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Documenting One's Learning
ePortfolios should become the primary means through which learning is documented.  American education, K12 and higher, is the focus of intense ideological, political, and economic scrutiny, all premised on the use of standardized achievement tests as the proper metric for evaluating success.  But this amounts to a case of rewarding "A" while hoping for "B," that is, rewarding test scores while hoping for effective performance.  Knowledge is needed for effective performance, but one's ability to answer multiple-choice questions is far from sufficient to yield satisfactory mastery of the problems and challenges that occur in everyday work and home life.  The kinds of artifacts contained in ePortfolio collections much better reflect what one is able to do with one's knowledge.  ePortfolios offer a superior metric.
I wish that ePortfolio technology was fully ready for prime time.  You see here an instance of an Epsilen ePortfolio, one of several commercial offerings that are steadily expanding the cutting edge of what information technology can provide to assist learners and educators.  Explore it and let me know what you find to be interesting and what needs improvement. 
Also, there are several R&D efforts underway that are worth your attention, three of which are Calibrated Peer Review, AAC&U's VALUE project, and the EdSteps project.  Each offers elements that, when integrated into ePortfolios, will yield useful accountability measures while preserving the many learning-centered and learner-centered advantages of this superior means to document one's learning.
Reinventing Liberal Education

Liz Coleman Bennington president Liz Coleman delivers a call-to-arms for radical reform in higher education. Bucking the trend to push students toward increasingly narrow areas of study, she proposes a truly cross-disciplinary education -- one that dynamically combines all areas of study to address the great problems of our day.  I urge you to take 18 minutes to listen to her address, because as she says, "There's no such thing as a viable democracy made up of experts, zealots, politicians, and spectators."  Then take action.

Brahms by Kantorski and Pope
Valrie Kantorski and Ann PopeMy friends duo pianists Valrie Kantorski and Ann Pope have just released their CD of Johannes Brahms 21 Hungarian Dances.  These are definitive performances, with all of the passion, energy, and melancholy a music lover could want, an opinion offered in my role as an amateur musician and music critic.  For a review by a professional, navigate to  To listen to clips of each of the 21 dances, navigate to, and click the Play All Songs link .  While you're there, buy a copy.  
Academic Goals
Discover how to foster learning that lasts, and implement programs that support durable learning. The electronic portfolio is a key enabling technology to do this.
World Port
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National Academies Press released the hardcopy printing on Sept. 6 of the report of the Committee to Evaluate Advanced Certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Professional Bio

Milt Hakel is the Ohio Board of Regents Eminent Scholar in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology in 1966 from the University of Minnesota, and served on the faculties at Minnesota, Ohio State, and Houston before moving to BGSU in 1991. He has advised 76 students through the completion of their doctoral dissertations.

Dr. Hakel began his career with research on selection interviewing practices with support from the National Science Foundation. Research support has also come from the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Army, as well as the private sector. He edited Personnel Psychology for a decade, and then was its publisher for 20 years. He chaired the Scientific Advisory Group for the U.S. Army’s Project A, the largest study ever undertaken of the longitudinal measurement and meaning of human differences. 

Dr. Hakel is a former Fulbright-Hays Senior Research Scholar in Italy (1978), and completed 6 years as a member and 2 years as chair of the U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Psychological Science. Currently he is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Applied Psychology. He is a winner of the James McKeen Cattell Award for excellence in research design from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). He served as SIOP’s president in 1983-84. He is a fellow of SIOP, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Hakel chaired the Coordinating Committee for the Human Capital Initiative, a national effort to bring psychological science to the attention of governmental and private sector officials as a source of solutions to national problems. He served on the Board on Testing and Assessment of the National Research Council, and now chairs the NRC’s Committee on the Evaluation of Advanced Teacher Certification. He co-chaired a working retreat on Applying the Science of Learning to University Education, and an edited book on this topic was published in March, 2002.  Presently he co-chairs a task force for the Association for Psychological Science on Life-Long Learning at Work and at Home.  His major current interest is in the role of formative assessment in learning and performance.

At Bowling Green Dr. Hakel chairs the Student Achievement Assessment Committee and the Electronic Portfolio Steering Committee, committees that have identified learning outcomes in majors and for the university as a whole; electronic portfolios now provide the means for over 22,000 students, faculty, and staff members to document their own learning and development. He created Springboard, a first year experience course that involves students and their coaches in meaningful assessment and self development though a series of activities, some of which are recorded on video for later feedback and reflection. He chaired the team that created BGSU’s Academic Plan and served as convenor for the Strategic Positioning Group For the Ohio Board of Regents he chairs the Planning Committee on Higher Learning Accountability and Productivity.

