I am Michel, a cultural anthropologist, a linguist and translator (French-English-Spanish). I teach French Language and Culture in Washington DC metro area as well as cultural anthropology at Montgomery College (Maryland). My interests include language and cultures, gender and development; art, design and representation, technology and education; international migration and forced eviction. I recently published a novel titled “The Tribulations of a Sahelian Traveler” and a collection of poems: “La Parole Muette et les Echos de la Justice||Mute Speech and the Echoes of Justice”. My recent research projects include the experience of African migrant teachers in US schools, as well as an article titled “The Little Black Doll Syndrome or Linguistic Boundaries and Representations in Americanah, a novel by Chimamanda Adichie Ngozie”, and a novel project on urban renewal. I am also interested in online learning platforms. As a result, I took various courses on Lynda.com, Udemy.com; Coursera and now I am taking this course titled: "Instructional Design and Technology: Learning Theories" offered by the University of Maryland via Edx.org. The purpose of this portfolio is to learn to design online portfolio, to track the learning theories covered in class and to allow peers and the instructor to provide constructive feedback for improvement. It is part of my exploration of experiential learning, that is learning by doing.
“New technology is common, new thinking is rare.” – Sir Peter Blake
“It is important to remember that educational software, like textbooks, is only one tool in the learning process. Neither can be a substitute for well-trained teachers, leadership, and parental involvement.” – Keith Krueger