Brown Bag Speaker: Steve Thorne

Event time: 
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Center for Language Study (Dow Hall) See map
370 Temple St.
Event description: 

Speaker:  Steve Thorne

“Mobile Augmented Reality gaming: Designs for hyper contextualization and situated usage events”

In the new millennium, emerging mobile technologies have had a profound effect on information and communication practices – from interpersonal communication and social coordination to the on-demand, just-in-time dynamics of ubiquitous access to information. While mobile technologies saturate everyday life, they are only recently coming to support, and in some cases to transform, learning opportunities and processes. Applying principles expressed in cultural-historical and ecological approaches to development (Bateson, 1972; Engeström & Sannino, 2010; Kramsch, 2006; van Lier, 2004), extended and embodied cognition (Atkinson, 2010; Clark, 2008), and usage-based linguistics (Tomasello, 2003; Yuldashev, Fernandez, & Thorne, 2013), this talk presents a design approach to creating environments for language learning. Following a discussion of recent research describing plurilingual communication in the digital wilds (Thorne, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016; Thorne & Ivković, 2015), a number of ‘rewilding’-inspired formative interventions are described. These projects largely focus on the use of mobile Augmented Reality (AR) place-based pedagogy, the primary objective of which is to embed language usage events and resources in phenomenologically rich and embodied experience in the world (Thorne, 2013; Thorne, Hellermann, Jones, & Lester, 2015). The presenter will draw on research findings from a number of the projects to highlight learning outcomes, synthesize lessons learned at the design and implementation stages, and make recommendations for future research and practice.

Steve Thorne (Ph.D., UC Berkeley) is Associate Professor of Second Language Acquisition in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Portland State University (USA), with a secondary appointment in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). His interests include formative interventions in world language education contexts, intercultural communication, indigenous language revitalization, communication across new media and mobile technologies, and research that draws upon contextual traditions of language analysis and usage-based approaches to language development.