Teaching Employability Skills to Arabic-speaking Migrants: Instructional Designer Perspectives
Amelie Hanna, Flinders University, Australia
SITE Interactive Conference, in Online, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-58-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
The unemployment rate among Arabic-speaking migrants to Australia is around 21%. A proposed intervention is to scale up English language, computer, and business skills for unemployed Arabic migrants. To answer how we can make our design work and why, we adopted Design-Based Research (DBR). In designing such an intervention, the instructional designer developed an innovative solution to the problem using a systematic ADDIE model. During development, learning plans and instructional objectives were outlined, and some content was selected, and some was developed.
These Arabic-speaking migrants have heterogeneous characteristics. In responding to this, a variation in authentic, sequential, and enjoyable activities was considered. Easy-to-understand materials as well as translations and glossaries were made available to learners. Although online training allows flexibility, online support can be challenging, especially with the translanguaging process.
The designer considered incorporating a number of research methods for the DBR, and this paper covers the development phase of the instructional design of the training, highlighting the tools used to develop the contents and activities of the modules, and the challenges faced during development, especially in ensuring the effectiveness and entertainment aspect of the training in overcoming computer/ICT, English and business skill gaps for different learners.
Hanna, A. (2021). Teaching Employability Skills to Arabic-speaking Migrants: Instructional Designer Perspectives. In E. Langran & D. Rutledge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE Interactive Conference (pp. 25-30). Online, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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