Learning Plan 2008 and teacher’s evaluation

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LEARNING PLAN

Intercontinental Master’s Program in Adult Learning and Global Change

Course: Locating Oneself in Global Learning 1
Instructor: Dr. Garnet Grosjean Tutor: Dr. Sam Paldanius
Learning Partner: Jacqueline Thornley-Hall
Date: Sept.13, 2008 Review Period: Sept. 2008 – June 2010

…… Come, my friends,
‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles……

Ulysses, by Alfred Tennyson

LEARNING STATEMENT

My personal background and general interest in the ALGC

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I have been living abroad for most of my adult life, acquiring considerable intercultural exposure and cross-cultural competencies, and developing a strong appreciation for intercultural diversity. This composite experience serves as a platform for my daily interactions with people from different cultures. My academic, professional and personal background is anchored in the area of cross-cultural communication but remains open to other perspectives.

I believe that conflict and cultural transformation and global education are effective approaches to dealing with of the complexity of today’s economic and cultural globalization. Global education in particular can make a powerful contribution to enhancing so many people’s lives. Furthermore, I strongly believe that multicultural identity and third-culture approaches can serve as models for a more sustainable and inclusive society, away from nationalistic confrontations. These models are still being researched and tested in the daily unfolding of world events.

The program’s multidisciplinary, collaborative and international nature appears to be a perfect fit for my own worldview, learning style and life experience and will provide an arena for open examination and discussion of those issues among cohort members.

I embrace a synergetic and systemic approach to learning and will use it to connect the capabilities and learning goals outlined in this document. Such connections will underline personal ownership of both my learning experience and the relevant learning plan.

Overall Objectives

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I consider the ALGC as a natural extension of my previous studies.

I am particularly interested in the areas of global learning, teaching technology, and in understanding globalization processes. Participation in the Program offers a unique opportunity to learn more about such issues and to consolidate my various learning and work experiences within a strong international academic framework.

I am also interested in how global education and learning may affect specific groups or issues such as international students, immigrants, independent travelers, independent migrants, transient cultures, academic settings, NGO’s, international agencies, and similar.

I hope that, through my active participation in the Program, I will become part of a world-wide network of practitioners. I am very interested in exploring new personal and career opportunities that will allow me to engage with other professionals in a discussion over issues of globalization and cultural transformation.

Capabilities to be developed

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1.      To learn about learning practices across cultures;

2.      To learn about the effective use of technology in international education;

3.      To build, develop and improve international networking competencies [and relevant conflict transformation skills;] Annotation: I will consider the possibility to include this last part in this capability, or to develop it as a separate one. It appears that the ALGC does not offer any specific venue that allows for in-depth learning of conflict transformation issues. Nevertheless, being this a long standing interest of mine, I would like to explore possible links between conflict transformation and working across-cultures. This point will be clarified later in the program.

4.      To develop competencies in consulting work for educational programs across cultures;

5.      To assess, analyze, organize, and synthesize my previous learning experiences, including formal, informal, unstructured, and self-learning as a path to personal growth.

Next, I will outline each capability in detail by addressing the headings listed below. Each capability will be visually associated to a different color and pictorial presentation:

GOALS to be pursued
ACTIONS
I will take to attain the goals
RESOURCES
I will draw upon
OUTCOME
that I will produce
OUTCOME EVALUATION
to assess the outcome.

To learn about learning practices across cultures

Definition: I will acquire knowledge of learning practices in different parts of the world and will learn to develop a critical viewpoint on the topic in the light of current globalization processes.

Present capabilities: I have a solid background in learning across-cultures based on my personal, academic and professional experience.

This capability matches the following Program Objectives:

  • understand and act on commonalities and differences across different contexts for adult learning
  • learn and work globally
  • learn how to learn in a complex international environment
  • read and act on cultural sensibilities and sensitivities
  • create networks of relationships across countries and help establish a global community of adult learning practitioners
  • challenge orthodoxies in adult learning theory and practice
  • understand the implications for practice of different discourses of globalization
  • adopt a social justice perspective on all issues of learning

GOALS

Personal goals:

1. To learn more about other cultures; specifically, to acquire a diversity of both similar and different cultural perspectives;

Professional and academic goals:

2.To learn about learning theories and their practical application, and develop critical skills for their discussion.

3.To better understand the impact of globalization on learning processes.

