Where’s the App for That? An Online Prototype Individual Development Plan Generator for Novice Interpreters

by Doug Bowen-Bailey, Patty Gordon, LaTanya Jones, Marty Taylor

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Most students who will enter college in the fall were 7 years old when the original iPhone was announced. These students have grown up in a digital age when there is an app for almost anything. Interpreter education is working to take advantage of digital possibilities. One effort is the development of an online app to create Individual Development Plans for novice interpreters, part of the RSA grant funded Graduation to Certification program at the CATIE Center.  Using the work of Marty Taylor (2017, 2002) and the Entry-to-Practice Competencies (2004) as frameworks, this prototype generates a customized report for interpreters with suggestions for targeted activities available in an online repository.This presentation will report on developing the app for use with interpreting students and novice interpreters, look at the challenges of assessing complex skills, discuss future development, and identify ways that educators can incorporate the app into their own programs.
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Proceedings of the 2018 Biennial Conference

Reaching New Heights in Interpreter Education: Mentoring, Teaching & Leadership