REVIEW JANUARY 2009


Capabilities to be developed:

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0. DIMENSIONS OF THE LEARNING PLAN

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 

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

EACH CAPABILITY IS DEFINED BY THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS:

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.

DIMENSIONS OF THE LEARNING PLAN:

Multidisciplinary

Collaborative Learning

Global/International Education

Intercultural Communication

1. To learn about learning practices across cultures
GOALS EVALUATION/REVIEW SELF-EVALUATION QUESTIONS OUTCOMES
1. To learn more about other cultures; specifically, to acquire a diversity of both similar and different cultural perspectives; I learned about the three perspectives presented in the course “Adult Learning”.I produced 1 term paper.I reflected on the theories presented. a. What did I learn about other cultures?b. What did I learn about learning perspectives in other cultures? Journal entries with reflections on this topic: IN PROGRESS:Assignments for the required courses: OKGraduate thesis for Linköping University: NOT STARTED

OUTCOME EVALUATION

I need to refine my journal keeping strategies, also with regard to the following:

“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.”

2. To learn about learning theories and their practical application, and develop critical skills for their discussion. I learned about the three perspectives presented in the course “Adult Learning”.I produced 1 term paper.I participated in the relevant forumsI initiated specific discussion threads a. What did I learn about theories?b. Did I develop any critical skills?c. What are – if any – the practical applications for my learning?
3. To better understand the impact of globalization on learning processes. [goal relates to CAP 4/Goal 4] This goal has not been yet addressed.
4. To build my knowledge of issues of globalization and of how they interface with cross-cultural communication theories;[relates to CAP 3/ Goal 6 + CAP 5/Goal 5] I posted my thoughts on how the theories in “Adult Learning” may interface with Intercultural Communication theories.I approached the forum on issues of ICC and how they may impact our learning experience in our global cohort. a. What did I learn about the interaction between globalization issues and ICC theories?b. What are – if any – the practical applications of this learning?

2. To learn about the effective use of technology in international education
GOALS EVALUATION/REVIEW SELF-EVALUATION QUESTIONS OUTCOMES
1. To understand and use the It’s learning platform with confidence and competence; [relates to CAP 5/GOAL 1] a. I organized my learning tasks and collated them with my lap top and other resources.b. I have thoroughly explored the features available in the Itslearning platform. c. I can use Itslearning with competence a. Did I learn to use Itslearning with confidence and competence? Successful completion of all tasks for the course Locating Oneself in Global Learning: OK

A learning portfolio the will include the following items:

1.Documents ( readings, links, resources)

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

3. My essays on several issues;

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

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

6.My self-evaluation;

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

8.Projects;

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

IN PROGRESS

2. As the program progresses, to expand that knowledge from the It’s Learning platform to other teaching/learning tools; I have started to explore other on-line tools and have started a blog on my learning in the ALGC. The blog will be a clone of my Itslearning e-portfolio. b. What other teaching/learning tools have I used?
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; Same as aboveI have expanded my e-portfolio as outlined in the LP Issues concerning the use of technology in learning have been addressed in some posts c. What have I learned that I could include in my teaching/learning activities?
4. To understand the social and cultural implication of the use of technology in learning/teaching; same as above d. What did I learn about the cultural implications of using technology in teaching/learning?
3. To build, develop and improve international networking competencies [AND relevant CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION SKILLS]
GOALS EVALUATION/REVIEW SELF-EVALUATION QUESTIONS OUTCOMES
1. To apply my cross-cultural communication competencies to working within a global network; I am using my ICC skills and knowledge to advance the discussion among cohorters; a. Did I succeed in applying my old and new ICC competencies within a global network? Successful completion of the course Fostering Learning in Practice: NOT STARTED

Learning Portfolio -see capability # 2 IN PROGRESS

Journal entries with reflections on this topic: IN PROGRESS

Collection of posts from my participation in professional forums on relevant topics: NOT STARTED

