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”

About the Institute

The 2020 Institute on ePortfolios and Student Success will help campus and state system teams advance student success by leveraging the affordances of ePortfolios. Teams will work with Institute faculty to identify the different stakeholder perspectives on their campus needed to foster meaning making and authentic learning of students so that they are prepared for lifelong learning and success.  

Drawing on evidence-based research that demonstrates a positive relationship between student participation in high-impact practices (HIPs) and improved student outcomes, teams will define and develop practices that intentionally bring together curricular and cocurricular practices to support student engagement, advance curricular coherence, and generate equitable outcomes. Utilizing the ePortfolio Implementation Framework (Penny Light, Chen & Ittelson, 2012), participating teams will design an implementation plan for bridging curricular and co-curricular learning with ePortfolios.  

Campuses will examine efforts to implement educational change and bring effective practices to scale in a time of limited resources. The Institute program addresses ambitious goals for improving both completion rates and the quality of student learning, and it is highly relevant for institutions at various stages of work.

Institute Goals and Action Plans

The Institute will help campuses, higher education systems, and consortia intentionally embed effective ePortfolio practices into their everyday practices. Campus teams attending the Institute complete preparatory work to maximize their learning when they arrive. Each team completes an implementation plan over the course of the Institute. Teams use their time together to discover new approaches and to create and rehearse their plans. The Institute schedule 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
  • opportunities to re-connect at several meetings through the year (AAC&U ePortfolio Forum, NASPA Summer Conference, AAEEBL Annual Meeting).

Institute Schedule

November 2019

Webinar for more information

January 2020 (Washington, DC)

Session at the AAC&U/AAEEBL ePortfolioforum: More information and application process

July 20-23, 2020 (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)

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

June/July 2021

  • Present projects at NASPA or AAEEBL Annual Meetings

July 2021

  • Online debrief projects with mentors and other teams