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Global Understanding Course Information Session and Workshop
Prof. BoahengDr. Paul Boaheng (left), Assistant Professor of Philosophy, was one of two faculty members selected to receive a FSU Global Understanding Course Travel Award to travel to China during summer 2013 to design a Global Understanding course. In fall 2013, Dr. Boaheng 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.

Also, Dr. Boaheng had the unique opportunity to lead the 2014 Global Understanding Course General Information Session and Workshop held on FSU's campus on February 4, 2014 and March 1, 2014, and he is participating in a Global Understanding Information Session and Brown-Bag Lunch as part of International Education Week at FSU in November 2014. 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.

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.  Dr. Boaheng is teaching PHIL 211: World Religions as a Global Understanding course with BTTC in fall 2014 and PHIL211-GU1 with IMNU in spring 2015.

Global Understanding Course Travel Awards
Prof. PashDr. Sidney Pash (left), Associate Professor of History, is 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 and Dr. Don Okhomina, Assistant Professor of Management, visited two FSU partner institutions in Baotou and Hohhot, China to develop a Global Understanding course with BTTC and IMNU. In fall 2014, Dr. Pash is teaching one Global Understanding section of History 120: World History since 1600 with IMNU, and Dr. Okhomina is teaching one Global Understanding section of BADM210: Introduction to Global Business with IMNU.  Dr. Pash also will teach HIST120-GU1 with BTTC in spring 2015.

 

 

American Council on Education's Advancing Internationalization through Technology Award
ACE-COIL AwardIn March 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.

In late April/early May 2014, FSU hosted an ACE/COIL award workshop with Chinese delegates, ACE/COIL consultants, and FSU stakeholders, including faculty, staff, and administrators. For additional information on the ACE/COIL award, please see the award press release at http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-SUNY-COIL-Announce-Second-Round-of-Internationalization-Technology-Awards.aspx, or contact Dr. Van Nyhuis, the primary award contact, at avannyhu@uncfsu.edu.

As part of the award, Dr. Yvette Essounga, an Assistant Professor of Management 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 are teaching with IMNU and BTTC during the 2014-2015 academic year.  Dr. Van Nyhuis is teaching ENGL211: World Literature I-GU1 with IMNU in fall 2014 and ENGL212: World Literature II-GU2 with IMNU in spring 2015. Dr. Essounga is teaching BADM210: Introduction to Global Business-GU1 with BTTC in spring 2015.

UNC-India Global Understanding Course Grant
In Spring 2014, Professor Sharmila Udyavar, Dr. Sambit Bhattacharya, and Dr. Rakesh Malhotra 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 the 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; they plan to teach their joint virtual course in spring 2015.  

The GU Course will be taught under the FSU Global Literacy Experience (GLBL) series. The broad parameters of the course will 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 will also be paired to discuss and use social media to create a joint virtual presentation for the course. Students will not only discuss issues pertinent to the course but will also be encouraged to explore cultural differences between students in India and the US. It is anticipated that this spring 2015 course, GLBL200-GU1, will create a platform for continued future collaborations between the two campuses. For additional information on this grant, please contact Dr. Malhotra at rmalhotr@uncfsu.edu.

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