4. Additional possible goal: To build my knowledge of issues of globalization and of how they interface with cross-cultural communication theories;

ACTIONS

  • Actively participate in the course Locating Oneself in Global Learning; that will help me set up a framework for personal and collaborative learning that I will use throughout the ALGC.
  • Actively participate in the courses Adult Learning: Context and Perspectives; Fostering Learning in Practice; Global/Local Learning.
  • Actively participate in the discussion boards;
  • Actively participate in other interaction with members of the cohort, including teachers, tutors, and my learning partner.

RESOURCES

Ø      Course readings and material;

Ø      Personal search of on-line literature and other resources related to the topic;

Ø      Journal;

OUTCOME

Ø      Journal entries with reflections on this topic;

Ø      Assignments for the required courses;

Ø      Graduate thesis for Linköping University.


OUTCOME EVALUATION

Self-evaluation

  • Periodically review and revise my initial assessment of capabilities

External evaluation

  • Feedback from the cohort, teachers, learning partner and tutors
  • Official course evaluations

Annotation: Following my learning partner’s suggestion, I will capture some of the cultural learning gained from interacting in the discussion boards. I will keep some type of record of issues that arise that may be relevant to the issues of cross-cultural communication.   This step will be defined later. The journal and several folders for my e-portfolio will be used for such narrative.

To learn about the effective use of technology in international education

Definition: This capability includes both technical and reflective aspects. I will acquire knowledge and expertise in the use of technology for educational programs, and will learn to develop a critical viewpoint on the topic.

Present capabilities: I am well versed at some software and internet platforms.  I have recently successfully completed an on-line course on The Art of Teaching and workshops on how to design on-line courses.

This capability matches the following Program Objectives:

  • use teaching and learning technologies globally
  • understand knowledge based societies and their implications for learning

GOALS

Personal goals:

1. To understand and use the It’s learning platform with confidence and competence;

2.As the program progresses, to expand that knowledge from the It’s Learning platform to other teaching/learning tools;

Professional and academic goals

3.   To learn how to use appropriate technology to facilitate learning/teaching by using various technical solutions for the design and development of my portfolio;

4.   To understand the social and cultural implication of the use of technology in learning/teaching;

ACTIONS

  • Actively participate in the course Locating Oneself in Global Learning; that will help me achieve goals 1,2 and 3;
  • Design my e-portfolio shell and back-up folders on my home computer;
  • Use whatever computer technology is available to me to organize my learning tasks;
  • Actively participate in the discussion boards and other interaction with members of the cohort, including teachers, tutors, and my learning partner.
  • Assist others in the program to benefit from the learning technology. This will serve as a demonstration of the capability and a way to practice my virtual, global, teaching skills.

RESOURCES

Ø      Hands-on practice with the It’s learning platform, similar platforms and other technology used in my learning and professional experience;

Ø      Course readings and material;

Ø      Personal search of on-line literature and other resources related to the     topic;

Ø Journal;

OUTCOME

Ø      Successful completion of all tasks for the course Locating Oneself in Global Learning

Ø      A learning portfolio the will include the following items: (some of them will concur in meeting other goals listed in this Learning Plan)

a.      Documents ( readings, links, resources)

b.      My course documents (e.g. Capabilities Self-Assessment Schedule; Learning Plan)

c.      My essays on several issues;

d.      My course bibliography and web resources with relevant annotations;

e.      My reflection on my personal, professional and academic experience;

f.        My self-evaluation;

g.      Other people’s evaluation of my work and their feedback;

h.      Projects;

i.         Progress chart of tasks, assignments, learning strategies, and other learning related issues.

OUTCOME EVALUATION

Self-evaluation

  • Periodically review and revise my initial assessment of capabilities
  • Periodically review and assess my portfolio

External evaluation

  • Official course evaluation for Locating Oneself in Global Learning
  • Feedback from the cohort, teachers, learning partner and tutors on my learning portfolio;
  • Feedback from cohort peers on the effectiveness of my technical support and suggestions.

Annotation: Following my learning partner’s suggestion, I may include feedback from my own students on the effectiveness of my approach to teaching using specific learning technologies

To build, develop and improve international networking competencies [AND relevant CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION SKILLS] (*)

(*)I will consider including this last part in this capability, or developing it as a separate one. It appears that the ALGC does not offer any specific venue that allows for in-depth learning of issues of conflict transformation. Nevertheless, being this a long standing interest of mine, I would like to explore links between conflict transformation and working across-cultures. This point will be clarified later in the program.

