Online Tech to Connect Arizona State’s ‘Global Classroom’ to Europe

An educational pilot project at ASU is laying the groundwork for international undergraduate educational collaboration.

Working together with Leuphana University in Germany, Arizona State University has initiated a pilot project that paves the way for international educational collaboration.

The “global classroom” program will use virtual conferencing technology along with online exercises and interactions to test traditional educational roles, put forward new ideas about educational methods, and explore and redefine the ways education is shaped by location.

“…all knowledge has context. So we asked, ‘what if as we teach about sustainability, conservation biology, science, humanities and culture, we have students from Europe, South America, China, and the U.S. all talking together?’ There would be differing views and the sharing of those views might allow students to develop solutions to challenges that none could have conceived of individually. And so was born the concept of a global classroom.”

— Robert Page, vice provost and dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ASU

Potential partners located in Germany, Holland, and Israel are observing the progress of ASU’s Global Classroom, and if the approach is successful, ASU may move forward with creating innovative educational links between the U.S. and China.

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Learn more at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-07/asu-ots070312.php

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