2006 WPA Assessment Institute

2006 Assessment Institute

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga July 13, 2006 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Council of Writing Program Administrators in conjunction with its summer conference at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel Chattanooga, Tennessee July 13-16, 2006

Electronic Portfolios, Writing Classrooms, and College Programs: Practices, Theories, Issues, and Challenges

Leaders: Elizabeth Clark, Michael Day, and Kathleen Blake Yancey

Website for Institute Materials: http://www.engl.niu.edu/mday/wpa06.html

This day-long institute will address the various questions that arise for WPAs thinking about, planning, or implementing electronic portfolios. What are they? How are they similar to and different from print portfolios? What are the options for software, and how do they compare? How do eportfolios and the need to assess them affect faculty development needs and procedures? How are eports assessed? Once implemented, how can digital portfolios change an institution's understanding and expectations of assessment? What role might they play in a long-term assessment plan? Not least, what are likely to be the questions around electronic portfolios in the next five years?

J. Elizabeth Clark is Associate Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College--CUNY, where she is Co-Director of the Composition Program and Acting ePortfolio Project Director. She teaches basic writing, first year composition, and the cultural studies of medicine. Clark is managing editor of Radical Teacher and has presented and published about ePortfolios and the composition classroom. She is also part of the Carnegie Foundation/AAC & U Integrated Learning Project.

Michael Day is Associate Professor of English at Northern Illinois University, where he directs the first-year composition program and teaches composition pedagogy, technical writing, and writing for electronic media. Day is Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication Committee on Computers in Composition and Communication and former chair of the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly on Computers in English. He leads the Northern Illinois University’s team for the National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research, and has presented and published on topics ranging from technical communication to Internet communication and teaching writing online.

Kathleen Blake Yancey, Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English at Florida State University, has worked with electronic portfolios in various settings, from working with a small liberal arts college and with a K-12 school district and co-leading the National Coalition of Research on Electronic Portfolios to using them in her own classrooms with undergraduates, graduate students, and practicing teachers. She has written about eports in several venues, including in the AAHE edited collection Electronic Portfolios and the CCC article Postmodernism, Palimpsest, and Portfolios: Theoretical Issues in the Representation of Student Work.Her current projects include a volume tentatively titled E-Portfolios in the English Classroom.


$125 on or before May 15; $155 after May 15; includes lunch, breaks, and materials Register for the Assessment Institute: http://wpacouncil.org/node/394 For more information: visit http://wpacouncil.org/node/393