AbstractSUNY's International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC) values preparing students for meaningful civic engagement in a global society. As part of its vision to “Ignite Creativity Around the World” the ICSC is offering an annual Social Innovation Service-Learning course in Myanmar to apply creative problem-solving skills to complex social challenges. To support the subsequent delivery of this annual course, the ICSC would like to develop a language translation of its MOOC, beyond subtitles, that would be made available to Burmese people in Myanmar and immigrants world-wide. This adapted MOOC would give people in Myanmar access to important learning both before and after their in-person service learning experiences with SUNY students. A graduate of the ICSC master’s of science degree in creative studies has supportive ties with Myanmar non-profits, members of parliament, and Myanmar's State Chancellor. The hope here is to position the MOOC as a seedbed to larger projects.
DescriptionI am on target with my original timelines. Next week I leave for Myanmar with my team to begin interviews andvideotaping interviewees. The content we generate will adapt to some degree my MOOC on Everyday Creativityto better fit the Burmese viewers. Prior to this trip, we were able to translate content to Burmese which a smallset of new master teachers in Myanmar will read from a teleprompter. These master teachers are iconic figuresin Myanmar. These teachers will replace some of the video content that myself and my MOOC co-author created.Our schedule for our two-week stay in Myanmar is finalized.