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Friday, October 4 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Connected Learning Across Socio-Cultural Borders: Designing to Support Immigrant Parents

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This symposium brings together researchers and practitioners to share cutting edge initiatives that support immigrant parents’ participation in connected learning environments. From a connected learning perspective, it is essential for young people to have the support of a network of peers, teachers, and parents facilitating their pursuit of personal interests or passions, as well as their ability to link these experiences to academic achievement. While there has been a growing interest in exploring the role of parents in these networks, we are just beginning to understand how parents from non-dominant backgrounds such as immigrants and refugees fit in this picture. These groups’ differences from the norm often keep them in conditions of extreme information poverty, complicating their ability to harness resources for advancing their children’s lives. Against this background, in this symposium we highlight the strategies of resilience and unique funds of knowledge that immigrant parents have developed which might serve as an inspiration for connected learning initiatives. This symposium will feature five approaches to supporting immigrant parents as connected parents, ranging from exploring the potential of intergenerational parent-children online interactions to articulating the precise role of technology in the information ecology of immigrant parents to methods for designing and deploying assets-based interventions for these parents. We conclude by opening the discussion to the audience about how to expand the vision of connected learning to populations with non-dominant information and technology practices.

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Betsy DiSalvo

Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Betsy DiSalvo is an Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech she leads the Culture and Technology (CAT) Lab, where they study cultural values and how those values impact technology use, learning, and production... Read More →
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Ricarose Roque

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder)
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Alexander Cho

UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow, Connected Learning Lab / UC Irvine
I'm a digital media researcher/designer, cultural anthroplogist, and critical theorist studying digital media and race/gender/sexuality.
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Marisol Wong-Villacres

PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
Marisol Wong-Villacres is an Ecuadorian mother of two who also happens to be a Ph.D. student in Human-Centered Computing at Georgia Tech. Using ethnographic and participatory methods, in the last three years she has worked with Hispanic immigrant parents in envisioning technologies... Read More →
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Wendy Roldan

PhD Student, University of Washington
Family learning, equity in HCI and engineering education

Emily Roden

Founder and President, ReadyRosie

Friday October 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
Doheny Beach C/D 311 Peltason Dr., Irvine, CA, 92697