Listen in each week as we speak with innovative teachers, students, and change makers in education.
Patty Goodman Hayward is the Associate Teaching Professor of two graduate programs at Northeastern University: Corporate and Organizational Communication and Human Resource Management. In this Digication Scholars Conversation, Patty and host, Kelly Driscoll, discuss implementing ePortfolio in these two programs, and the variety of approaches that students in each program bring to their ePortfolios. As Patty shares, these differences in approach are indicative of diverse talents and perspectives which must be taken into consideration when assigning and evaluating student ePortfolios. “I think it's very important, especially in the adult learning process, that the learner should be in control of what it is that they're learning, and then how they're going to actually demonstrate and show that they've learned it..” Patty recounts the process of first introducing ePortfolios on campus, and how student work groups were used to gather feedback along the way in order to create a learner centered approach. As Patty explains, the relationships formed in these student work groups have continued to prove fruitful. One student, in particular became her collaborator on a conference presentation which has since grown into a book Women Community Leaders and Their Impact as Global Changemakers [https://www.igi-global.com/book/women-community-leaders-their-impact/282683] that they are co-editing. Patty Goodman Hayward, Sahar Abdul Rehman and Zirui (Linda) Yan are finalizing close to 60 chapters of amazing stories from authors around the world telling about change agents and their powerful impacts on cultural transformation. Expected publication date is March 1, 2022.
S2 E18 - How Devotion to Active Reflection Makes Learning Happen at Oxford College (Part 2) - Jill Petersen Adams
In this Digication Scholars Conversation, Jill Petersen Adams describes her multifaceted role at Oxford College of Emory University as “Part professor, part travel agent.” Jill is a Senior Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies and Director of Global Learning and Undergraduate Research Studies - a role that includes teaching students, as well as overseeing experiential learning programs such as community engaged learning and global learning. Jill discusses the importance of student reflection, but stresses that it shouldn’t just be retrospective, but should instead be incorporated cyclically, throughout the experience. As an example, she discusses a recent global learning course, which was originally intended to be taught in Japan. Jill explains to host, Jeff Yan, how ePortfolio helped to meet the challenge of teaching the class online in the wake of COVID19, and helped her appreciate technology for its abilities to help students synthesize learning. The conversation then touches on Jill’s love for martial arts, her experience with cancer, and the role that both have played in informing her philosophy of learning. “That experience...helped me kind of reconsider my embodiment in the classroom and as a scholar, and accepting my limits. Where can I push through? Where can I not push through? What do I learn from that? And how can I better support students in understanding their own learning process?”