Obama 08
Coming Soon to a TV near You - The Inauguration Ceremony!  Coming Even Sooner - Blog Coverage of an American Pilgrimage
Lee and I head out in a few hours to DC.  With us will be our son Lane and granddaughter Grace.  We are going to the inauguration!  We are excited!!
The preparations are complete.  We are ready for cold weather (we once learned in Norway that there is no such thing as cold weather, only inappropriate clothing), food shortages, long lines and immense crowds.  We're looking forward to meeting 2,000,000 new friends.
What a turning point for our country!  The inauguration of Barack Obama as our 44th president is something, like the removal of the Berlin Wall, that I was sure would never happen in my lifetime.
Perhaps a harbinger of the new day in America is the "miracle on the Hudson," the safe splashdown of U.S. Airways flight 1549, accomplished by Chesley B. Sullenberger, III (see his bio at,8599,1872247,00.html, and note his master's degree in Industrial Psychology from Purdue in 1973!).  Capt. Sully used his preparation and did his job, made quick decisions, and pulled off what Gov. Paterson labeled a miracle.  His performance was truly remarkable.  What I think is also equally remarkable is the positive press coverage.  It has featured not only Capt. Sullenberger but also the everyday heroics of ferry captains, ordinary citizens, and the passengers and crew of flight 1549.  Can optimism be returning to America?
It has been a fascinating time since the election, and the country is still on track for making needed changes - I've seen only a few flashes of the excessive zeal and bitter partisanship that have marked political discourse in this country since the Vietnam war. 
And perhaps the country is regaining its sense of humor.  The best commemorative memorabilia I've heard about is for babies, diapers bearing the slogan "Change We Need!"
Anyway, we're off on a pilgrimage, and will report to you as time and internet connections permit.

Click on the Blog link (to the right) to read and see my daily coverage of the Democratic National Convention.  Read the entire Convention Countdown series, and then the Denver Diary.
I moved the blog entries into Epsilen's blog tool so that you could add your comments and observations--I would like to hear from you.


The Democratic National Convention will be held in Denver from August 25 to 29, and I will be attending it as a Delegate from Ohio's 5th Congressional District, pledged to Barack Obama.  Click the QuickLink at the upper right corner of this page to connect to the main website for the next President of the United States. 

The Berlin Speech
Through an amazing coincidence, I arrived in Berlin on 7/24, the same day that Barack Obama addressed the people of Germany and the world.  Click this link to view his speech.   

I was fortunate to be among the 200,000 people in the Tiergarten who heard the speech in person.  And because I got there early enough, I was standing just one row back from the front of the stage.  When he left the stage, he started shaking hands with the crowd.  I was one of the lucky few whose hands he grabbed, and I shouted to him "See you in Denver!"
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Favorite Artist
It's all how you look at it!

Christopher Ries is a fantastic artist.  Working in optical crystal, Chris brings out dazzling reflections and the full visible spectrum.
Point of View, by Christopher Reis
This piece is named Point of View.  It has only 7 faces, so most of what you see comes from internal reflections.  And of course, as you rotate the piece, or rotate around it yourself, what you see depends on your own point of view.  Click the image to bring up Chris's gallery of selected works.
Carmina Burana, by UCS and TSO

The Bowling Green University Choral Society and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra performed Carl Orff's 1937 composition, Carmina Burana, on Feb. 1, 2, and 3.  In case you missed the performances, read the review.  It starts this way--
Symphony embraces Orff's orchestral color"Fortune smiled on the audience for last night's Classics V concert in the Peristyle, as the Toledo Symphony and resident conductor Chelsea Tipton II plus a heavenly host of singers delivered a splendid earful of Orff."

The quote is from an article published Saturday, February 2, 2008 by SALLY VALLONGO, TOLEDO BLADE STAFF WRITERHere is the URL for the complete review:

Allegorical image, after several hours in the tavernClick this link to watch a YouTube video of a stage version of the opening two movements (the title runs for 30 seconds before the audio kicks in):

And click this link for another showing the In Taverna portion staged with actors:

And now view this link, showing the singers--note that all of them have memorized the text!

Here are the lyrics for the first stanza of O Fortuna (in Latin and English):

O Fortuna

O Fortune,

velut luna

like the moon

statu variabilis,

you are changeable,

semper crescis

ever waxing

aut decrescis;

and waning;

vita detestabilis

hateful life

nunc obdurat

first oppresses

et tunc curat

and then soothes

ludo mentis aciem,

as fancy takes it;




and power

dissolvit ut glaciem.

it melts them like ice.

To read all the original lyrics in Latin and German (and their English translation), follow this link:

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