We are presenting the results of our pilot at the Academy of Teaching’s annual conference on May 3rd, and the Innovate Conference on May 11th at the Ohio Union. You can also watch a video about the results of this pilot here.
This semester we discuss “A Strangeness in My Mind” by Orhan Pamuk, in a group that includes our Turkish partners in Istanbul.
We are engaging people living daily life in Istanbul, people on the outside of those experiences looking in, and the experiences of fictional characters in the novel. What a fascinating triangulation.
This kind of perspective-taking activity shows off the strength of humanities and social sciences for building understanding of diverse cultural contexts. The e-portfolio is intended for a broader audience, eventually, but it is admittedly easier to run the pilot in a course offered by Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (Turkish 2241).
We introduced the learning activities this morning to our U.S.-based OSU students. They seemed enthusiastic about the chance to learn about Turkish culture – not only be interacting with texts from/about it, but with actual Turkish people. These students all had prior cross-cultural experience, and seemed to understand the value of this opportunity.
I focused on explaining the details of the badges they can earn by participating in these activities. The badges are not “add-ons” but are based on the assignments of the course. The badges merely capture student achievements, and hopefully help to make them more visible to future employers. Please see our FAQ on Global Learning Buckeye Badges for further information.
Badges, especially as part of e-portfolios, are one of the high impact practices of education (provided they are designed well). In sum, e-portfolios:
This project started with conversations between Professor Joy McCorriston, Department of Anthropology, the Middle East Studies Center, and the Office of Distance Education and e-Learning in 2014. We were looking for a way to provide access to experiential cultural learning other than study abroad, as many constraints prevent students from experiencing the Middle East first-hand. Our initial goal was to create an app that would give students access through their smartphones, but we concluded that a combination of existing tools could be used for the learning we envisioned. Social Studies Education Professor Mehmet Acikalin has been a great partner, helping us to get our dream off of the ground. He and his students have provided invaluable feedback, and continue to be instrumental in the development of the learning activities and future direction of the e-Portfolio template.