The Clark College Faculty Speaker Series showcases recent experiences that have enriched both the life and teaching of a Clark faculty member.
Faculty members share their developmental experiences with the college community – and members of the community at large – while addressing some of today’s most intriguing issues.
Established by Clark College with support from the Clark College Foundation, the series honors individual faculty members and celebrates academic excellence.
Fall 2013 - Language Learning in the Digital Age: Balancing Technology with the Personal Touch
Nov. 19, 2013
Spanish Professor Erika Nava is passionate about presenting both
language and culture in a personal way. A strong advocate of the study-abroad experience, Nava remains aware that not all students are able to make those kinds of trips. In an effort to make Spanish classes even more accessible to non-traditional students and working adults, she began working to create online Spanish classes.
Nava has been told many times that learning a language online must be impossible. Come see her talk about some ways that she personalizes her Spanish online classes, with both synchronous and asynchronous activities to make that goal more attainable for her students. The key, Nava finds, is to find a balance between the technology and the personal. With the primary goal of creating community and emphasizing good communication skills, she connects in real-time using Skype and uses recording tools to enhance student learning of language and culture in class. If students can’t come to class and connect with others or have a cultural experience abroad on their own, then online classes should attempt to bring those elements to the students.
As one of the events scheduled in recognition of International Education Week, the presentation will take place Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 from 4-5 p.m. in the Ellis Dunn Community (Room 213) in Gaiser Hall on Clark’s main campus.
Winter 2014 - “What’s Happening?” Support for a Diverse Workforce through Individual Mentoring and Communities of Practice
In ancient Africa, mentors would ask “What’s happening?” as a way to gauge a young person’s welfare within the village, impart life skills and values, and maintain cultural connections. Debi Jenkins, professor and division chair of Behavioral Sciences, will discuss current research on the role of mentoring to support underrepresented administrators, faculty, and staff who work in dominant-culture campus environments.
This presentation will take place on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 4:00 p.m. in the Ellis Dunn Community Room (GHL213).