“Producing, Performing, & Creating Learning across the Humanities: Models of Generative Learning Assignments.”
Nathalie Dieu-Porter (Department of French and Italian) shared her French students’ projects in which they use their learning of language to develop intercultural awareness–and more. The assignment takes students from personal explorations of beliefs (their own and others’) to public performances on a site about what it means to be human. It’s grounded in an ambitious website designed as a “portrait of humanity” to “show everything that unites us, links us and differentiates us.” Called 7billionOthers.org, the site–easily searchable by topic and language–includes 6,000 interviews with people from 84 countries. Everyone answered the same questions about their “their fears, dreams, ordeals, hopes: What have you learnt from your parents? What do you want to pass on to your children? What difficult circumstances have you been through? What does love mean to you?” They also talk about death, identity, politics, happiness, God, war, work, discrimination–all through brief, personal video-narratives from people speaking a variety of languages.
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