I had the privilege of attending the The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) conference that took place on April 20-21, 2013 on the campus of Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). The conference was hosted by SLCC and featured speakers from across the western United States, including some participants from as far away as Pasadena California and Alaska.
The main focus of the conference was on how to encorporate ePortfolios (e.g. this blog and similar student and professional blogs) into coursework in institutions of higher learning. The conference featured several workshops on a wide range of ePortfolio topics, including how to use an ePortfolio to flip a classroom, the use of narratives in ePortfolio development, and ePortfolios in a diverse education environment.
I also had the opportunity to give a presentation and workshop during the Friday session of the conference. My presentation was titled “Re-imagining ePortfolios Assignments” Conference Presentation. In brief, I described changes that I had made to coursework in my classes to improve student ePortfolio signature assignments, which included several before and after examples of student work. I then invited audience members to work together in groups and reevaluate their own signature assignments and find possible improvements.
To me, this was a very instructive experience. Not only did I learn a lot about ePortfolios and educational pedagogy via my interactions with speakers and other audience members, but it was also a way for me to reevaluate my own understanding and use of ePortfolios. I look forward to using my increased knowledge to further improve my classroom.