The 5th AAEEBL Annual Conference
Engaged Learning and ePortfolios:
Advancing Learning-Centered Cultures in a Multimodal Age
AAEEBL and the eportfolio community have long recognized that eportfolios and information technology can fundamentally alter – have fundamentally altered – how people learn. We see that "alternative” learning opportunities – experiential learning, service learning, internships and more -- have moved from the fringes to the center on many campuses. But we also see that higher education as a whole is mired in a course system and a credit system that are like the tiny ropes holding down Gulliver in Lilliput.
ePortfolios and enlightened use of all corollary IT infrastructure and applications that enable eportfolio practices are the ultimate high-impact practice of today: all high-impact practices are brought to a higher level by using eportfolios. ePortfolios offer a way for higher education to move toward an appropriate paradigm for today. The new paradigm is not only "vocationalization” or "tracking student outcomes toward learning goals” but a sweeping new way to learn and to credential learning.
AAEEBL and the eportfolio community have been pushing the new paradigm for many years. Last July we announced the "coming of age” of eportfolios as the percentage of higher education students using eportfolio rose above the 50% mark in the U. S. This year, for our Annual Conference, we look at "Engaged Learning” a term being adopted in higher education that seems to point in a direction harmonious with the goals of the eportfolio community.
The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL, pronounced "able") is a non-profit, professional organization whose mission is to deepen learning and to transform institutions with electronic portfolios and other learner-centered technologies online that support lifelong, 21st Century educational and career growth.