Friday, August 17, 2007

Class Project

What is the difference between a group of students and a community of learners?

"In a community of learners, teachers and students together construct a culture that values the strengths of all participants and respects their interests, abilities, languages, and dialects. Students and teachers shift among the roles of expert, researcher, learner, and teacher, supporting themselves and each other." Aída Walqui, West Ed, San Francisco, California

I think one of the strengths of our class is the possibility of learning form each other's knowledge and experience. Although this is exactly what we've been doing since the very first day, the aim of the present project is to create a collection of mini-lectures on specific academic topics related to your fields of study and close to your hearts. Topics that matter.

The start couldn't have been more powerful. Delivered with great clarity, passion and commitment, Maxi's presentation aroused great interest on a topic that is both too important and too painful to be forgotten.

Remember you can read a summary of his presentation on the wiki and you can also give your feedback or ask more questions there. Each presentation will then contribute to a kind of TOEFL iBT wikipedia we are building together.

I look forward to the rest of the presentations!

6 comments:

  1. I agree with you, Carla, about the last class project. It is not only an opportunity for learning within each other, but also a way to share our knowledge to the world. Yesterday, I watched a TV program in which the CEO of Wikipedia said that The WIki is visited for anybody around the world, no matter the theme of your presentation.

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  2. Thanks for your comments. I enjoyed preparing the presentation and giving it too.

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  3. Hi folks! How are you? Next Wednesday 12 I´ll give my "Class Project". I hope you can come. There will be an interesting questionnaire that will tell you what type of leader you are.

    Theme: Leadership
    Duration: 20 minutes

    See ya.
    Andrés.

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  4. Great, Andrés!

    I really look forward to it!

    See you tonight

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  5. Well, I give you 2 links about Leadership and Situational Leadership if you want to deepen or improve your understanding about these topics:
    http://www.skagitwatershed.org/~donclark/leader/leader.html
    http://www.12manage.com/methods_blanchard_situational_leadership_es.html
    I hope you have enjoyed the class.

    See ya.
    Andrés.

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  6. Hi, today I'll present my "Class Project" about The Psychology of Persuasion ... I'll try to upload a PPT to the wiki, but don't freak out I'll present just the intro and one of the "weapons". C U tonight. Alejandro.

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