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Understanding the Evolution of E-Portfolio Practice: Where Do We Go from Here?

Date: January 13, 2014

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Special Guests

Gary BrownGary Brown

Gary Brown is the academic director and co-director for research for the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) and a Senior Fellow with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Gary has been involved educational technologies since the 80s. He has been a National Learning Communities Fellow, a leader assessing critical thinking, and, in collaboration with EDUCAUSE, he helped lead the Transformative Assessment Practices (TAPS) project. Gary has also worked on the assessment of outcomes and costs of educational innovations, and he served for many years as the assessment editor for Innovate, one of the first peer-reviewed online journals. Gary has received seven awards for best research, and he was a recipient of the Pacific Northwest's first annual award for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.

Helen L. ChenHelen L. Chen

Helen L. Chen is the director of e-portfolio initiatives in the Office of the Registrar and a research scientist in the Designing Education Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. She is a co-founder and co-facilitator of EPAC, a community of practice focusing on pedagogical and technological issues related to e-portfolios. Helen works closely with Association of American Colleges and Universities as a member of the Assessment Advisory Group for the Quality Collaboratives project and as a faculty member for the Institute on General Education and Assessment. She is also the director of research for AAEEBL and a senior scholar on LaGuardia Community College's FIPSE-funded Connect to Learning project. Helen and her colleagues Tracy Penny-Light and John Ittelson are the authors of Documenting Learning with ePortfolios: A Guide for College Instructors (2011, Wiley).



Join Malcolm Brown and Veronica Diaz as they moderate this webinar with Gary Brown and Helen Chen. According to ECAR's annual study of undergraduate students and IT, seven times as many students reported using e-portfolios in 2012 to facilitate their academic success as compared to 2010 (52% versus 7%). To better understand this marked growth, researchers have employed both quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate how e-portfolio practice by institutions, faculty, and students is evolving in higher education. This webinar will highlight emerging findings from several sources including the annual membership survey of the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) and LaGuardia Community College's Connect to Learning project. With a focus on how different methodological approaches are resulting in diverse insights into e-portfolio practice as well as informing new research directions for the field of e-portfolios, this webinar will engage attendees in a conversation about outlining a research agenda for e-portfolio practice and what kinds of methods and approaches would be the most effective in addressing these issues.

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