MELE: A Culture-based Metaphoric Distance Learning Program
Recorded: Thursday, April 18th, 2013 @ 1:30 pm - 1:50 pm HST
Duration: 20 mins
Web 2.0 tools, multimedia resources, and mobile learning platforms facilitate and transform an onsite culture-based workshop into MELE: a dynamic online metaphoric distance learning program with mentoring strategies customized by, and for, Polynesian communities. MELE is an acronym for Metaphoric Educational Learning Experiences. The culture-based MELE program delivers age-appropriate curricula infused with Polynesian values and traditions that empower and enable volunteer community mentors to work effectively with at-risk youth through culturally-sensitive relationships measured online with predefined goals, objectives, and measurable benchmarks. The MELE program includes online courses with technology supported learning that blend traditions, values, and instructor/student-generated videos into a symbiotic learning environment using Web 2.0 tools like Xtranormal for avatar video animations; Facebook for social interaction with peers; and YouTube for student-generated video dissemination as open educational resources (OER) for Polynesian communities.