2. To develop new friendships; I have shared my self-reflections with other cohort members and have established a closer connection to some of them. b. Did I succeed in developing closer personal connections?
3. To develop constructive communication with course participants and teachers; – As above- I am constantly striving to improve constructive communication with others. I have read a considerable amount on intragroup communication, intercultural communication, conflict transformation;- I have discussed some personal issues with Garnet. c. Did I succeed in developing constructive cooperative communication with others?
4. To participate in a global network of practitioners; [relates to CAP 4/GOAL 2] I continue to maintain my other connections, external to the ALGC d. Did I succeed in participating in a global network of practitioners? Which network? [see question b in Capability 4]
5. To explore issues of cultural and conflict transformation as they apply to global learning; IN PROGRESS. I have done some reading on the topic. e. What issues of cultural transformation did I explore?f. How did they apply to global learning?
6. 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.[relates to CAP 1/Goal4 + CAP5/GOAL5 ] see CAP 1 /GOAL 4 and CAP 5/GOAL 5 g. How do they relate / link to my personal, academic and professional interests? [see CAP 1 /GOAL 4 and CAP 5/GOAL 5 ]
4. To develop competencies in consulting work for educational programs across cultures
GOALS EVALUATION/REVIEW SELF-EVALUATION QUESTIONS OUTCOMES
1. To further refine my cross-cultural communication competencies; I have done a considerable amount of reading and reflection on ICC issues and shared those reflections with other cohorters.I have included several thoughts in my final report for “Adult Learning” a. What new ICC competencies have I built? Successful completion of the course Fostering Learning in Practice NOT STARTEDSuccessful completion of Contexts and Perspectives: OKFostering Learning in Practice: NOT STARTEDCollection of information on international education and its globalized trend: NOT STARTED:-Learning Portfolio [see capability # 2]: IN PROGRESS:

Journal entries with reflections on this topic: NOT STARTED:

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

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

Annotation: 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. ).”

2. To re-establish connections with people working in the field; [relates to CAP3/GOAL4] NOT YET ADDRESSED b. Did I succeed in participating in a global network of practitioners? Which network?[see self-evaluation question d in Capability 3]
3. To up-date my knowledge of the field and of relevant professional opportunities; NOT YET ADDRESSED c. What did I learn about new professional opportunities?d. What new knowledge of the field of international ed programs have I gained?
4. To discuss the impact of globalization processes on international education [relates to CAP 1/GOAL 3] NOT YET ADDRESSED e. What issues of int’l ed are affected by globalization processes?
5. To assess, analyze, organize, and synthesize my previous learning experiences, including formal, informal, unstructured, and self-learning as a path to personal growth
GOALS EVALUATION/REVIEW SELF-EVALUATION AND OUTCOMES
1. To create a framework for my life-long learning experiences; [relates to CAP 2/GOAL 1+2] I have worked on creating a working environment for my learning. I keep expanding my knowledge of learning tools in a systemic pattern. I am constantly reviewing and revising my LP and learning platform (e-portfolio, blog, etc) I am constantly re-framing my learning experience in light of new information, academic reading and self-reflections.From the LP: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: IN PROGRESS

Ø Official course evaluations: ONGOING

Ø Journal: NEEDS ATTENTION

Ø Capability envelop: OK

Ø Learning plan: ONGOING

Ø Capabilities self-assessment:  ONGOING

Ø Self-evaluations: ONGOING

Ø External evaluations and feedback: ONGOING

Ø Graduate thesis for Linköping University: NOT STARTED

2. To reflect on previous and current experiences to develop clarity on goals, achievements and failures; IN PROGRESS: I have started a blog for the collection of my reflections and relevant posts.
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 IN PROGRESS: I have read quite a bit on the issue of identity and exchanged my reflections with fellow student Christine Bamford and others. Some thoughts are posted on Itslearning, my e-portfolio and blog.
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. As above
5. 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. [Relates to CAP1_GOAL4 and CAP3_GOAL6 ] IN PROGRESS:  [Relates to CAP1_GOAL4 and CAP3_GOAL6 ]
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