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Tuesday, May 12 • 10:45am - 11:15am
Disrupting English Academic Texts with Multilingual Relational Texts

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As part of my Educational Technology Fellowship sponsored by BCcampus, I am disrupting the conventional approach of using English, academic text-based forms of instruction by applying an intervention using multilingual, technology-based forms for engaging students–specifically videos and podcasts–in online and blended learning environments. My research is based on the hypothesis that narrative-based videos and podcasts, as relational 'texts' for teaching and learning through storytelling, provide opportunities for embodied ways of knowing (that encourage the expression of one's whole self) and for supporting students and teachers in building relationships of trust and mutual respect. This approach, which aligns with principles of decolonization, can potentially support more diverse, equal and inclusive learning environments. Building on my relationship with the Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECUAD), where I have been a sessional faculty member since 2012 , my action research involves case studies in undergraduate courses–blended and online–at ECUAD. I am collaborating with teaching faculty, and working with them to integrate participatory video and podcast creation into their classes in a way that will enable us to provide evidence-based results while supporting the overall teaching and learning goals of each course. While this research will focus on 'diversity' and 'inclusion' in terms of cultural diversity, consideration will be given to the ways that other equity-seeking groups respond to the research intervention. This research project aims to support a kind of student learning and success that goes beyond academic performance to develop essential life skills that can support students in becoming critical and creative agents in their own lives and communities.

In this session, I will present the initial findings of my research, showcase some students' videos and podcasts from the project, and engage session participants in a lively form of media analysis as a catalyst for discussion.




Tuesday May 12, 2020 10:45am - 11:15am
Salon D
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