CIED690/EDUC488: Course Learning Design with Technology in International Contexts in Taiwan
Photo courtesy Taiwan Tourism Bureau
- Develop skills for international collaboration and diverse learner engagement in education.
- Collaborate with international educators to co-create learning opportunities for K-12 learners in urban and rural areas in Taiwan.
- Gain international perspectives in education and enrich students with multicultural experiences
- Immerse in the amazing culture of Taiwan that blends different ethnic groups, including the indigenous peoples, the Dutch, the Spanish, the Japanese, the Han Chinese, and metropolitan cityscape. Learn more about Taiwan: https://youtu.be/kloT23mAHrg or here: https://www.instagram.com/taiwanstudyabroad/
- Prerequisites: None
- Fulfills: CIED690 will fulfill CIED551 (3 credits). EDUC488 will fulfill EDUC431 (2 credits).
This course leverages an interdisciplinary approach that combines literacy, technology, and engineering into the design of educational activities in an international context. The participants will work with diverse K-12 learners in urban and rural areas of Taiwan through technology-enriched learning activities. Service-learning is an important component of this course in which the program participants will work with the local school teachers to develop culturally sustaining instructional activities to engage diverse learners. Through course readings, lectures, activities, and site visits, students will develop in-depth knowledge and first-hand international teaching experiences through interaction with students, teachers, and school administrators in Taiwan. This course will immerse students in the school environments to develop their own views on the opportunities and challenges of the educational systems with the aim to enrich their own teaching activities and learning environments in the United States.
The program consists of pre-departure online learning, onsite teaching/cultural site visits, and post-trip seminar. Students will start with online learning modules four weeks prior to the departure to build the content knowledge. During the two-week trip to Taiwan, students will learn to work with local educators to design culturally sustaining activities and work with diverse learners through school visits, seminars, community interaction, and cultural site visits. Participants will share their learning and reflection in the post-trip seminar.
20% Professional Portfolio
20% Service-Learning Presentation
20% Learning Journal/Blog
20% Collaborative Teaching Presentation
20% Course Participation
Location and Tentative Dates
1) Nov. 8-Dec. 5, 2021, 4 online -learning modules, 40 hours
2) Dec. 6, 2021, program orientation, 7 hours
3) Jan 3-18, 2022, Taipei, Kaohsiung
Onsite teaching at four schools and reflection, 40 hours
University seminars and activity design, 40 hours
Geo-cultural site visits and reflection, 45 hours
4) Jan 24, 1-3pm, 2022, post-trip seminar: debriefing, presentation, evaluation, Minneapolis, 3 hours
Totals: 134 hours
View a recording of the info session from March 25th here
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link above for detailed cost information.
Total cost includes: tuition, airfare, transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations and some meals.
Housing and Meals
Double-occupancy in 3-star hotels at different cities on the island.
All breakfasts, most lunches, and 2 dinners are included. 3 lunches and 11 dinners will be on your own.
Application Procedures & Deadline
Priority Application Deadline: April 10, 2021
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2021
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For more information
On course content, contact the Program Directors:
Prof. C. Candace Chou at 6519624814, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Debra Monson at 6519624443, email@example.com
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Sustainability & Study Abroad: CO2 Emissions for This Program
The flights for this program release 2.3108 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. To put that into perspective, this is equivalent to CO2 emissions from 294,701 smartphone charges. Another way to look at this is that it would take 98.3 bags of waste recycled instead of brought to a landfill OR 87.8 incandescent lamps switched to LEDs to offset these CO2 emissions. We encourage students to make decisions to offset their carbon production from studying abroad. Check out the CoolClimate Network’s carbon footprint calculator
to identify and quantify specific behavior changes that can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.