DC – AAC&U ePortfolio Forum

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February 2, 2018 by Dr. G

I’ve been exploring the idea of having students generate ePortfolios in my courses – specifically, the courses that count towards the new Earth Sustainability Certificate now being listed at Penn State Brandywine. I feel that it is important for students to share what they have learned in my courses in ways that showcase their new content knowledge and skill sets, but also helps them reflect upon their learning. Besides, I always tell students that it doesn’t benefit anyone if the only person they share their learning with is me, the instructor!

I was pleased to see that Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) hosts a full-day event dedicated to ePortfolios after their annual meeting – and this year, the meeting was in DC (just an Amtrak trip away!). So I went ahead and registered for the 9th Annual Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios. The theme of this year’s forum was “EPORTFOLIOS AND THE AMERICAN DREAM: Empowering Students to Take Ownership of Their Futures.”

The one-day meeting had plenary and concurrent sessions. Below are the sessions that I attended, along with some of the notes I made. (Not really live-tweeting, but still some important summaries of what was covered at the forum)

What did I learn at the end of the day? I learned that there is MUCH more to ePortfolios than I thought! I appreciate the diversity of speakers and topics. I’m excited to use the AAC&U VALUE rubrics to assist me as I develop this activity for students. And I can’t wait to use the technology platform for these course-/certificate-based ePortfolios. First, I have much background preparation to do this summer, if I want to implement ePortfolios in the fall semester…

 

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  1. […] a few activities for me in these early months of 2018. After the ePortfolio forum at AAC&U (my last blog post), I headed out to Arizona in February to do a grant panel review. It was quite chilly in […]

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