete preparatory work to maximize their learning when they arrive at the kick-off event at the AAEEBL 2020 Annual Meeting. Each team will complete an implementation plan over the course of the initial convening. Teams will use their time together to discover new approaches and to create, strategize, and rehearse their plans. The Institute schedule at the AAEEBL 2020 Annual Meeting features:

  • daily team time to work on action plans;
  • individual team consultations with Institute faculty;
  • plenary sessions, facilitated discussions, and interactions with other campus teams; and
  • reflection and skill-building sessions

After the AAEEBL 2020 Annual Meeting, scheduled opportunities to re-connect virtually and at several meetings through the year (AAC&U ePortfolio Forum, NASPA Summer Conference, AAEEBL Annual Meeting) are also part of the schedule.

Institute Schedule

As this is a yearlong experience, beginning in July 2020, there are multiple opportunities for engagement, planning, and implementation.  They include the following

January 2020 (Washington, DC)

Launch Session at the AAC&U ePortfolio Forum: More information and application process

March 2020

Webinar for more information and models of practice

July 20-23, 2020 AAEEBL Annual Meeting (Salt Lake Community College)

  • Monday July 20 – Day 1 of the Institute
  • Tues-Thurs July 21-23 – AAEEBL Annual Meeting Sessions/Individualized Consultations
  • Thursday July 23, 1-5pm – Day 2 of the Institute

November 2020

  • Online meetings with Teams and Facilitators

January 2021 AAC&U Annual Meeting, ePortfolio Forum (Seattle, WA)

  • Friday Afternoon – ½ day session
  • Saturday – Forum Presentations by Teams
  • Saturday 4-8pm – Institute Wrap-Up

Spring 2021

  • Online meetings with Teams and Facilitators

June/July 2021

  • Present projects at NASPA or AAEEBL Annual Meetings

July 2021

  • Online debrief projects with mentors and other teams