Internationalization in Action
"Connecting Classrooms: Using Technology to Deliver Global Learning" (American Council on Education 2016).
Dr. Paul Boaheng, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, was one of two faculty members selected to receive a FSU Global Understanding Course Travel Award funded by Title III to travel to China during summer 2013 to design a Global Understanding course. Since returning to campus, Dr. Boaheng has taught PHIL 211: World Religions as a Global Understanding course with Baotou Teachers' College (BTTC) and Inner Mongolia Normal University (IMNU) in China using interactive videoconferencing and other Internet-based technologies. Dr. Boaheng's World Religions Global Understanding courses have helped students from both countries develop intellectual curiosity and a passion for learning others' culture without passing judgment on others' cultural beliefs, values and practices. Through Dr. Boaheng's Global Understanding courses, students are developing objectivity and tolerance toward people of varying religious and cultural traditions.
In addition, Dr. Boaheng has participated in Global Understanding Information Sessions as part of FSU's fall International Education Week at FSU, and lead FSU's spring Global Understanding Course Training Workshops. These Global Understanding activities were designed to equip faculty with the techniques to design and teach Global Understanding courses with FSU's international partner institutions. For additional information, please contact Dr. Boaheng at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Sidney Pash, Associate Professor of History, was one of two FSU faculty members selected to receive a Global Understanding Course Travel Award to travel to China during summer 2014. With Title III funding, Dr. Pash, visited two FSU partner institutions in Baotou and Hohhot, China to develop a Global Understanding course with BTTC and IMNU. Since returning to campus, Dr. Pash has frequently taught History 120: World History since 1600 as a Global Understanding course with colleagues at BTTC and IMNU.
In addition, Dr. Pash has participated in FSU's fall Global Understanding Information Session as part of International Education Week and collaborated with Dr. Boaheng to lead FSU's spring Global Understanding Course General Information Training Workshop. For additional information, please contact Dr. Pash at email@example.com.
Dr. Daniel Montoya, Associate Professor of Psychology, was one of the FSU Faculty selected to receive, during the year 2015, FSU Global Understanding Course Travel Award funded by Title III to travel. The award enabled him to travel to Madrid, Spain, to design a Global Understanding class together with his partners at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. Dr Montoya has adapted a section of PSYC 421, Cognitive Psychology, as part of the collaboration with his Spaniard counterparts who will be teaching a class on Cognitive Biopsychology. The collaboration is designed using an synchronic model with Internet 2.0 tools for students to interact, considering the time zone differences.
Dr. Montoya is also leading the effort to teach the first Psychology class in an educational tour of Europe. In May 2016, a class of thirteen students plus two faculty members, will participate in an 8 days tour of London and Paris featuring the History of Psychology. In this way, Juniors and Seniors can benefit from new perspectives that will inform their newly acquired professional roles. For additional information, please contact Dr. Montoya at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Linda D. Tomlinson, Assistant Professor of History, was selected to receive a Global Understanding Travel Award to travel to India in May 2015. Dr. Tomlinson and Dr. Malhotra, Assistant Professor of Georgraphy, visited the Department of Gandhian and Peace Studies at Panjab University in Chandigarh, India to develop and teach GLBL200-GU1: Global Peace Role Models: Mohatmas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nelson Mandela as a Global Understanding Course. Students enrolled in the spring 2016 course will grapple with the concept of "passive civil disobedience" in different transnational and global contexts. For additional information, please contact Dr. Tomlinson at email@example.com.
In spring 2014, Dr. Jon Young (left), Dr. Yvette Essounga (middle), and Dr. Alison Van Nyhuis (right) attended the State University of New York Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Conference. Provost Young accepted the American Council on Education's Advancing Internationalization through Technology Award at the Awards Luncheon. Later in the semester, FSU hosted an ACE/COIL award workshop with Chinese delegates, ACE/COIL consultants, and FSU stakeholders, including faculty, staff, and administrators.
As part of the award, Dr. Yvette Essounga, an who earned a Global Understanding Course Travel Award to travel to China in summer 2013, and Dr. Alison Van Nyhuis, FSU's Global Literacy Coordinator, developed pilot COIL courses that they have taught with BTTC and IMNU. For additional information on the ACE/COIL award, please see the award press release, or contact Dr. Van Nyhuis, the primary award contact, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In spring 2014, Professor Sharmila Udyavar, Dr. Sambit Bhattacharya, and Dr. Rakesh Malhotra (left) attended the Global Understanding Information Session, and Dr. Malhotra also attended the Global Understanding Workshop; both of these events were funded by Title III, and the UNC-India Request for Applications was presented and discussed at FSU's Global Understanding Information Session. Prof. Udyavar, Dr. Bhattacharya, and Dr. Malhotra applied and received funding from UNC GA to create a joint virtual course between FSU and Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.
The GU Course was taught under the FSU Global Literacy Experience (GLBL) series. The broad parameters of the course include Social Media, role of technology in peace, and the foundations provided by Dr. Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi. In addition to in class 'virtual' meetings, students were paired to discuss and use social media to create a joint virtual presentation for the course. Students not only discussed issues pertinent to the course but also were encouraged to explore cultural differences between students in India and the US. It is anticipated that the course, GLBL200-GU1, will create a platform for continued future collaborations between the two campuses. For additional information, please contact Dr. Malhotra at email@example.com.