For Immediate Release
December 13, 2012
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BROCKPORT, NY—More than 4,000 miles separates classrooms at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, and Novgorod State University in Russia. But a Brockport grant, secured through the State University of New York’s Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) has eliminated that gap.
Videoconferencing technology brought together Brockport’s Sex and Culture class with Novgorod’s Gender Across Cultures class seven times over the course of the fall semester. Barbara LeSavoy, director of the Women and Gender Studies Department at Brockport, and Elena Lukovitskaya, the teacher of the Novgorod class, take turns instructing the classes. But it quickly evolves into a seminar-style discussion that allows the two groups to exchange ideas, discuss cultural similarities and differences, and develop a global viewpoint. Further collaboration between the two groups occurs through participation in class blogs and group work—which is typically completed using videoconferencing available through Skype.
LeSavoy teams with Ann Giralico Pearlman, an instructional design specialist in Brockport’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). Both are Institute Fellows under a two-year SUNY National Endowment for the Humanities funded COIL Institute of Globally Networked Learning in the Humanities. LeSavoy, Pearlman, and Lukovitskaya integrated blended technology to teach this globally networked course, using Google Sites as their course template—where they have set up their class blog. Blog topics connected to course content included: “Sex and Gender Identity,” “Women’s Bodies and Violence,” and “Contraception and Reproductive Freedoms.”
The global partnership is one of 22 joint courses that are being run with the help of COIL.
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