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The workshop will be structured in an interactive fashion that, not only the presenters will share their best practices to the workshop participants, but also the participants will be engaged in brainstorming new value propositions. The workshop will focus on three critical aspects of technology-enabled international learning: learning technology, course organization, and student diversity. For each topic, the strategy of “illustrative introduction + collaborative brainstorming + reflective presentation” will be followed to promote participant interactions. Firstly, the presenters will share some best practices and then raise some opportunities/challenges for the participants to discuss (e.g., how to deal with time difference and calendar gap). Next, the participants will be engaged in brainstorming possible solutions for each opportunity/challenge based on small cohorts, and each cohort will focus on a particular opportunity/challenge. Finally, each cohort will designate one or two representatives to make a short presentation about the brainstorming results.
The first topic is about the application of emerging learning technologies. Different from the traditional distance education model that is characterized by the “many-to-one” connections (i.e., many leaners are connected to one central classroom), the technology-enabled international learning is featured with peer-to-peer connections using technologies such as video-conferencing, social media, mobile messenger, team collaboration tool. The participants will discuss how and in what ways the emerging technologies can be employed to enable, enhance international learning. The possible technologies include virtual reality, augmented reality, learning gamification, Blockchain, adaptive learning, learning data analytics, etc.
The second topic is about the logistical challenges of synchronized teaching and learning. For example, time difference is a major hindrance of synchronous lecturing. Innovative solutions are needed to coordinate the concurrent course organizations at different organizations. The specific challenges include time difference, calendar gap, infrastructure compatibility, curriculum matching, grading policy, overseas programme, etc.
The last topic is about student diversity. The international joint course is characterized by higher student diversity regarding their cultural, institutional, and disciplinary backgrounds. Diversity is a natural catalyst for innovation. When students with diversified backgrounds are learning from and with each other, not only they will co-construct new contextual understandings of subject materials, but also they will develop deeper acquaintance of each other. According to the presenter’s previous study, the teamwork experience within global virtual groups notably reshaped student understandings of technology, culture, and teamwork. Inspired by student reflections, the participants will discuss how and in what ways learner diversity can be leveraged as learning resource to inspire new understandings. The possible learning opportunities that can be triggered by student diversity include cross-cultural learning, virtual teamwork, global preparedness, global network, etc.
In terms of outcomes, it is expected that the workshop participants will develop good understandings of both opportunities and challenges for technology-enabled international learning. Therefore, the participants will become more motivated and prepared to develop joint courses with colleagues at other institutions. Some participants will be connected to each other to co-develop new joint courses in the future.
Amy Trowbridge is a Senior Lecturer in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU), focused primarily on freshmen engineering. She is also Director of the Grand Challenge Scholars Program at ASU.
Dr. Ang Liu is a senior lecturer at the School of Mechanical and Mnufacturing Engineering. University of New South Wales. He is the Director of Grand Challenge Scholars Program at UNSW. He is a member of CIRP and a Follow of the PLuS Alliance.
Dr. Dai is an assitant professor at Southern University of Science and Technology.