Cherice Montgomery

Colloquium: Cherice Montgomery

Date(s) - 02/27/2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

JFSB 4010


Cherice Montgomery, Assistant Professor of Spanish & Portuguese, will present for the Humanities Center’s weekly colloquium on Thursday, February 27th. The presentation will be held at 3:00 PM in room 4010 JFSB.

Title: “Cultivating 21st Century Competence Through Playable Case Studies”

Playable Case Studies (PCSs) are interactive, educational simulations where learners interact with fictional characters to complete real world project tasks in an unfolding, authentic narrative.  The goal of a PCS is to provide contextualized, experiential learning opportunities that allow students to collaboratively and interactively construct understanding in ways that facilitate the transfer of 21st century skills to real world settings.

This project invited students enrolled in in Span 345, Span 378, and Hist 377 (i.e., undergraduate culture and teaching methods courses) to investigate challenging cultural, historical, and social questions about the Spanish Civil War.  During the PCS, students assumed the role of assistant museum curators tasked with organizing a digital exhibition of cultural artifacts from the war for high school Spanish students in the U.S. and Spain.  In order to accomplish this, participants had to critically evaluate and interpret information from multiple perspectives, make observations about historical artifacts, “converse” with native Spanish-speaking “professionals,” and produce an online, digital exhibition in small groups.

This presentation will share research findings and pedagogical materials from the project, along with key principles and low tech strategies for adapting this work to other courses.

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