(**)The on-line nature of the ALGC can already be a source of communication conflicts. Considering the participants’ international and multicultural backgrounds, chances for such conflicts are even higher. The development of the following goals is pivotal to my constructive, successful and respectful participation in the ALGC. The Program offers a somewhat unique opportunity for experiencing and transforming conflicts that may be cultural at their roots. This experience will pose an unstated and most likely untested challenge to each participant’s beliefs and values. My journal will allow for reflection on this type of learning environment and its particular dynamic.

Definition: I will strengthen my current international networking skills and expand them into the area of global learning. [Possibly, I will include issues of conflict transformation in this capability.] This capability lies at the heart of the ALGC Program and will develop throughout the Master’s Degree. My participation in the courses will greatly benefit from it.

Present capabilities: I have lived in and alongside other cultures for my entire life. I am also fluent in 4 foreign languages and have studied and worked in a variety of international settings. As part of my professional experience, I worked on assignments that required international networking skills. I have the ability to establish connections among people of different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Furthermore, I have a high level of what is referred to as cross-cultural communication competency.

I see myself as a cultural bridge, namely as a person who can effectively play multiple roles:

a) As a knowledgeable, culturally sensitive, fairly skilled interculturalist anchored in the teachings of Cross-cultural Communication;

b) As a long standing learner of issues of conflict transformation, and of its cross-cultural implications and benefits;

c) As a promoter of the idea of third-culture (multicultural) identity and third-culture building.

This capability matches the following Program Objectives:

§               understand and act on commonalities and differences across different contexts for adult learning

§               learn and work globally

§               use teaching and learning technologies globally

§               read and act on cultural sensibilities and sensitivities

§               critically reflect on one’s own professional practice

§               create networks of relationships across countries and help establish a global community of adult learning practitioners

GOALS

Personal goals:

  1. To apply my cross-cultural communication competencies to working within a global network;
  2. To develop new friendships;
  3. To develop constructive communication with course participants and teachers;

See above annotation (**)

Professional and academic goals:

4.  To participate in a global network of practitioners;

5.  To explore issues of cultural and conflict transformation as they apply to global learning; See above annotation (*)

6.  Additional possible goal: To identify links between the different areas of my personal, academic and professional interests in of third-culture (multicultural) identity, third-culture building, conflict transformation and cross-cultural communication.  This goal interfaces with those outlined for capability # 5.

ACTIONS

  • Actively participate in the course Locating Oneself in Global Learning will help me establish, develop and nurture constructive and respectful international networking skills with teachers and participants.
  • Actively participate in the course Fostering Learning in Practice will provide an opportunity to learn more about this capability and the establishment of a framework to assist me in issues of professional development, networking and career planning.
  • Actively participate in the discussion boards and interact with members of the cohort, including teachers, tutors, and my learning partner.
  • Critically reflect on my own professional practice

RESOURCES

Ø      Communicating via the It’s learning platform and other means.

Ø      On-line networking forums and websites on professional networking

Ø      Course readings and material;

Ø      Personal search of on-line literature and other resources relevant to this capability;

Ø      Resources on third-culture (multicultural) identity and third-culture building (readings; web sites; journals.)

Ø      My journal

OUTCOME

Ø      Successful completion of the course Fostering Learning in Practice

Ø      Learning Portfolio ( see capability # 2 )

Ø      Journal entries with reflections on this topic;

Ø      Possible outcome: collection of posts from my participation in professional forums on relevant topics

OUTCOME EVALUATION

Self-evaluation

§         Periodically review and revise my initial assessment of capabilities

§         Periodically review and revise my portfolio

§         Review my journal

External evaluation

§         Feedback from cohort, small group discussions, learning partner and instructors  to guide my growth in this area

§         Course evaluation for Fostering Learning in Practice

To develop competencies in consulting work

for educational programs across cultures

Definition: I will expand my current knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues of cultural adjustment and living abroad; I will learn about their professional aspects and how to improve my skills in international consulting for educational venues. This capability intersects with others in this learning plan.

Present capabilities: I have a B.I.S. in Intercultural Communication and International Student Advising. I am passionate about international education programs, but I lack recent hands-on professional experience in the field. I also have a strong background in cross-cultural communication as it applies to the needs of international learners. I am familiar with some issues concerning higher education in the U.S., Europe and Australia. I have participated in professional organizations’ meetings and conferences such as NAFSA, The association of International Educators, and SIETAR, The Society for Intercultural Education, Training And Research.

