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Students’ Perspectives on Their Own Learning: FDU’s Global Mission

Posted by ctlt on June 6, 2008

The final presentation for the 2008 TNT Institute was “Student’s Perspectives on Their Own Learning: FDU’s Global Mission,” presented by Diana Cvitan, Director of the Office of Global Learning. You may download her PowerPoint presentation here.

Diana noted for participants that global education is part of FDU’s Mission Statement:

The University’s Mission

Fairleigh Dickinson University is a center of academic excellence dedicated to the preparation of world citizens through global education. The University strives to provide students with the multi-disciplinary, intercultural, and ethical understandings necessary to participate, lead, and prosper in the global marketplace of ideas, commerce and culture.

The Office of Global Learning is a central resource for the university that doesn’t offer a single, formulaic approach to global learning, but rather supports student participation in multiple activities, and thus is truly student-centered, and encourages engaged learning.

Diana provided an overview of several programs supported by the Office of Global Learning:

Faculty in the Global Virtual Faculty Program work all around the world and have lots of different backgrounds. They join in an online partnership with FDU, and have participated in online discussions in core courses (such as The Global Challenge), English and Literature courses, courses in Nursing and in Pharmaceutical Management. There are different models for GVF participation, which may be as long as a semester, or several weeks, or as short as a single week. To request a GVF, or to nominate someone to become a GVF, visit the GVF Website.

FDU Study Abroad is another form of active learning for global education. Students become immersed in a foreign country, and record their experiences, either in a traditional travel journal, or a travel blog, or by creating other blogs or email journals. For more information, visit the FDU Study Abroad Website.

FDU’s UN Pathways Program takes advantage of FDU’s close relationship with the United Nations. This rich resource offers a lecture series featuring UN delegates, videoconferencing on important global issues, using FDU’s Interactive Television (ITV) classroom, and other global education activities. The videoconferences are recorded, and then streamed through FDU’s Global Issues Gateway (GIG) Web site. The recordings may be linked to from within Webcampus (FDU’s Blackboard installation). See the UN Pathways Website for more information.

The Global Issues Gateway (GIG) Website is another important resource for global education. As noted above, this is where UN Pathways videoconferences are streamed, and where students can find the Global Virtual Classroom. The GVC offers students a chance to communicate and collaborate with their peers in another country through an online discussion board. GIG is also home to Exploring Globalization, an online scholarly journal. A recent article co-authored by University President J. Michael Adams and Director of Communications Angelo Carfagna, based on their course “Globalization and World Citizenship” (which in turn was based on their recent book Coming of Age in a Globalized World: The Next Generation) discusses the semester-long project they assigned. The assignment was for students to create their own blogs on global issues. The article is available online: Using Weblogs to Prepare Active World Citizens.

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