During this time slot, you will be free to choose one of the following breakout sessions to attend!
Research Like a Linguist: Integrating Discipline Specific Research Practices to Advance Epistemic Cognitive Development
Presenters: Catherine Baird, Online and Outreach Services Librarian, and Jonathan Howell, Associate Professor
Description: We will share the evolution of a research-based assignment in Dr. Howell’s Phonology course, a requirement in the Linguistics major. We have been experimenting with how to teach the necessary research skills to students as they complete an “Adopt A Language” research assignment. We will ask the audience to participate in the research activities that the students are expected to complete, revealing the blindspot instructors sometimes have for student research practices. We’ll also share lessons learned about weaving in information literacy learning into course content. #Learning Design
Ensuring Optimal Learning Spaces by Using Technology to Mitigate Implicit Biases
Presenters: Milton A. Fuentes, Professor, Heather Hernandez Moss, Teaching & Research Assistant, and Michelle Truffin, Adjunct Faculty
Description: Montclair State University is committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion; however, implicit biases, if not properly considered, can thwart these efforts. Implicit biases include mental associations around demographic variables that can influence judgment and behaviors, leading to prejudice and discrimination (Greenwald et al., 2022). Implicit biases are automatic and occur outside of our awareness; they don’t necessarily adhere to our explicit biases; and they can cause problematic academic outcomes (Staats et al., 2016). Specifically, they can foster identity threat (Steele, 2010); lead faculty to enfranchise some students and disenfranchise others; or prevent fair grading and classroom practices. Moreover, these pernicious biases are multidirectional with faculty having biases toward students; students having biases toward faculty, and students having biases toward each other. Yet, some argue (Devine et al., 2017) that these biases can be mitigated. This session will highlight how to use technological tools to monitor and mitigate these biases. Specifically, technological tools for engaging in anonymous review and discretion elimination (Greenwald et al, 2022) will be enumerated to ensure impartial evaluation practices. Moreover, it will discuss how to utilize technology platforms with evidence-based, social psychology strategies (e.g., individuation, perspective taking, contact; Devine et al., 2017) to promote optimal classroom interactions. #Community&Inclusion
Using StoryMap to Develop a Sense of Place in a Language Classroom
Presenters: AJ Kelton, Director, CHSS Digital Media CoLab
StoryMap, by ArcGIS, is a free online tool that can be used to create immersive stories via text, multimedia, and interactive maps. In this session, Dr. AJ Kelton, Director of the CHSS Digital Media CoLab (DMcL), will overview the development of a Canvas-based module designed along with Dr. Marisa Trubiano, Associate Professor of Italian, to teach students in her Italian II language course how to use StoryMap for a course assignment.
Under the direction and supervision of Dr. Kelton, The DMcL Student Team maintains, supports, and updates the LEMs. Focused on the basic affordances of the application, LEMs include video instruction, two rubric-based assignments, a quiz, and a badge awarded to the student via Suitable.
The intent of the assignment, and the use of StoryMap, is to provide students a means to “map out” their own self-identities, and the linguistic and cultural communities to which they feel they belong. The assignment is designed to highlight the diversity of linguistic and cultural experiences in the classroom community and to promote a heightened understanding and appreciation for it among classmates.
This session will review the design of the learning experience module (LEM), including design and learning objectives. Attendees will have an opportunity to see select “maps” created by students as well as see a walk-through the LEM.