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UW Bothell to showcase the power of e-Portfolios in higher education

UW Bothell, recognizing the impact e-portfolios have on the teaching and learning experience in higher education, will host the Pacific Northwest’s first regional e-portfolio conference Sept. 20-21. The conference will bring together regional institutions with leaders in e-Portfolio development, including Dr. Ruth Cox of San Francisco State University and the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning.

Students learn from limitless sources outside of the traditional classroom, including jobs, travel, the Internet, internships and even family and friends. Because the sources of education are limitless, colleges and universities nationwide use e-portfolios to help students makes sense of all of their learning.

“As technology continues to grow in education, it is important to learn the best way to archive and communicate student work,” UW Bothell’s associate vice chancellor for undergraduate learning, Gray Kochhar-Lindgren said. “Educators at this conference will walk away with a better understanding of how e-portfolios are used as a teaching tool, a reflection tool and a communication tool.”

The e-portfolio or web-based portfolio allows a student to archive and reflect on all aspects of learning, including academic work, career goals, and life experiences. It often includes photos, video, reflective writing, projects, resumes and resources. The goal is for the student to graduate with a solid body of work that can be easily reflected upon or shared.

More than 60 percent of UW Bothell’s students already use e-portfolios, including the First Year and Pre-Major program and the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. The Nursing and Health Studies Program will begin incorporating e-portfolios in the fall of 2014.

Kochhar-Lindgren says educators from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia are expected to attend the conference, the first ever in the Northwest. “We want the region to be a leader in learning technologies and e-portfolios.”

More information on the Regional ePortfolio Conference at the University of Washington Bothell can be found here: http://www.aaeebl.org/aaeebl-northwest2013

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