Innovative Project Based Teaching and Learning Experiences Infusing Literacy

By Jennifer Pankowski and Sharon Medow

This collaborative presentation will highlight projects infused in undergraduate and graduate education courses centered in the area of literacy and blended with the humanities, the arts and technology. These projects used inclusion of all types of learners to address content knowledge with the use of storyboards, innovative technology based poetry and the use of avatars. Our work with students begins in the classroom but has the potential to be as far reaching as one allows it to be. When faculty create innovative assignments to address multiple components for literacy, students become highly literate. Through the use of collaborative practices between students and faculty, we have developed several approaches to both writing enhanced course development and preparation for various high and low stakes writing requirements. With a focus on understanding multiple intelligences and the role they play in addressing multiple types of literacies in interdisciplinary courses that infuse the arts, humanities and multiple technology applications.  Our unique courses become a gateway into effective writing for students looking to pursue careers in multiple areas, from education or accounting and many others.

Structure: Our session will provide an interactive multi-media overview of 3 student projects from courses that infuse literacy, artistic creativity, the humanities and technology in education.  We will provide descriptions of projects, assignments, share models of students’ work samples, assessment protocols and reflections of the integrated learning experiences.  Students often complete coursework along-side students with disabilities, and different academic levels (undergraduates with graduate, even inviting high school students to attend and participate). Innovation also includes addressing old circular content in a new way, for example breathing new light into a Dr. Seuss poem through the use of technology. Attendees will be invited to participate in collaborative discussions, share ideas, experiences, comments, inquiries and recommendations.  We will invite attendees to note their accrued knowledge and engage in small group tasks, resources and successful applications of teaching literacy across disciplines. Attendees will see fexperience hand the methods for creating these assignments.

Outcomes: Participants will learn about innovative instructional methods infused in both graduate and undergraduate interdisciplinary education courses centered in the disciplines of literacy, humanities, the arts and technology applications

Participants will be encouraged to actively engage with the presenters and attendees sharing ideas, resources and additional exemplary applications of teaching and learning literacy infused with technology and inclusion of all learners across disciplines.

Participants will network and share recommendations for exploring and infusing literacy themed learning experiences both for classroom instruction and beyond into the daily lives of these students who represent all majors across the university.

Participants will receive handouts of our presentation, resources, and ideas for infusing literacy across disciplines.

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