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Hello colleagues -- AAEEBL is about learning, the new forms of learning emerging now. AAEEBL is The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning. Below are some highlights. Best, Trent Hi, all -- Our Annual Conference in Boston is 4 days long, Monday is the pre-conference day and Tuesday-Thursday is the full conference. Register at http://aaeebl.org/2012conference Our Monday program, unlike previous conferences, includes a plenary session leader, Peter Elbow, Author of Vernacular Eloquence, published this year. The opportunity to spend 3 hours with one of the most enlightened scholars regarding how we use and how we teach writing -- and now, how we can use speech to improve writing -- is rare and not to be missed. Also, for the first time, if you register for Peter Elbow's pre-conference workshop, you can also attend Joseph Ugoretz' workshop on The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and ePortfolios or Wende Garrison's workshop on The Essential ePortfolio for no additional cost. Join a conversations session with Peter later in the conference. On Tuesday, spend plenary session time with Barbara Cambridge of the National Council of Teachers of English and a Co-Director of the Inter/National Center for ePortfolio Research, along with Darren Cambridge of the American Institutes of Research and Kathleen Yancey of Florida State University. And then join her at her Conversations session later in the day. On Wednesday, Gillie Bolton will help us understand reflective writing more fully and with new perspectives. Reflection, we have come to understand, is a metacognitive skill at the core of eportfolio value for learners, but also a skill necessary to life. You can also spend time with Gillie during a Conversations session later in the day. The Thursday plenary session leader is Todd Zakrajzek of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who offers ideas for how to make classroom learning lively and engaging. As he is the closing plenary, his conversations session occurs before his session, on Thursday morning. We have over 100 sessions in 8 concurrent rooms, all of which are focused on eportfolios in one of these four tracks: documenting learning, assessment, life-long and life-wide learning, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. For those of you who are from AAEEBL member institutions, or who are individual members from outside the U. S., join us on Tuesday right after sessions end for the very first AAEEBL members meeting, led by the AAEEBL Executive Team. On Tuesday and Wednesday, join our featured poster sessions -- we encouraged people to submit posters this year because we know poster sessions can provide an intense social and learning time, especially if refreshments are part of the poster session. The posters are from 1 to 2 in the foyer near the conference registration table. AAEEBL and Campus Technology share an exhibit hall with hundreds of booths and vendors with technology products for education. The Exhibit Hall is open on Tuesday and Wednesday in the middle of the day. On Tuesday late afternoon, join us at the Reception in the Exhibit Hall. AAEEBL is a global association. You may meet people from around the world. ePortfolios have different flavors outside of the U. S. Talking with eportfolio leaders outside of the U. S., for me, has been enlightening. The AAEEBL Conference, in the end, is a great and grand social event. Our community is made up of visionaries, risk-takers, change-agents, and just plain committed professionals who understand that education is going through very deep and sweeping changes. I look forward to seeing you in Boston. Register at http://aaeebl.org/2012conference Best Regards Trent ------------------------------ Trent Batson, Ph.D., Executive Director The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL: www.aaeebl.org) 401-465-0439 mobile 401-884-5657 home office skype: trent_batson ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
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