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Strategies, Pedagogies, and Technology for Collaborative Online International Learning

Strategies, Pedagogies, and Technology for Collaborative Online International Learning

Jon Rubin

Director, SUNY COIL Center

Date: March 5, 2014

Overview

Leaders in higher education often discuss their desire for students to engage the globalizing world, but not all students are able to participate in study abroad or exchange programs. There are, however, other paths through which students can gain a meaningful intercultural and global awareness. New teaching and learning paradigms, like those in place at the Collaborative Online International Learning Center at State University of New York, permit students to develop cross-cultural competencies across shared learning environments. COIL fosters meaningful, course-based exchanges between faculty and students with peers abroad, through the use of Internet-based tools. Rubin, director of SUNY's COIL Center, will offer attendees an overview of this innovative approach to networked education, give examples of its successful application and suggest strategies for building similar initiatives at UGA.

About the Speaker

Jon Rubin, Director of the SUNY COIL Center since its inception, has been involved in developing new modalities of online educational collaboration for SUNY since 2002, when he created his Cross Cultural Video course with the support of a Fulbright Alumni Initiatives Award received after his return from a semester teaching in Belarus. His background is in Film and New Media and he has been instrumental in COIL’s receiving grants from the NEH and OSI.