Special Event: Supporting High Impact Practices with Technology

Special Event: Supporting High Impact Practices with Technology

Join us for a special mixed-mode Session at Regis University

Friday, October 18th, 2019
9:30am – 2:00pm


What are High-Impact Practices (HIP)? ePortfolios have been added to the original set of HIP teaching and learning practices that were first identified by George D Kuh (AAC&Y, 2008). Kuh’s research indicates that these practices impact student retention and engagement. You are invited to join our speakers in exploring ways in which various technologies can be used to implement ePortfolios and other related HIP in higher education.

The ID&T Department at Regis University and the eLearning Consortium of Colorado (eLCC) invite you to attend a morning of exploration followed by a catered lunch and Q&A with the speakers.

Face-to-Face Location:

Regis University, Denver Northwest Campus, 333 Regis Blvd., Denver, CO 80221, Claver Hall room 315

Food & Beverages: 

Morning coffee & Lunch Provided


Speaker Information

Shane Sutherland

Shane Sutherland is Co- founder and CEO of PebblePad. He is often referred to as Chief Mischief Maker. Shane’s diverse learning career evolved into a varied teaching career, ultimately working as a Principal Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, leading projects concerned with enhancing learning. Shane introduced PebblePad to the university in 2004 and spent 3 years as the Portfolio Coordinator. Shane has spoken at more than 30 international conferences and is always willing to share the ideas that have shaped PebblePad. Sometimes this gets him into trouble. Drawing upon his learning and teaching background, and guided by constant engagement with the PebblePad community and the wider portfolio community, Shane remains as passionate as ever about the evolving development of learner and learning-centric teaching and assessment.

Heather Tobin
University of Denver

Heather Tobin has worked in the field of higher education since 2002, and most recently as an Instructional Designer in the Office of Teaching and Learning at the University of Denver for the past 5 years. In her current role, she develops trainings, workshops, and integrative learning programs for DU faculty and staff. She is also specifically responsible for her department’s ePortfolio Initiative, through which she collaborates with faculty and department leaders to host; a series of workshops for faculty using ePortfolios in the classroom, an ePortfolio Faculty Learning Community, and an ever-evolving online suite of resources for educators interested in leveraging the benefits of reflective ePortfolios in their teaching practices.

Heidi C Blair
Regis University

Associate Professor Heidi Blair joined Regis University as the Director of Instructional Design and Technology in June 2019 from Griffith University in Australia. In the last ten year she has led the collaborative development of innovative solutions to meet challenges related to student learning and academic development with an eye to instructional design, technology and iterative development. An educator with 30 years teaching experience between higher education and K-12, Heidi has taught kindergarteners to doctoral students. Designing engaging learning experiences which leverage the possibilities of current and emerging technologies to meet the diverse needs of learners is near and dear to her heart. Heidi has a BA in Early Childhood Education from UNC-CH and an MA in Learning and Instructional Design and a PhD in Educational Technology both from Arizona State University.

General Outline

9:30 Cofee & Networking
10:00am - Noon Speakers
Noon - 1:00PM Lunch and Q&A Panel
1:00pm - 2:00pm PebblePad Demonstration

Presentation Descriptions

Implementing Technology in Support of ePortfolios and Other HIPs: An international perspective

Heidi C. Blair

Heidi will share how several high impact practices were empowered by the use of an enterprise wide adopted ePortfolio platform. The focus will be on the broad adoption of the practices and tools that was driven by faculty needs and interests.

Supporting HIPs: Portfolios and beyond

Shane Sutherland

In this presentation Shane will suggest that the presentational aspect of a portfolio, and the implied (or inferred) selection, rejection, reflection… activities only go someway to truly supporting high impact practices. Drawing upon a range of examples of practice Shane will attempt to make the case for a platform (like PebblePad) where the principal purpose is to support the planning for, and making sense of learning experiences as an essential prerequisite for portfolio creation.

High Impact ePortfolios at DU

Heather Tobin

Heather will share a high level overview of the past and current ePortfolio initiatives at the University of Denver including; how they were first established, how they have evolved over time, and the current state/next steps. She will also share specific case-studies of both departmental and course level efforts to incorporate reflective ePortfolios into teaching practice at DU.