Dr. Helen L. Chen, Keynote Speaker


Dr. Helen L. ChenHelen L. Chen earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and her PhD in Communication with a minor in Psychology from Stanford University in 1998. She is a co-founder and co-facilitator of EPAC, a community of practice focusing on pedagogical and technological issues related to ePortfolios. Helen works closely with the Association of American Colleges and Universities as a faculty member for the Institute on General Education and Assessment and has served as an advisory board member for the Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education project and Quality Collaboratives: Assessing and Reporting Degree Qualifications Profile Competencies in the Context of Transfe initiative.

Helen Chen is a senior researcher in the Designing Education Lab in the Center for Design Research within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. She is also the Co-Director of Research for the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning and a senior scholar on LaGuardia Community College’s FIPSE-funded Connect to Learning project.

Helen and her colleagues Tracy Penny Light and John Ittelson are the authors of Documenting Learning with ePortfolios: A Guide for College Instructors (2011, Wiley). Her current research interests are focused in three areas: 1) entrepreneurship and persistence in engineering education; 2) assessment of innovations in teaching and learning in next generation learning spaces; and 3) ePortfolio pedagogy and reflective practices in general education, the disciplines, and co-curricular experiences and how they might inform a redesign of the academic record.