Wallenberg Hall at Stanford University

The Summer Institute at Wallenberg Hall

Using ePortfolios for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
August 10-12, 2009
Wallenberg Hall, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California


Description: Electronic portfolios (ePortfolios) are more than just a technology: they represent an important learning approach that implies a process of planning, keeping track of, making sense of, and sharing evidence of learning and performance. Using ePortfolios well requires embracing a set of practices and an understanding of learning and reflection called Folio Thinking.

In this three day institute, participants will have the opportunity to actively explore how ePortfolios and Folio Thinking can support integrative (deep) learning, demonstrate learning outcomes, and make teaching and learning visible. Through interactive discussions and activities, participants will be engaged with a range of ePortfolio case studies that highlight best practices in supporting integrative learning, methods for evaluating ePortfolio work, and strategies for successful ePortfolio adoption and implementation. The program will also include time for project planning as well as individual consulting with each of the instructors.

Over the last five years, a wide variety of ePortfolio-related tools and practices have emerged including social networking technologies and rubrics for evaluating learning outcomes and competencies. One of the objectives of this institute will be to help participants navigate these resources by identifying criteria for making sense of what's available in order to determine what is most useful and relevant to their specific learners, faculty, and institutional cultures.

A unique outcome of this workshop will be the design of a plan for putting ePortfolios into practice on one’s own campus. Institute attendees will directly engage in the process of Folio Thinking while building a personal ePortfolio documenting their learning during the workshop, through reflections and multimedia artifacts. The purpose of this activity is for each individual/team to develop an ePortfolio that can subsequently be shared with colleagues and students to visibly demonstrate and model the value of what was learned.

Who Should Participate: Faculty, administrators, academic technologists, staff and researchers in higher education. As noted above, due to the emphasis on planning of projects, pilots, etc., this institute will be of greatest value for those individuals/teams who are attending with a specific ePortfolio project or goal in mind. However, for those who may be new to ePortfolios or who are interested in getting an overview of the needs and applications of ePortfolio tools in higher education environments, we are considering offering a “one-day pass” on the first day of the institute, space-permitting. If interested, please contact the course director for more information on the availability of this option.

Location: The institute will take place in Stanford University’s Wallenberg Hall, a state-of-the-art facility with technology-enhanced classrooms and learning spaces designed to foster and support active learning, small group work, and capture and interaction with digital artifacts.

Proposed Schedule: The first two days of the workshop will focus on teaching and learning while the last day will be devoted to issues related to assessment. Individual/team consulting, small group work, peer-to-peer feedback, project planning, and ePortfolio development will take place throughout the institute.

Monday August 10 – Teaching and Learning

* Introduction to ePortfolios
* Uses of ePortfolios
* Learning Outcomes /Goals and Concept Mapping
* Understanding Your Learners
* Alignment of Goals/Activities

Tuesday August 11 - Teaching and Learning (continued)

* Reflection and ePortfolios
* Designing Learning Activities
* Planning for Implementation (including assessment)
* Catered dinner with guest speaker (TBA)

Wednesday August 12 – Assessment

* Assessment for Learning and Assessment of Learning
* Alignment – what are you assessing and why?
* Concept mapping
* ePortfolio Showcase


* Dr. Helen L. Chen, Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning, Stanford University
* Dr. John Ittelson, K-20 California Education Technology Collaborative and California State University Monterey Bay
* Dr. Tracy Penny-Light, St. Jerome's University, Waterloo, Canada

Workshop Fees

The cost includes all materials; all breakfasts, coffee breaks, and snacks; lunch on Monday, catered dinner and speaker on Tuesday night.We are also in the process of negotiating a bulk purchase of several ePortfolio books which will also be included in the workshop fees and at no additional cost to the participants.

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Registration and Refund Policies:

If there are insufficient registrations received before June 30, 2009, we reserve the right to cancel the workshops and refund your registration fees in full. We will NOT be liable for the cost of travel or hotel reservations. Please contact the session director for advice on the possibility of cancellation.

Registrations that are cancelled by the registrant before June 30, 2009 will be liable for a $100 processing fee. Registrations canceled on or after July 1, 2009 and before July 14 will be liable to pay a 50% cancellation fee. Registrations canceled on or after July 15, 2009 are liable for the full cost of the workshop. If a replacement participant is sent in your place, the cancellation fees will be reduced to the $100 processing fee to cover the costs of the change of name.

Instructor Bios

Helen L. Chen, Research Scientist, Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning

Helen is a Research Scientist at the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning in the Human-Sciences Technologies Advanced Research Institute at Stanford University. Through collaborations with national and international portfolio researchers, she co-led the development of Folio Thinking, a reflective practice that situates and guides the effective use of learning portfolios. In her current position, Helen is leading the evaluation efforts to document and disseminate the innovations in teaching and learning occurring in the technology-augmented classrooms in Wallenberg Hall. She is a founding member and co-facilitator of EPAC, a community of practice focusing on pedagogical and technological issues related to ePortfolios. She is also a member of the national advisory board for the Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) project led by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Her current research interests focus on the application of Folio Thinking pedagogy and practices in engineering education and the uses of ePortfolios and other social software tools (wikis, blogs, etc.) to facilitate teaching, learning, and assessment for students, faculty, and departments in various disciplines.

John Ittelson, Professor Emeritus, Information Technology and Communications Design, California State University Monterey Bay

John was one of the founding faculty members of California State University Monterey Bay, Dr. Ittelson represented the CSU Chancellors Office as the lead on involvement with ePortfolio initiatives in the CSU System, and other national collaborative activities on ePortfolios. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and currently sits on the Boards of the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration, The California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and Access Monterey Peninsula. He is currently serving as the Director of Instructional Technologies for the K-20 California Educational Technology Collaborative (K20CETC), a new consortium focused on helping students prepare for college.

Tracy Penny Light, Assistant Professor, St. Jerome's University

Tracy teaches in the Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies and History programs at St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo where she employs ePortfolios in her teaching. Prior to coming to St. Jerome’s, she managed strategic learning projects for the VP, Learning Resources and Innovation, at the University of Waterloo. That work included introducing electronic portfolios to the campus in a number of programs including Accounting and Financial Management, History, Co-operative Education and Residence Life. Tracy's ongoing research focuses on ePortfolio implementation and the ability for reflection in ePortfolios to transform the student experience. In addition to her teaching and research, she leads the University of Waterloo team who are members of Cohort III of the Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research, is a member of St. Jerome's CASTL Institutional Leadership team, and was founding Co-Editor of the MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT).

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