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Redesigning Representations of Student Learning in the Digital Era

Redesigning Representations of Student Learning in the Digital Era

Helen Chen

Director of ePortfolio Initiatives in the Office of the University Registrar, Stanford

Date: March 15, 2017

Location: MLC 372

Overview

How can the spectrum of learning, educational success, capacities and skills that are produced by a 21st-century liberal education be effectively documented, assessed, and demonstrated to diverse stakeholders? From traditional transcripts to evidence-centered ePortfolios, how can these representations of learning become more “representative” of the unique opportunities, interactions, and experiences afforded by a university education? In this talk, we will collectively brainstorm and explore how we can strengthen learners’ self-understanding of what they know and can do and empower innovation in both learners and campus educators.
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About the Speaker

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 earned her undergraduate degree from UCLA and her PhD in Communication with a minor in Psychology from Stanford University.  Helen 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. She 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.  Her current research and scholarship focus on engineering and entrepreneurship education; the pedagogy of portfolios and reflective practice in higher education; and redesigning how learning is represented in traditional transcripts and academic credentials.