Transmedia Teaching Framework: from group projects to curriculum development

JALT Group: 
Event Speaker: 
Mr. James Reid from Akita International University
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for non-JALT members: 
Students - Free; Non-members - 500 yen
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

This presentation describes the Transmedia Teaching Framework: a social-constructivist approach to education designed to empower learners to be active co-creators of knowledge. The framework is theoretically built on the concepts of Transmedia Storytelling, Participatory culture and Multiple Intelligence Theory. It can be integrated into the Flipped Classroom method, and practically addressed using content based instruction (CBI) and project-based learning (PBL) approaches. I will describe how the framework has been developed and integrated into the EAP Reading curriculum at Akita International University (AIU). I will show examples of the high level work students can produce, outline specific assessment criteria, and demonstrate how students learn from previous cohorts. The Framework is easy to implement and gives the opportunity for technologically-challenged teachers to immediately integrate technology in their modules, develop technological skills by collaborating with their students, and assume the role of content and language expert.

About Mr. James Reid:
James Reid is a Lecturer at Akita International University in Japan, where he teaches Academic Reading. He holds a BA in History, an MA in Applied Linguistics and is studying for a PhD in Higher Education at Lancaster University. His recent research involves the activation of intrinsic motivation in university settings through the use of student generated storytelling. He has written a number of papers on how emergent Internet-based social affinity spaces can be co-opted for educational purposes – both in terms of student and teacher development.