Building Identity in a Technological Community Based Learning Environment through Language


Tucson’s diversified communities create the perfect setting for this dynamic, interactive, multimedia presentation that focuses on cross-cultural education, language acquisition, identity associations, and technology-based language-learning materials for the future of education in a globalized multicultural environment. The materials used in the learning process target a population ranging from middle school age to adults within a particular socio-economic, ethnic, and contexts. The future of education relies on the proper adaptation and use of technology. We will exemplify one such use with Open Educational Resources in our community. With the premise that these can help build an identity in other collectively diverse communities through teaching practices. Pima is an institution that finds itself as the pathway between high school and a 4-year university. Our community is diverse and includes White, Mexican American, Native American and African American students. Our objective is to highlight how, at Pima Community College, we have created an educational pathway for our culturally diverse community from Middle School to University. We will share demographics and Open Educational Resources used in our classes as examples of how to build a community –based learning environment that strives to empower students to understand their own identity, cultural and linguistic diversity. Our goal is for the students who come from an underrepresented minority, bilingual-bicultural, and socio-economically challenged population, to find a niche in higher education and “see” themselves as a future professional individual by providing knowledge, opportunity, and resources through our dynamic educational practices.


Community-Based Learning, Social and Cultural Diversity


Learner Diversity and Identities


Workshop Presentation


  • Bardo Padilla
    • Discipline Coordinator, Pima County Community College, United States United States