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Keynote speech at Northeast Association for Language Learning Technology 2009, April 4, 2009, Easton, PA


  • 1. Eportfolios for Communication Skills and Intercultural Competence Darren Cambridge Northeast Association for Language Learning Technology Easton, PA, April 4, 2009
  • 2. European Language Portfolio Funded by the European Union A variety of frameworks for different national contexts and languages Three components Passport Europass Dossier Biography
  • 3. Passport Self-assessment of multiple dimensions of language ability according to common standards
  • 4. ELP Biography
  • 5. Key elements of an eportfolio Evidence of learning Dossier Authentic Diverse Reflection on evidence and identity Biography Interprets change over time Examines performance across contexts Articulates commitments and future aspirations Assessment usingcommon conceptual Passport framework Connects evidence and reflections to shared standards Facilitates conversation
  • 6. Overview Efforts to establish conceptual frameworks and assessment methodologies Ways of supporting reflective learning Broadening our understanding of evidence (A bit about eportolios and social software if theres time)
  • 7. Assessment
  • 8. ACE Assessing International Initiatives An initiative of the American Council on Education funded by the Fund for the Improvement of Post-secondary Education Six participating institutions Assessment using a combination of an eportfolio and a survey Website with resources for assessment: http://tinyurl.com/aceinternational
  • 9. Knowledge Skills Attitudes Outcomes Understands his culture within Uses knowledge, diverse Appreciates the language, art, a global and comparative cultural frames of reference, religion, philosophy, and context (that is, the student and alternate perspectives to material culture of different recognizes that his culture is think critically and solve cultures. one of many diverse cultures problems. Accepts cultural differences and that alternate perceptions Communicates and connects and behaviors may be based in and tolerates cultural ambiguity. cultural differences). with people in other language Demonstrates an ongoing communities in a range of Demonstrates knowledge of settings for a variety of willingness to seek out global issues, processes, trends, purposes, developing skills in international or intercultural and systems (that is, economic each of the four modalities: opportunities. and political interdependency speaking (productive), listening among nations, environmental- (receptive), reading (receptive), cultural interaction, global and writing (productive). governance bodies, and Uses foreign language skills nongovernmental organizations). and/or knowledge of other cultures to extend his access to Demonstrates knowledge of information, experiences, and other cultures (including beliefs, understanding. values, perspectives, practices, and products).
  • 10. Rubrics
  • 11. Liberal Education for Americas Promise (LEAP) Knowledge of Human Cultures Personal and Social and the Physical and Natural Responsibility World Civic knowledge and engagementlocal and global Through study in the sciences Intercultural knowledge and and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, competence languages, and the arts Ethical reasoning and action Intellectual and Practical Skills Foundations and skills for Inquiry and analysis lifelong learning Integrative Learning Critical and creative thinking Written and oral Synthesis and advanced communication accomplishment across general and specialized studies Quantitative literacy Information literacy Teamwork and problem solving
  • 12. VALUE Intercultural Rubric
  • 13. Reflection
  • 14. Theories of Reflection John Dewey - Critical Thinking Tacit knowledge Rigorous analytical thinking Donald Schn - Reflective Practitioner Key to effective professional practice and human thought Reflection-in-action, reflection-on-action David Kolb - Stages of Reflection Description, analysis, judgment, planning David Boud - Linking cognitive and affective Examining emotions in professional performance Pablo Friere, Stephen Brookfield, et. al - Critical Reflection Questioning assumptions Understanding and challenging domination
  • 15. Reflection with Eportfolios Enabling multimedia and hypertextual evidence and reflection LSU Stanford LaGuardia Scaffolding the learning process Concordia Kapiolani Providing support and feedback LRO Skilled Immigrant ePortfolio
  • 16. Enabling multimedia and hypertextual evidence and reflection Communication Across the Curriculum at LSU Stanford Learning Careers Project LaGuardia Community College Eportfolio
  • 17. Communication Across the Curriculum at LSU
  • 18. Recent immigrants and first-generation college students Bridging home and disciplinary culture Impact on retention, student engagement, grades Visual design and iteration
  • 19. Scaffolding the Reflection Process Concordia University (Montreal) ePEARL Kapiolani Community College N Waa
  • 20. Scaffolding Self- Regulated Learning ePEARL Project Phases of Self-Regulation Software for primary and Forethought second school students Goal Setting Self-efficacy In use in schools across Performance Quebec and elsewhere in Canada Self-recording Research on use in French Self-reflection immersion school for grades Self-judgment 5-6 shows gains in self- Self-reaction regulated learning attitudes and behaviors
  • 21. Matrix Thinking at Kapiolani First-year courses Six native Hawaiian values and four stages of the journey of a canoe Research documents impact on student engagement (CCSSE) and learning strategies (LASSI)
  • 22. Providing Support and Feedback Learning Record Online Skilled Immigrant ePortfolios
  • 23. Learning Record Online Five dimensions of learning and course goals Observations and samples of work throughout semester Rapid and iterative feedback through web interface Interpretation and grade recommendations at middle and end Midterm moderations
  • 24. Skilled Immigrant ePortfolio Successful and harmonious integration of immigrants Integrating and improving access to rich and diverse resources and services that are hidden, dispersed or fragmented Regional initiative in Quebec Modular personal portal links services to self- representation Samantha Slade sam@percolab.com
  • 25. A modular widget-based environment
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