Call for Members: AAEEBL Taskforce on Ethics and ePortfolios

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As part of our yearlong exploration of digital ethics and ePortfolios, AAEEBL is supporting several collaborative efforts to develop resources to inform and support ePortfolio practice. Open to AAEEBL members as a benefit of membership, this task force will identify and research digital ethical issues related to ePortfolio use and outline principles, resources, and recommendations to guide students, faculty, administrators, employers and other key stakeholders. The task force will be led by Dr. Amy Cicchino, Megan Haskins, and Heather Stuart from the Office of University Writing, Auburn University with support from the AAEEBL Board. Members will meet twice a month from October 2019 – July 2020 with service to the task force constituting no more than 4 hours per month. Specific work products will be decided by the task force members and shared through various venues, formats, and platforms including the AAEEBL website, webinars, conferences, and other publications.

Interested in Applying?

By 11:59 pm local time on October 1, 2019, please complete the task force application at and include a current CV, resume, or ePortfolio and a brief statement (300-500 words) describing why you are interested in participating, your experience with ePortfolios, and what you can bring to the team.

Have questions? Please email

AAEEBL 2019 Annual Meeting Graphical Takeaways

Presenters from 78% of the AAEEBL 2019 Annual Meeting sessions created Graphical Takeaways.

We invite you to explore the AAEEBL 2019 Annual Meeting Graphical Takeaway collection and to reach out directly to the presenters with your questions and comments.

Download a PDF of the entire collection here. If you require access to a text-only version, please fill out this form.

Click here to learn more about the presenters and sessions at the AAEEBL 2019 Annual Meeting held on July 2019 at Bronx Community College and view the official program.

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AAEEBL Graphical Takeaways

Have you ever been at a conference and had to choose between two really interesting sessions? Or, have you ever looked at the program for a meeting you weren’t going to attend and thought, “I wish I could see that session”?

We have all been in these situations, which is why we decided to create and pilot the concept of the Graphical Takeaway at the AAEEBL 2019 Annual Meeting.

The Graphical Takeaway is based on the concept of a graphical abstract typically used in journal articles in science fields and defined as “a single, concise, pictorial and visual summary of the main findings” (Elsevier, 2019. para. 1).

All presenters as well as keynote speakers were invited to submit one slide highlighting the big idea or takeaway from their session including a brief description, 1-2 images, and in some cases QR codes linking to the slide deck, project website, or ePortfolio.

We invite you to explore the AAEEBL 2019 Annual Meeting Graphical Takeaways and to reach out directly to the presenters with your questions and comments.

We also welcome your feedback on the Graphical Takeaway concept, as it is our hope to be able to continue using this approach to document innovations in emerging ePortfolio research and teaching and learning applications presented at future conferences and meetings.

If you are interested in learning more about adopting Graphical Takeaways for your own use, we would be happy to talk with you about our process. Please fill out this form with any questions and comments and/or contact AAEEBL Board Members, Helen L. Chen and Jessica Chittum.


Please find links to presentations and videos shared by AAEEBL colleagues at our YouTube channel AAEEBL Connect

2019 Annual Meeting – Bronx Community College

Transformational Cases in Australia

Keynote: Amelia Parnell “Collaboration as a Lever for Change”

Batson Lecture: Helen Chen “From Ed Tech Fad to Field of Study”

2018 Annual Meeting – Capilano University

Keynote: Gianina Baker “Emerging Trends in Assessing Student Learning”

Keynote: Cassandra Volpe Horii “Lessons from the Field of Education Development”

“Designing an ePortfolio Curriculum: Possible Models, Possible Opportunities”

Batson Lecture: Terrel Rhodes “Lift Every Voice: ePortfolio for Creating and Integrating”

Jan Unwin “Continuing on the Journey of Transforming Education in BC: Portfolios 2.0”

Ignite Presentations 2018

2017 Annual Meeting – Portland State University

Susan Kahn “Getting Better All the Time: An ePortfolio Moves from the Margin to the Center”

Paul Wasko “Most Scholarships are Simply Portfolios”

Elise Mueller “The White Glove Treatment”