This capability matches the following Program Objectives:

§               understand and act on commonalities and differences across different contexts for adult learning

§               learn and work globally

§               appreciate the historical context of present developments and link these to practice

§               critically reflect on one’s own professional practice

§               create networks of relationships across countries and help establish a global community of adult learning practitioners

GOALS

Personal goals:

  1. To further refine my cross-cultural communication competencies;
  2. To re-establish connections with people working in the field;

Professional and academic goals:

3.      To up-date my knowledge of the field and of relevant professional opportunities;

4.      To discuss the impact of globalization processes on international education

ACTIONS

§         Actively participate in all ALGC courses; that will provide valuable insights in an international education program;

§         Actively participate in Contexts and Perspectives and Fostering Learning in Practice; I will hopefully be able to examine situations significant to my interest in this capability and will develop abilities to explore and analyze some of the relevant issues. In Fostering Learning in Practice, through the use of action research, I will have the opportunity to focus on my own professional interests, which will help me develop this capability;

§         Possibly participate in NAFSA or SIETAR conferences

§         Explore issues related to this capability with members of the cohort, including teachers, tutors, and my learning partner.

§         Reflect on my learning

RESOURCES

Ø      Personal research of on-line literature and other resources related to the topic;

Ø      Possible conference attendance;

Ø      Professional on-line forums and websites

Ø      Course readings and material;

Ø    Journal

OUTCOME

Ø      Successful completion of Contexts and Perspectives and Fostering Learning in Practice;

Ø      Collection of information on international education and its globalized trend;

Ø      Learning Portfolio ( see capability # 2 )

Ø      Journal entries with reflections on this topic;

Ø      Possible outcome: short report of my participation in professional conferences;

Ø      Possible outcome: collection of posts from my participation in professional forums on relevant topics;

Ø      Annotation: Following my learning partner’s suggestion, ” I could design an intercultural program component for an intercultural firm or students I currently teach ( I do not know if the program builds in time for these types of projects or whether we are limited by the program boundaries i.e. given assignments. ).”


OUTCOME EVALUATION

Self-evaluation

§         Periodically review and revise my initial assessment of capabilities

§         Periodically review and revise my portfolio

§         Review my journal

External evaluation

§         Official course evaluations for Fostering Learning in Practice and Contexts and Perspectives

§         Feedback from learning partner and other learners with similar interests;

To assess, analyze, organize,  and synthesize my previous learning experiences, including formal, informal, unstructured, and self-learning as a path to personal growth

Definition: This capability is of a very personal nature. Its development will be based mainly on personal reflection and self-evaluation of current and past learning, professional and life experiences. Furthermore, I feel the need to achieve more clarity on my goals, achievements and failures. This effort will be based on a variety of tools for personal reflections and growth, including personal experience, others’ experience, feedback, readings, philosophical approaches, examination of worldviews, and whatever might be useful to gain a better understanding of myself, of where I am coming from and where I am heading to. Throughout the ALGC I will also consider issues related to my own personal and cultural identity in an attempt to explore, make sense and integrate them within the narrative on the broader international community in the light of scholarly studies in this area.

As stated at the top of this document, I believe in a synergetic, systemic approach to learning.  The development of this specific capability will run parallel to the other capabilities set forth in this document.

Present capabilities: Over the years I have developed the ability to observe, analyze and draw lessons from the events that have occurred in my life.

This capability matches the following Program Objectives:

§               understand the implications for practice of different discourses of globalization

§               adopt a social justice perspective on all issues of learning

§               read and act on cultural sensibilities and sensitivities

§               critically reflect on one’s own professional practice

GOALS

Personal goals:

1.    To create a framework for my life-long learning experiences;
2.    To reflect on previous and current experiences to develop clarity on goals, achievements and failures;

Professional and academic goals:

3.     To reflect on my own personal and cultural identity in the light of scholarly studies in this area, as an attempt to explore, make sense and integrate it within the narrative on international and intercultural experience

4.      To discuss the outcome of my reflections with members of the cohort, including teachers, tutors, and my learning partner. (possibly by setting up a small discussion group)

5.      Additional possible goal: See suggested goal # 6 listed for capability # 3

[To identify links between the different areas of my personal, academic and professional interests in of third-culture (multicultural) identity, third-culture building, conflict transformation and cross-cultural communication.]

ACTIONS

  • Actively participate in all ALGC courses;
  • Active participation in the course Locating Oneself in Global Learning in particular will help me establish the framework that will allow me to develop this capability;
  • Use and further refine the learning tools (portfolio, journal, capability envelop, learning plan, capabilities self-assessment) throughout the ALGC in order to reach a comfortable level of self-analysis of my personal growth.

