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2017 SE Regional Conference at UVA
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The AAEEBL Southeast U. S. Regional Conference 2017

Host Campus: The University of Virginia

November 6-7

The Serpentine Wall at UVA 

The Serpentine Wall at UVA

Meaning-Making with Eportfolios

Registration:  NOW CLOSED

 Vendor Registration:  NOW CLOSED 

Lodging link NOW CLOSED

Conference Evaluation Link:

Full schedule now posted!  Click here to see the online version.


Keynote:  Helen Chen, Director, ePortfolio Initiatives, Stanford University

Using Design Thinking to Create Meaningful Representations of Learning
How can the principles and mindsets of design thinking inspire innovation in how we document, assess, and communicate learning?  From traditional transcripts to evidence-centered ePortfolios, how can colleges and universities convey the unique opportunities, interactions, and experiences that constitute an education at UVA?  In this talk, we will collectively explore strategies to partner with learners and other campus stakeholders for (re)designing how we record and represent significant learning experiences in meaningful ways.


Helen L. Chen  is the Director of ePortfolio Initiatives in the Office of the University Registrar and a research scientist in the Designing Education Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University.  She is a co-founder of EPAC, an ePortfolio community of practice, and serves as a board member for the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning and a co-executive editor for the International Journal of ePortfolio. Helen has collaborated with the Association of American Colleges and Universities on a variety of higher education and assessment-related initiatives and is a co-author of Documenting Learning with ePortfolios: A Guide for College Instructors  (Jossey-Bass, 2011).  Her current research and scholarship focus on engineering education; the pedagogy of portfolios and reflective practice in higher education; and redesigning how learning is represented in traditional transcripts and academic credentials.


Registration is open 

Be sure to login to your AAEEBL account before registering to ensure you are getting the proper membership discount.  Conference rates are as follows:


   Early Bird (Oct 31) Regular 
Non-Members  225 275 
 Members 200 250
Students 75 90


Click here to register for the conference.



Pre-Conference Workshop

Joan Watson from Digication, one of AAEEBL's Corporate Partners, is offering a FREE workshop on Monday morning.  The seating is limited to 12 AAEEBL members, so sign up quickly!  Click here to register for the Pre-Conference Workshop.

Pre-Conference Workshop Topic:
Using ePortfolios to Facilitate Authentic Large Scale Assessment

Large scale assessment seeks to determine the degree to which students are mastering the learning goals distributed across a curriculum (and co-curriculum). The ability to demonstrate that your program is meeting its goals are of considerable importance in at least two areas: 1. Institution-wide program evaluation processes; and 2. Regional/Professional accreditation processes. Both processes seek to answer the question, “Are you (as a program / as an institution) doing what you promised to do?” If you are, then you must show how. If you are not, you must explain why and propose a remedy. Regardless, the consequences of your answers are deeply mired in issues of funding, resource allocation, and narratives of quality.

Traditionally, the types of data collected for large scale assessment projects include (standardized) test scores, overall course grades, D/F/W rates, etc.  While seen as efficient methods to gather data, these indirect methods alone are fraught with issues that challenge the ultimate effectiveness of the data (the biases inherent in the methods, the confounding variables lurking throughout the methods, and the gross aggregation of outcomes). To truly address the questions asked at the level of large scale assessment, those data generated directly from student performance provide a far more authentic glimpse of student development and learning within a program and across time. Standing alone or triangulated with data collected via indirect methods, these data enable a program to construct deep, rich narratives of curricular and instructional quality.

This session will demonstrate the ways in which the Digication ePortfolio and Assessment Management platform is used as a direct method of data collection to answer the questions generated in large scale assessment queries.


Lodging is open

Lodging is available at the Graduate Hotel.  You can make reservations at the hotel by visiting

Graduate Hotel:

Address: 1309 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Phone: (434) 295-4333

Parking: The Graduate Charlottesville Hotel offers limited valet parking. We encourage you to park at your regular work spot and either walk or take a bus to the hotel (which is located at the historic UVA Corner). Limited metered parking is available on University Avenue right outside of the hotel. Several parking garages and lots are within the vicinity of the hotel:

·        14th St. & Wertland St. parking garage

·        11th St. parking garage (UVA Hospital)

·        The Corner Parking Lot (cash only)



Things to do in Charlottesville.

Our gracious hosts have provided this page with things to do while in Charlottesville:


Traveling to Charlottesville:

The City of Charlottesville is located in central Virginia, approximately two hours from Washington, DC or one hour from Richmond, VA by car.  The closest airport to Charlottesville is the  Charlottesville/Albemarle Regional Airport(CHO).  The region is also served by  Amtrak and Greyhound.

Link to a Google Map of the location.

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