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The Journey Begins

In its first year, the The Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center will focus on strategic planning. The goal is to craft a short and long-term plan for technology use and innovation for The Language Flagship Program, which will also benefit the foreign language education profession at large. The LFTIC will convene expertise from relevant areas in academia (foreign language education, applied linguistics, computer-assisted language learning, educational technology, etc.) and from entities with stakes in foreign language education in both the public and private sectors.

 

Starting the Conversation

Honolulu, Hawai’i, November 5 – 6, 2015

As part of its strategic planning endeavors, the LFTIC will sponsor 3 two-day symposia with discussions lead by professionals in key areas. The symposia discussions will be informed a survey of current technology use in the Flagship Programs. In each symposium, we seek to involve thinkers and innovators in areas of relevance in order to engage in a progressive conversation that will help identify potential groundbreaking initiatives geared toward the improvement of language learning experiences through technology. The first symposium, entitled Starting the Conversation, was organized around four key areas:

 

Adaptive Mobile Immersive BigData
Adaptive Technologies  Mobile Technologies  Immersive Technologies  Big Data & Smart Partnerships
Attendees Posters Survey
Program [PDF] Reflections Photos

Keynote

Bob Lenz, Executive Director of the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), is the author of Transforming Schools: Using Project-Based Learning, Performance Assessment and Common Core Standards.

Bob Lenz, Executive Director of the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), is the author of Transforming Schools: Using Project-Based Learning, Performance Assessment and Common Core Standards.

Holonomy – What the heck is it and how can we use it to transform outcomes for learners?

What does transformative learning look like?  How can students, teachers, leaders in academia and the private and public sector use the concept of Holonomy to courageously work together towards a shared vision of deeper learning outcomes?  How can teachers design authentic projects for ALL subject areas, especially in World Language?  Bob Lenz will share stories and lessons from his experience co-founding and leading Envision Education; as well as, how the Buck Institute for Education’s Gold Standard for Project-based Design and Teaching, when applied using the concept of Holonomy, can lead to transformative results for learners.

Moving Forward

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, February 26 – 27, 2016

 

 

 

Attendees Posters Survey
Program [PDF] Reflections Photos
Horizon Brief

Keynote

Reinhold Steinbeck Design Innovation Specialist | Global Educator | Researcher | Entrepreneur

Reinhold Steinbeck
Design Innovation Specialist | Global Educator | Researcher | Entrepreneur

From Insights to Innovations: Design Thinking as a Human-Centered Problem-Solving Approach

Remarkable things can happen when empathy for others plays a key role in problem-solving. How can you gain this deeper emotional understanding of people’s real-world needs and experiences? How do you identify those unique insights which present the foundation and the heart and soul of creating innovative solutions? And now that you better comprehend the problem space, which increasingly is systemic and wickedly complex, how can you create many solutions quickly? Are your mindsets helping your creativity, or are they hindering? How can we strengthen our creative confidence and competence?
Reinhold Steinbeck will address these questions by sharing his experience in implementing Design Thinking in the education, public, social and business worlds. He will also suggest how Design Thinking can be applied for creating potential groundbreaking comprehensive solutions geared toward the improvement of language learning experiences through technology.

Next Steps

San Francisco, California, March 17 – 18, 2016

 

Attendees Posters Survey
Program [PDF] Reflections Photos
Horizon Brief

Keynote

Reinhold Steinbeck Design Innovation Specialist | Global Educator | Researcher | Entrepreneur

Reinhold Steinbeck
Design Innovation Specialist | Global Educator | Researcher | Entrepreneur

From Insights to Innovations: Design Thinking as a Human-Centered Problem-Solving Approach

Remarkable things can happen when empathy for others plays a key role in problem-solving. How can you gain this deeper emotional understanding of people’s real-world needs and experiences? How do you identify those unique insights which present the foundation and the heart and soul of creating innovative solutions? And now that you better comprehend the problem space, which increasingly is systemic and wickedly complex, how can you create many solutions quickly? Are your mindsets helping your creativity, or are they hindering? How can we strengthen our creative confidence and competence?
Reinhold Steinbeck will address these questions by sharing his experience in implementing Design Thinking in the education, public, social and business worlds. He will also suggest how Design Thinking can be applied for creating potential groundbreaking comprehensive solutions geared toward the improvement of language learning experiences through technology.

Language Learning Simulation

 

 

Simulations have immense potential to engage students in memorable project-based language learning experiences. The Technology Innovation Center has designed and developed a simulation that provides a virtual experience built around a fictitious business: Green Ideas, Inc. This web-based environment immerses learners in situated and highly contextualized language learning scenarios, which helps them build a repertoire of strategies to overcome complex and high-stakes situations that require a sophisticated language and a deep understanding of the culture. Through principled pedagogical manipulation of the task design, a simulation can accommodate a wide range of language proficiency levels using a common set of resources. For more information, please contact LFTIC@hawaii.edu.

 

 

 

The Learner Experience

Simulations have immense potential to engage learners in meaningful experiences. This vignette illustrates a virtual environment that immerses a language learner in situated, content-rich, and highly contextualized language learning experiences. The simulation described here takes advantage of existing resources in the Flagship community, such as tutors, who can play different roles in the experience, and can be adapted to any Flagship language.

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Designing the Tutorial


The First Pilot

Simulation Objective
Experience the world of work in the target language and acquire professional language skills.Participants
Students in:
Chinese 305: Chinese for Business Professionals
Chinese 486: Selected Readings in ChineseTasks

Tasks

  • Research company and apply for a position of interest
  • Interview and gain regular position or internship
  • Undergo worker orientation (HR / company policies, assessment)
  • Perform team-based research task related to one’s position
  • Make formal presentation as a team
  • Receive “supervisor” feedback; revise, resubmit

 

Preliminary Results

  • Students rated project value positively overall
  • Students and teachers recommended timeline be lengthened
  • Teachers recommended procedural changes to strengthen realism of simulation: more formality and more involved roleplay by “company supervisors” at presentation stage

 

Recommendations

  • Extend time frame ➔ more changes for feedback, iterative drafting
  • Strengthen authenticity by emphasizing corporate culture ➔ Learners focus on real-life purposes rather than academic purposes (task performed for client rather than teacher); students take questions to supervisor in company rather than to teacher

 

Products - Résumé, Cover Letter, Contract

Next Steps

  • Implement recommendations from first pilot
  • Involve participants from anther U.S. Institution
  • Involve Overseas Flagship Centers
  • Create instruction guides for teachers
  • Create pilot for another Flagship language

Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center (LFTIC)

1890 East West Road

Moore Hall 256

Honolulu, HI 96822

(808) 956-5121

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