RESOURCES

Ø      Learning tools: portfolio, journal, capability envelop, learning plan, capabilities self-assessment;

Ø      Discussion boards

Ø      Feedback from the cohort and teachers;

OUTCOME AND OUTCOME EVALUATION

For this capability, outcome and outcome evaluations are two faces of the same process. By carrying out the actions for this capability I will start a circular feedback loop that will serve both as intended outcome and assessment. My ongoing learning experience and relevant evaluation will be fed back into the learning process and will become a record of my progress or lack thereof.

I will consider having successfully developed this capability to the extent in which I will be able to synthesize my learning experience and include such new understanding and growth in my graduate thesis.

Ø      Learning portfolio;

Ø      Official course evaluations;

Ø      Journal;

Ø      Capability envelop;

Ø      Learning plan;

Ø      Capabilities self-assessment;

Ø      Self-evaluations;

Ø      External evaluations and feedback;

Ø      Graduate thesis for Linköping University.

ADDENDUM 1: Schedule of Self-Assessment of Capabilities  Sept.17,2008

Oscar Vallazza – 2008 ALGC Schedule of Self-Assessment of Capabilities
Specific capabilities to be developed in the degree include the ability to: Present Level of Competencerate yourself from 1 to 5 where 1 is expert, 2 is experienced, 3 is moderate level of knowledge, 4 is some knowledge and 5 is novice Desired Levelrate yourself from 1 to 5 where 1 is expert, 2 is experienced, 3 is moderate level of knowledge, 4 is some knowledge and 5 is novice Perceived Growth in Levels of Competence
learn how to learn in a complex international environment 3 2
understand and act on commonalities and differences across different contexts for adult learning 4 3
learn and work globally 1 1
understand knowledge based societies and their implications for learning 4 3
understand the implications for practice of different discourses of globalization 3 2
appreciate the historical context of present developments and link these to practice 4 3
adopt a social justice perspective on all issues of learning 3 2
use teaching and learning technologies globally 3 1
read and act on cultural sensibilities and sensitivities 2 2
critically reflect on one’s own professional practice 3 2
create networks of relationships across countries and help establish a global community of adult learning practitioners 2 1
challenge orthodoxies in adult learning theory and practice 4 2

ADDENDUM 2

Program Objectives

The numbers in brackets refer to my own capabilities envelope

Specific capabilities to be developed in the degree include the ability to:

* learn how to learn in a complex international environment (1)
* understand and act on commonalities and differences across different contexts for adult learning
(1) (3) (4)

* learn and work globally (1) (3) (4)
* understand knowledge based societies and their implications for learning
(2)
* understand the implications for practice of different discourses of globalization
(1)

* appreciate the historical context of present developments and link these to practice (4)
* adopt a social justice perspective on all issues of learning
(1) (5)

* use teaching and learning technologies globally (2) (3)

* read and act on cultural sensibilities and sensitivities (1) (3) (5)

* critically reflect on one’s own professional practice (3) (4) (5)

* create networks of relationships across countries and help establish a global community of adult learning practitioners (1) (3) (4)

* challenge orthodoxies in adult learning theory and practice. (1)

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One Response

  1. TEACHER’S EVALUATION
    Submitted 23 September 2008 14:45 by Oscar Vallazza
    Participants Oscar Vallazza
    Title Oscar’s Learning Plan and Capabilities Self-Assessment Schedule
    Status Submitted
    Assessed by Sam Paldanius
    Assessment Excellent
    Comment Hi Oscar. Thank you for an excellent learning plan. I enjoyed reading it. The structure of your presentation makes it easy to understand how you want to integrate your own resources (capabilities) with actions and the program. The layout is good and well thought through. I like the fact that you refer to the criticism from your learning partner. Very good stuff.

    In fact it is hard to say much more than that this is an excellent piece of work. All the parts I want to see is in place and well described. I believe you have put a significant amount of effort to the learning plan, and I don’t mean the number of pages. Here is a question for you.

    You keep mentioning the “conflict transformation” throughout your text. I’m not an English native and so I have to ask, does the concept refer to transformation from conflict to less conflict or does it mean conflict to a different type of conflict? In my experience conflict is both good and bad depending on perspective. Can you clarify your view and thus maybe develop the capabilty of intercultural communication? 😉

    As I am sure you already know, your plan is a bit too big. Can you give the same message with half the pages? That is also an important capability, which you can develop during the course.

    All in all an excellent learning plan. Good luck in the next course.

    Best regards
    Sam Paldanius

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