Sarah Brown “A Methodology for Introducing Students to Attendant Images”

Tilisa Thibodeaux & Dwayne Harapnuik

Loren McDermott “Engaging True Student Success Through Purpose”

Cierra Stanton “Views of a General Education ePortfolio”

Julie Ambrose et al. “Creating a Meta Profile Collaboratively”

Thomas Black “Empowering Students to Tell their Story”

AAEEBL Global Twitter Chats

AAEEBL Global Twitter Chat: ePortfolio Ownership and Ethics November 4-5, 2019 (see times below)

This global Twitter chat will have 3 live chat times (listed below) with a slow chat between each session, ending at Midnight GMT on November 5, 2019. Join us by following and posting on Twitter using the hashtag #eportchat.

Description: Who owns an eportfolio?  the student? the institution? a program? an instructor?  A foundational aspect of ePortfolio practice is an emphasis on student ownership, which fosters student agency, metacognitive skills, active learning, and integration of experiences. All of these principles promote deeper learning. However, when ePortfolio use is tied to program or course requirements, are we ethically aligned to the principles and stated values of eportfolio experience? In this twitter chat, we will explore the tension among ePortfolio ownership, ethics, and common practices that support ePortfolio initiatives.

chart of chat times for different global regions
Map showing the different time zones for the twitter chat

What is a Twitter Chat?

Following a suggestion from Samantha Veneruso (@professorsv), the AAEEBL community has been experimenting with the Twitter Chat format as a way to explore emerging questions and cross-cutting issues that are relevant not just to ePortfolio practitioners but are also being explored in related communities in #OER, #Openped #eportfolio, #criticalpedagogy, among others. These online events typically include “live” and “slow ” (asynchronous) chats that take place over several days and are timed to encourage participation by ePortfolio practitioners around the world.

Check out our previous twitter chats below:

Defining Digital Ethics and ePortfolios (August 2019): Moderated by Helen L. Chen (@helenlchen), Kevin Kelly (@KevinKelly0), Misty M. Kirby (@OneLove_mk), and Samantha Veneruoso (@professorsv) and consisting of two active moderated chats (one in the North America and another in Australasia) with the #eportchat hashtag kept open for ongoing posting and participation. View the summary of our discussion and associated resources and the transcript captured in Wakelet.

Why ePortfolios? Why now? (April 2019): Check out the tweets captured via Wakelet.

New to Twitter Chats?

Check out some helpful resources here about how they work:

Gallery 2019

Snapshots from our Annual Meeting 2019 at Bronx Community College

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Coming soon: Stay tuned for videos of Keynote speakers from this conference

Workshop Session
Digital Ethics Forum
Workshop Session
Student Panel (from left): Lucas Adelino (Auburn University), Kimberly Paur (Salt Lake Community College), Stephanie Calderon Vasquez (John Jay College), Jacqueline Aguilar (John Jay College), Alexi Orchard (Thompson Rivers University), Tracy Penny Light (panel mediator)
Evening Reception and Poster Presentations

Get Involved with AAEEBL

AAEEBL represents a vibrant and collegial ePortfolio community with opportunities for engagement both in face-to-face and virtual settings. The following are some of the ways you can connect with other ePortfolio professionals through AAEEBL:

  • Register for one of our virtual Meetups co-sponsored with the EPAC ePortfolio Community of Practice
  • Access one of our open access resources including the AAEEBL ePortfolio Review, Field Guide to ePortfolio sponsored by AAEEBL and the Association of American Colleges & Universities, or the International Journal of ePortfolio
  • Join one of our conferences — this year, the AAEEBL Annual Meeting will be held at in New York City, July 15-18, 2019.  Past conferences have taken place in Vancouver, British Columbia for our 2018 Annual Meeting in July and a regional meeting was held in Dublin, Ireland in May 2018
  • Volunteer to be added to our AAEEBL directory (we are listing volunteers by geography, area of focus, and technology choice)
  • Join AAEEBL as a member and get involved in a Special Interest Group (current topics include Practices & Pedagogies, Technology, and Research)

If you have questions about connecting with the AAEEBL community, please send an email to