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In the spirit of collaboration: Sharing is caring

by Stacey Webb, Robert Adam & Christian Rathmann

Roundtable Discussion

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Webb (2017) identified that interpreter educators face many job demands and do not always have enough resources to manage those demands. One of the main findings from this study is that interpreter educators do not have the time they need to develop resources and attend to specific needs of their curriculum. Therefore, this interactive workshop aims to provide interpreter educators with time to share resources with one another (e.g. assessment rubrics, PowerPoints, video materials, situated learning-scripts). Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to share challenges, seek advice, and brainstorm solutions for working in a neoliberal higher education system.

Participants are invited to select between 1-3 topical discussion groups over the course of the 90- minute period. All groups will have a discussion facilitator to support and guide each group through the collaborative exchange. Topics include:

  1. Interpreting skills,
  2. Mentorship/Supervision/Practicum,
  3. Service Learning,
  4. Assessment Processes,
  5. Admission/Exit Processes,
  6. Challenges and Solutions within Higher Education.

Group facilitators will support the collaborative exchange among participants to ensure that participants have an opportunity to describe their resources and how they are used in practice.

To maximize the effectiveness of this exchange participants are asked to bring paper and/or electronic copies of the resource they are sharing. This will ensure participants can see what is being described to them in real-time, but also so that facilitators can effectively pool these resources with the explanations as to what they are and what/how they are used to distribute more widely to interpreter educators. With permission, all resources shared will be sure to ensure credit to the creator(s) is given.

Webb, S. (2017). Job demands, job resources, wellbeing, and student outcomes: a study of sign language interpreter educators’ perceptions. Social Sciences. Available at: http://www.ros.hw.ac.uk/handle/10399/3442.

Participants will be able to:

  • apply and share knowledge
  • enhance creativity and think differently about the work that they do
  • understand various approaches to teaching, learning and assessment

A white woman with long, red hair down below her shoulders wearing a green sweater standing outside in front of a green lawn smiles at cameraStacey Webb is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Heriot-Watt University. She is a qualified sign language interpreter and has worked as an interpreter in the USA and the UK. Her research interests include higher education systems and structures, sign language interpreting and interpreting pedagogy. She is from San Diego, California and currently living in the UK.

A white man with short brown hair and glasses wearing a grey shirt in front of a grey curtainRobert Adam is Director of Continuing Professional Development at the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre, University College London. He is a qualified sign language interpreter and translator and has worked as a Deaf interpreter in Australia, the USA and the UK. His research interests along with Deaf interpreters are bilingualism, language contact and minority sign language communities. He is also Coordinator of the World Federation of the Deaf Expert Group on Sign Language and Deaf Studies. He is from Melbourne, Australia and currently lives in the UK.

Christian Rathmann is Deaf and has been working at the Institute of German Sign Language and Communication at Universität Hamburg, Germany since 2008. He directs two BA and two MA programs (in sign language linguistics and sign language interpreting) as well as two professional programs for sign language users (Deaf Interpreting and Sign Language Education). Together with Austrian colleagues and the local Deaf Association of Salzburg, he established a professional program for Deaf interpreters housed at the University of Salzburg three years ago and has been engaged in teaching at this institution.

His three research strands are: (a) Language Acquisition and Learning, (b) (Corpus) Sign Linguistics, and (c) Interpreting in linguistically and culturally diverse contexts.