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Notes on August 24 Meeting

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    City University of New York
    Committee on Academic Technology
    ePortfolio Subcommittee
    Preliminary Meeting – 8/23/11


    Members Present: Barbara Walters, Bruce Naples, Bill Bernhardt, and Sarah Morgano

    Joe Ugoretz and Jennifer Sparrow could not attend. Especially since Joe will be chairing the AAEEBL Program Committee next year, we will want a meeting shortly after his return to get his input.

    Much of our discussion centered on the AAUP-LaGuardia Connect to Learning Project and Workshop and the AAEEBL Conference, both of which we found to be extremely valuable. Bill noted that the presence of a large number of vendors facilitated the exploration of technology. Bruce indicated that Queensborough is moving ahead with ePortfolios and has begun a couple of new faculty projects based on what we learned at Connect to Learning, especially the Integrative Learning VALUE rubrics highlighted in the workshop and the conference. QCC’s are examples of a type research that goes beyond simple compilation of statistical data on student enrollments and grades to ask important questions about what and how student learn. Similarly, Joe Ugoretz, at the AAEEBL conference, reported on content analysis studies of ePortfolios at Macaulay, inspiring the idea of using the VALUE rubrics for content analysis SoTL projects. While IRB review is not necessary for institutional research, it is required for individuals who may wish to publish or present their work at conferences – something we want to encourage. The subcommittee thus may want to create a space on the Academic Commons for sharing resources on the IRB process.

    One publishing venue: International Journal of ePortfolio Research:

    A number of CUNY faculty are participating in the Connect to Learning Workshop preceding AAEEBL Conference; CUNY participating colleges include LaGuardia (leadership), Lehman, Queensborough, and SPS. The workshop foreshadowed much of the later AAEEBL conference substance: personal learning environments, First Year Experience, Capstones, and increasing emphasis on ePortfolio research, especially SoTL research and the assessment of student learning. The goals of the CAT ePortfolio subcommittee will dovetail with these goals.

    Regarding AAEEBL:
    In over 100 sessions, around 20 sessions included presentations by CUNY faculty. Despite this representation, actual attendance at the AAEEBL conference on the part of CUNY faculty was quite low. How can we work together to ensure that more faculty can attend and that the conference presentations are disseminated throughout CUNY?
    * ePortfolio Blogging
    * Power Points (BW will keep checking on when and where these are posted and then post them to the Commons)
    * Scouting and preparing for higher attendance with less money: shared rooms, car pools, planning ahead

    Will there be funds for CUNY AAEEBL membership renewal?

    Plans for 2011 – 2012:
    • Joe Ugoretz will be serving as Co-Chair of the AAEEBL Program Committee; two other CUNY faculty will be serving on the Program Committee
    • AAEEBL will be focusing on ePortfolio research. One of our goals will be to tie into this theme.

    — What can we do as a federated system in the promotion of ePortfolio research? How can we assist in getting beyond quantitative data on grades and retention?

    The discussion of focus will continue at our next meeting – TBA.

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