Online Graduate Students’ Globalized Teaching and Learning Experience
Abstract: The Educational Technology Specialist Program at SUNY Oneonta attracts in-service teachers to pursue their masters’ degree online. Toward the end of the program, students are to complete a 20-hour field experience to demonstrate their technology skills. This practicum is guided by schools’ technologists. The challenges include finding qualified supervisors and accurately assessing students’ performance. Some candidates are not highly motivated in doing the field experience because they have already conducted different technology-based collaborative activities in other courses before they begin the practicum. In order to solve the problems, we changed the assignment into a global teaching and learning practice. This semester the graduate students completed their field experience by collaborating with some ELL instructors in China. The American graduate students designed and delivered online workshops to train the Chinese instructors how to integrate technology applications in language classes. This has become the basis of an action research study that aims to explore the impact of this innovated global teaching and learning activity on our graduate students’ motivation in the field experience and their pedagogical and technological knowledge. The effects of the online training on English language teaching and learning will be examined. This presentation will report the reflections from both the American graduate students and the Chinese ELL instructors on this collaboration.