|Facilitated an online webinar in September 2018 for the International Association of Language Learning with Technology, presented a professional development workshop during the Summer of 2018 to Idaho Language Teachers in Boise, Idaho, and most recently presented at the Idaho Association of Teacher of Language and Culture at the beginning of November, in Nampa, Idaho. My colleague, Kelly Arispe and I, also plan to present at Boise State's DigiECO conference (Boise, Idaho) at the beginning of November. In addition to these presentations, I have also worked with Boise State language students to help them develop skills in creating open educational resources and they have been actively contributing to our OER Commons Group as well. Next semester, Kelly Arispe and I will teach a course through the College of Innovation and Design at Boise State, where we work with a multidisciplinary team to expand upon the open activities that have already been created. Here is the course description: Opportunities to learn other languages are limited, especially, in Idaho. Foreign language teachers have little support. The World Language Resource Center at Boise State University wants to impact the opportunities learners have to connect to the global world, but we need your help!|
We value working with Boise State students across colleges and programs to pull together diverse teams to create open (i.e., free), digital activities that support the teaching and learning of foreign languages and promote intercultural competence. You don’t have to speak another language to be on our team! If you have a passion for other cultures and value collaboration and project-based learning, this VIP is for you.
Students who complete one or more semesters of this project may expect to gain knowledge and experience in some of the following, with a greater breadth of learning corresponding to length of time on the project. Skills acquired may include:
Explore and adventure the world right here in Boise!
Collaborate with a community of international students, language instructors, and interdisciplinary majors.
Connect to a variety of languages and cultures to build intercultural competence.
Curate an open collection of high-quality activities, resources, and educational materials that put your unique skill set to use.
Leave a lasting legacy for future students and instructors of world languages here in Idaho and across the nation.
Majors and Interests Needed
We are looking for a team of students with curiosity and a desire to learn more about the world around them. We would welcome students with innovative ideas for connecting students to the global world. These students will be autonomous learners and willing to try, fail and try again.
The project may be particularly complementary to majors or minors or proficiencies in:
Pre-service language teachers
Advanced language majors
Success in our VIP Program gets you:
A strong letter of recommendation for graduate school or other future opportunities.
Real-world skills needed to bolster employability, for example, digital literacy and working on collaborative, diverse teams.
An ePortfolio demonstrating experiential learning and professional projects.
A sense of purpose: your work will impact education and provide global learning opportunities for future generations