SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM

I. Welcome from Project PIs [Marratech Room T217]: Andrea Lunsford, Stanford University & Brigitte Mral, Örebro University

II. Team Presentation of the Project [Marratech Room T217]

  • Fall 2006 & Intercultural Theory: Alyssa O'Brien, Stanford University
  • Winter 2007 & Technology: Christine Alfano, Stanford University
  • Spring 2007 & Rhetoric: Anders Eriksson, Örebro University
  • Looking Ahead & Pedagogy: Eva Magnusson, Örebro University

** Break: Refreshments & Fresh Air **

III. Globally-Distributed Team discussion: Join with colleagues across the world to discuss what interests you most: pedagogy, technology, rhetoric, or intercultural theory.

  • Pedagogy. Focus on globally distributed teams, how you need to prepare students, developing effective lesson plans and class activities to engage students in cross-cultural dialogues, how to accommodate the language barrier, what kind of debrief is necessary, how to create bonding, etc. [Marratech Pedagogy Room]
  • Technology. Using different ICTs (blogging, videoconferencing, wikis, etc.) for cross-cultural exchanges, room design, configurations, and limitations of technology, how to balance between real-time (videoconferencing) and timelag (e-mail, blogging) communications. Best practices for mobile collaboration and digital writing in a global context. [Marratech Technology Room]
  • Rhetoric. How to teach rigorous rhetorical theory when looking at popular and cross-cultural texts, what are the different traditions of rhetoric (eastern/western), balancing traditional rhetorical instruction with hands-on learning. [Marratech Room T217]
  • Intercultural Theory. Best practices for teaching intercultural competencies – exploring the debate between immersion and understanding how people approach textual production and communication, limitations for intercultural communication based on geographic differences and technology access, issues first world and western privilege (language). How to bring in broader audiences (Asia, Europe, Africa). [Marratech Theory Room]

IV . Return for Large Group Reflections [Marratech Room T217]: Participants return to Marratech room T217 for a closing conversation as a large group. Questions to consider:

  • What do you see are the challenges and benefits of this approach to developing intercultural competencies in students and teachers?
  • Similarly, what are the challenges and benefits of this approach to teaching rhetoric and as a pedagogical model?
  • What are the benefits and challenges of this sort of technologically-mediated learning in a global context or in globally distributed teams?
  • What do you see as the feasibility and benefit of your institution's potential participation in this project?