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G.E.T.T. Global Education Through Technology. An International Classroom. Italy. Ukraine. United States. Lebanon. Classroom Activities. Topic-Based Dialogue Family Cultural Traditions Work/Meaning of Life. Exchange of Lectures. Text of lecture from Culture 1. Text of lecture

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G.E.T.T.

Global Education Through Technology


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An International Classroom

Italy

Ukraine

United States

Lebanon


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Classroom Activities

Topic-Based Dialogue

Family

Cultural Traditions

Work/Meaning of Life

Exchange of Lectures

Text of lecture

from

Culture 1

Text of lecture

from

Culture 2


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Classroom Activities

Working with activity rotations:

Students move from live video to chat

Advance consideration of:

Different semester start dates

Matching classes by time zone

“Plan B” in case of technology failure


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Benefits of this Model

Students are exposed to truly global perspectives

A dynamic relation

between four cultures

Multiple viewpoints assure balance among institutions

Enables institutional networks for future collaboration

Video-conferencing is the next best thing to travel!


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Benefits of this Model

Technology is affordable and sustainable

Widely used H.323 standard based

Chat and email support is (almost) always available

Technical support is essential

User-friendly

Technology

Broadband connection of 256K essential


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Extensions of the Model

Guest Lectures (national or international)

Topic-Oriented dialogue – input from other countries on a specific issue/topic in a course.

Core: an international

experience through

Interpersonal

dialogue

Occasional Shared Readings and Assignments

Study Abroad Pre-travel Orientation

Co-development of a course which fully integrates international partnership(s)


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Curriculum Integration – Your Institution

  • Coordinate courses with international components

  • Develop international components of current courses (develop or connect)

    • A region of interest to particular disciplines

    • A topic of interest in a particular discipline

  • Most challenging - develop new courses


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Curriculum Integration

Faculty-driven at the individual course level

  • Course partnerships are very flexible

    • economics with political science

    • child development with sociology

  • The goal is a substantial contribution of an international perspective to selected content



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Curriculum Integration

  • Provide materials that can be shared

    • Professor lecture notes/powerpoints

    • References to news sites/cultural resources/your own online materials

    • Class connections beyond the classroom

    • Pictures?http://s69.photobucket.com/albums/i72/projectpoland_2006

  • Encourage dialogue beyond a focus on the US

  • Cultural exchange and content coverage should be balanced


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What Makes This Happen:Technical Support

Of course, this whole project relies on successful technology and “tech support.”

Firewall – There must be a way to open systems to video-conferencing.

Broadband – There must be a minimum bandwidth for successful connections


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What We Learned – Challenges

  • More work for faculty than expected: many lectures to accommodate different student groups; incorporation of new delivery and/or content in regular classes; etc.

  • Multiple groups must be consulted for project success (initial contact, test connections, faculty consultation, etc.).

  • Problems (technical, political, logistical, etc) are to be expected!

  • Negotiating time zones and different university calendars was sometimes difficult.


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What We Learned – Rewards

  • Everybody wants to do this!You can count on your partners.

  • Personal connections inspirefaculty as well as students and can lead to further collaboration.

  • The excitement of being part of a budding international educational community.

  • The model is adaptableto other goals/visions.


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What Worked for Us

  • Keeping in regular email contact with international colleagues

  • Sharing paper copies of all lectures

  • Early distribution of student handouts clearly defining:

    • A typical class session

    • Assignment expectations

    • Student responsibilities to partners

    • Intercultural and videoconferencing communication issues

  • Early establishment of student partnerships


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More of What Worked

  • Prepared questions to initiate discussions

  • Prepared ways of connecting course content to student’s lives and experiences

    • Selection of content

    • Structure of discussions

    • Types of assignments

  • Encouraging student email contact outside of class


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Try It Yourself!

Please feel free to contact us:

Dr. Elizabeth Shadish – [email protected]

Bozena (“Bo”) Morton – [email protected]


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