IWL 2016 Faculty Retreat

Event Date: 
05/11/2016 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
Darden School, Classroom 280 & 290
Darden School of Business

Registration is now closed - Registration ended on April 20th

Parking information is available here! (Participants will not pay for parking - IWL has covered all parking fees!)

Sponsored by The Center for Learning Design and Technology


The IWL Faculty Retreat will be on May 11, 2016 at the Darden School. We look forward to working with you at this event. Thank you for your registration!

The IWL faculty retreat is open to world language and literature faculty and graduate students, as well as to faculty across different disciplines. 

Retreat Schedule:
8:00-9:00AM: Breakfast buffet at Darden School – Abbott Center Dining Room
9:00-9:15AM: Opening remarks by Miao-fen Tseng (Director, IWL) and Francesca Fiorani (Associate Dean, Arts and Sciences) – Classroom 280
9:15-10:15AM: Keynote Speech by Edward Watson – “How We Learn and Why ePortfolios are Essential in Higher Education” – Classroom 280
10:15AM-10:30AM: Break
10:30-11:30AM: E-Portfolios in Different Levels and Different Languages – Classroom 280
11:30-12:15PM: Developing Cultural Awareness through the E-Portfolio – Classroom 280
12:15-1:15PM: Lunch buffet at Darden School – Abbott Center Dining Room
1:15-2:15PM: Concurrent Sessions – Classroom 280 and 290
         Session 1: E-Portfolio Tools and Technology Workshop
         Session 2: Next Steps for Language E-Portfolios: A Roundtable Discussion
2:15-2:30PM: Break
2:30-3:30PM: Implementation and Integration

Keynote Speech - How We Learn and Why ePortfolios Are Essential in Higher Education
Eddie Watson, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Georgia

Why is there so much interest in ePortfolios across higher education today?  The reasons are actually quite compelling and often grounded in what we know about learning.  This keynote presentation will explore answers to this overarching question by first considering what we empirically know about human cognition and how people learn.  From this foundation, we will consider the practices and pedagogies that employ ePortfolios and connect those practices to what we know about learning.  We will also explore the range of ways in which ePortfolios are being using in higher education, including teaching and learning, assessment, advising, and career development.  Example ePortfolios from each area will be shared.  The keynote will conclude with a brief summary of the most recent findings from the ePortfolio scholarship and recommendations will be provided regarding how that information should inform future ePortfolio practices.

Brief Biography

Dr. Eddie Watson is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia where he leads university efforts associated with faculty development, TA development, learning technologies, media and production services, classroom support and learning spaces, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  Possessing a Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Technology from Virginia Tech, he also teaches courses on College Teaching and is a Fellow in the Institute for Higher Education.  He is the Executive Editor of the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and the founding Executive Editor of the International Journal of ePortfolio.  He is also vice-chair of the board for the Association of Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-based Learning.  He was also recently quoted in the New York Times, CNN, NPR, Campus Technology, and University Business Magazine regarding current teaching and learning issues in higher education.  He is currently working with Jose Bowen to author a follow up to Teaching Naked, which will be published by Wiley later this year.  More about Dr. Watson can be found at http://ctl.uga.edu/watson


Faculty Sessions

Faculty from foreign language departments at UVA will share their experiences using e-portfolios to support the development of language mastery, communicative competence, and cultural competence in beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of foreign language learning. They will share best practices and a suite of e-portfolio materials as they lead participants in a lively discussion of the practical considerations of e-portfolio adoption for their own courses as well as hands-on demonstrations of the WordPress and Digication tools used in our programs. This work has been supported through two Learning Technology Incubator grants (2014-2016) and includes faculty from Chinese, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. 

**Retreat participants should bring their own laptops.

Organized by Emily Scida, Karen James, Yitna Firdyiwek, and Joanne Britland