GLOBAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES - A TWO TIERED APPROACH
GC attracts partners to share in the five to seven events produced each
academic semester. These two-hour events highlight global issues and
cultures from around the world and are created exclusively in-house. The
GC structures events around dynamic and engaging guest speakers who can
communicate their first-hand knowledge about the issues at hand. Often
these speakers are located out of the country and are seamlessly
transmitted to the classroom.
partners view the events and take part in the open forum period after
the guest has delivered his/her message. During the event, students
from around the world are linked and shown on different screens in the
lecture hall. Educators can formulate lesson plans around the event or
incorporate the event into an existing context. Since these events are
cross-disciplinary in nature and scope, they can easily be assimilated
into many different venues.
second tier elevates the first to a complete integration of education
between two, or more, partner classes. During this class, professors
from each school would collaborate to create a common syllabus for their
classes, use a common textbook, have identical tests and projects if
desired, and teach in tandem to students who were connected via video
teleconference for lectures. Students are then encouraged (through
simple dialogue and group learning projects) to expand upon their
classroom learning and have cross-cultural experience via the internet.
The experience will culminate in student and professor exchanges.