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Thursday, June 23 • 16:10 - 17:00
CON09.05 - Designing a Story of Learning: The Eportfolio as a Means to Co-create Curriculum in Intercultural Communication

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The medium of the eportfolio allows students to select, reflect and assess experiences in order to shape, create and present their own story of learning using multimodal digital artifacts. Though students can thus be seen as producers, partners and co-creators of their own learning, there is currently little reflection and research on co-creating the curriculum with an eportfolio. This interactive workshop will use a case study of a new curriculum design in Intercultural Communication to explore theoretical and practical intersections between eportfolio usage and curriculum co-creation. During the workshop, participants will share motivations, examples and best practices of current usage, considering the pedagogical challenges and obstacles of the e-portfolio and of curriculum co-creation. The goal is to share insights and identify factors in curriculum design processes, so that in a subsequent large group discussion we can identify the opportunities and limitations associated with our program design choices. Discussion can focus on how the eportfolio can serve as a means for students to integrate the participatory culture of web 2.0 based in creating, sharing, collaborating and networking digitally with the high impact experiences of courses that incorporate largely autonomously chosen learning experiences found for example in community engaged learning, internships or study abroad experiences. Discussion can also center on how students and instructors can collaborate in partnership learning communities to create and choose curriculum content, agree on expectations for assignments and design rubrics and self- and peer-evaluations.

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Angela Bochert

Angela Borchert (Ph.D. Princeton), Associate Professor for German and Comparative Literature, Western University. My publications concentrate on everyday cultural and poetic practices primarily in Weimar from 1750 to 1830. My project as Teaching Fellow in Arts and Humanities is to... Read More →

Natalia Caldas

Natalia Caldas has an M.A. in Hispanic Studies. Her research interests include identity issues in Mexican art history and contemporary hispanic literature, migrant narratives, digital humanities, and the study of language learning. She has taught Spanish language and literature at... Read More →

Ana Chiarelli

Ana Chiarelli is a staff member at the Western International office at Western University. She has a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies and Migration and Ethnic Relations. Her research interests include Hispano-Canadian literature of migration, and Literature and Film as history and identity... Read More →

Peggy Ellis

Research and Instruction Librarian, University of Western Ontario
Peggy Ellis is an Associate Librarian at The D.B. Weldon Library at Western University. As subject librarian for Modern Languages & Literatures, French, Linguistics and Theory and Criticism, she has taught information literacy and fluency in the Humanities. Her current research interests... Read More →

Meredith McGregor

Meredith McGregor is a PhD candidate of Hispanic Studies at the University of Western Ontario. Her teaching and research interests include second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and intercultural communication in study abroad. She has over 10 years of experience teaching both... Read More →

Thursday June 23, 2016 16:10 - 17:00 EDT
UCC 58