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On line and on-site - two sides of a mirror

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On line and on-site - two sides of a mirror

  1. 1. A Teaching Enhancement Program forInternationally Educated AcademicsLoretta Teng, Ph.D. Rosalie Pedersen M.Ed. University of Calgary COHERE Conference
  2. 2.  Background of the program Program development Design & delivery Program evaluation Outcomes Conclusion Implications Limitation
  3. 3.  Funded by a grant Audience Objectives Teaching certificate vs.. a letter of completion Program development Blended-Fall 2011 Addressing the concerns of the IEAs A cross-cultural learning community
  4. 4.  Survey the needs of IEAs  New comers (40%)  Little experience in teaching in Canada (70%)  Desired areas for training ▪ Practical teaching skills (50%) ▪ An awareness of the Canadian culture (30%)  Wanted to receive teaching enhancement training from TLC (56%) ▪ Various preferences of time of the day, weeks and academic year
  5. 5.  Offers flexibility Online component (Blackboard)  10% (Fall 2011) – 30% (Winter & Spring 2012) F2F meetings  6 hrs/wk (Fall 2011) – 5 hrs/wk (Winter & Spring 2012) 5 F2F meetings Total of 35 hours Collaborative activities Hands-on practices
  6. 6. Curriculum• Problem-solving • Videos• Shared learning • Communication • Textbook • Teaching skills • Resources • Forums • Cultural adaptation On-site Online
  7. 7. Share notes Preview Problem-solve Online On-site DiscussReflect Clarify(Individual & group) Practice
  8. 8. • Transformed learning • Critical reflection Adult learning Learning Communities • Structured participation • Pre-determined outcomes Learner-centred• Accommodating diverse Learning preferences• Practicing communication
  9. 9. 21 Participants 2 19 Faculty Exchange scholar Grad students 9 Post-docs
  10. 10. Forum entries Online forum entries • Interactive reflection • Social forums Online • Online Q & A Weekly evaluation • Written responses to open-ended questions F2F Evaluation forms
  11. 11. Reflection on Forming a learning Acquiring newcross-cultural community concepts and skills teaching Overcoming barriers in Mirroring facilitation cultural transitions
  12. 12. Facilitation of active learningCultural adjustment in teachingRequests for Learning accommodation
  13. 13. Acquisition of instructional skillsIndividual reflection & collaborativeconstruction of meaningful applicationConfidence in communicationEnriched length and content of online posts &conversation in classApplication of skillsAction plan of active learning facilitation &cultural adaptation
  14. 14. Communication patterns• Advice giving – feedback provision• Language barriers-organized notes• Risk-taking: Practicing new ways of communication
  15. 15. • Cultural • Self-acceptance comparisons • Development of• Guided new self-identity inquires Reflection Emancipation Revelation Integration• Application • Home & Canadian• Enjoyment practices • Celebration
  16. 16. CreativeSkilled facilitation Online network assignments• Multiple • Structured • Interactions facilitators • Facilitated with Canadian• Sensitivity & colleagues and knowledge in students cross-cultural • Observations of communication Canadian classes

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