Emerging Practices Teaching Clinic with Professor Netta Avineri – Visualizing “Histories”

Professor Netta Avineri (GSTILE) will co-facilitate a “teaching clinic” discussion with an interest in course project designs and tools that help to visualize and present “history / histories” beyond written text. Professor Avineri is currently re-designing a “Language Learner History Project” with the goal of integrating visual mapping approaches. From analog concept maps to online digital maps, we’ll consider and share user-friendly tools and explore how storytelling, visual, and place-based thinking approaches might enhance student learning and community engagement.

Yum! Join us for Coffee, Pastries, and Collegial Conversation

WHEN: 10:00am – 11:30am, Tuesday, April 1, 2014

WHERE: DLC Design Space – McGowan 001 (420 Calle Principal)

RSVP: Please RSVP Online here by Monday March 31, 2014

Background on this Teaching Clinic
Re-Designing the Language Learning Histories Project

“It would be great to talk through possibilities both for this particular class project and for other future classes/research, with faculty from different programs on-campus.

For my Second Language Acquisition (SLA) class I’m having  students interview language learners twice, and there will be a mapping component involved. …I had originally thought about using Hypercities, but for this project I don’t think it will work because it would involve quite a bit of training/additional work for the students beyond everything else we’re already covering.

I have also thought about the analog/online maps as an effort at civic engagement…a way to give something compelling back to the individuals who give their time to be interviewed. I am considering how to possibly put all of the maps on an online site for all the students to see, but would of course need the interviewees’ permission for this. This could be really interesting, so the students could see patterns across interviewees, discuss those in relation to SLA theories, etc.

And for future projects I would still like to consider using Hypercities, or other (perhaps more straightforward/user-friendly?) tools for students to use in various courses. And perhaps for future research on geographies as they relate to language learner histories.” – Netta Avineri

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