Partnering with Colleagues in Other Countries
Evolving technology makes virtual partnering easier every day, providing us with options for our students to learn from those in other countries. Some of the methods used include the following:
- Institutions such as Fairleigh-Dickinson University (New Jersey, USA) bring international co-teachers into classrooms to contribute anything from a lecture to a full term's teaching.
- DePaul University recently announced its first "Global Learning Experience" awards to faculty to help internationalize their classes through web-based instructional technologies.
- Other institutions pair up similar classes around the globe. Professors at Osaka Jokaguin College (Japan) and
Madinat Zayed and Ruwais Higher Colleges of Technology (UAE) work together to create a bi-national experience where students in both institutions contribute through discussion forum postings, video-conferencing and assignments.
- IUPUI's Global Dialogue courses link Indiana-based students with peers from other countries. *‘We’ve had nursing classes, educations classes, and others,’ said Dawn Whitehead, director of curriculum internationalization. Freshman are targeted because we want them to have this international perspective as early as possible.”See this page for information on the technology used. See a sample syllabus, as well as two assignments, one built around a photograph and the other a job interview. Thank you to Hilary Kahn for sharing these resources.
- Skype is probably the most common
- Google “Hangout”
- GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar
- Moodle and similar for shared discussion boards