Pedagogy & Evaluation

In designing your online intercultural exchange, you will need to consider the role of the teacher and the students, strategies for fostering online community and cohesion, and methods for evaluation of student performance. The following material may guide you as you begin addressing these issues.

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Teacher and student roles, community and cohesion, assessment — MS Word document

A handout for participants in the session “Teacher and student roles, community and cohesion, assessment” conducted by Stephen Tschudi. The handout states the goals for the session and provides questions for consideration during the session, which used the following two PowerPoint files.

Teachers, Students, Cohesion and Community in Online Interaction— PowerPoint presentation

Stephen Tschudi’s PowerPoint presentation guiding discussion comparing the roles of the students and the teacher in “Classic” Cultura (online exchange + in-class discussion) versus a totally online model. In the two models, teachers play a different role in maintaining a sense of cohesion and community in the exchange.

Assessment of Student Performance in Online Interaction— PowerPoint presentation

Stephen Tschudi’s PowerPoint presentation guiding discussion of the purposes of assessment, what data are available for analysis and use in student assessment (actual text of student postings, reports about logins and postings from course management system, interviews with students or with project partner), what rubrics or other criteria one can use, and special considerations for assessment of online-only exchanges.

Final oral assessment rubric— MS Word document

Sample of a rubric used to assess language performance for a speaking task; may be adapted for other tasks and skills.

Analysis of a “successful” intercultural conversation— PowerPoint presentation

Gilberte Fursetnberg’s PowerPoint examining student conversations about each other’s associations with the word “family/famille” in a past Cultura exchange. The PPT highlights different functions (such as offering hypotheses, agreeing, etc) with specific examples. NOTE: On slide #16 there is a link to the Word file PE06Furstenberg.doc.