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TRACY DEER-MIREK/SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY

International business is a natural topic for these long
distance collaborations. As FIT's Richard Griffith and
Brigitte Armon, and Lori Foster Thompson of North
Carolina State University, wrote in their Internationalizing
the Curriculum in Organizational Psychology textbook,
"Studying international business (IB) solely in a classroom
is like learning to ride a bicycle on a stationary bike .... You
cannot learn to ride a bicycle until you practice riding on
the road, struggle with turns, bumps, and the wind and
maybe even fall off the bike a few times."

A Global Experience for Business
Students in Connecticut and Thailand
That realization was the impetus for the Welch School
of Business at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, to start experimenting with adding a "Global
Experience" component to courses. Dean John Chalykoff
looked to the professors with international backgrounds to
lead the way. Kittipong Laosethakul found a willing partner
on a summer 2013 trip to Bangkok University in his native
Thailand. On a summer 2013 exploratory trip, he quickly
found a partner for a pilot Global Experience project. Within

Still, the Penn offerings attracted more
than 40,000 people from China and
India alone.
China has a half-billion Internet
users and MOOCs are so popular that
some of the country's biggest entertainment websites such as 163.com,
sina.com, and yyets.com provide links
to MOOCs alongside celebrity news.
Some have organized volunteers to
translate English language lectures.
Jingfeng Xia, an associate professor of library and information science
at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis who studied this
phenomenon, found a Yale course on
Fundamentals of Physics was viewed
1.9 million times on 163.com and a
Harvard Positive Psychology course
attracted nearly 2,200 comments,
many of them expressions of gratitude.

a few weeks students in Laosethakul's management information systems class were collaborating with Thai students
in a data management class taught by Raweewan Kaewwit.
Eight teams-four U.S. students and up to eight Thai each-
were assigned to draw up business entry plans and database
systems for web-based, start-up companies selling products
ranging from used furniture to comic books. "We allowed
them to communicate by e-mail, Facebook, Skype, and Line,
which is very popular in Asia," said Laosethakul. "It turned
out they (mainly) chose to do texting."
The Thai students "had (programming) skills that we
did not possess," said Dustin Trinidad, a Sacred Heart
business administration and marketing major. "This assignment really put the term 'globalization' into perspective."
Kaewwit said her students "learned a lot from this
project" despite logistical and language challenges. The
universities' semesters did not align squarely and "there
were times when my students were busy with other class
assignments and exams and they did not appear to be
responsive to the U.S. teams and vice versa," she said.
Sathita James, 21, a Bangkok University management information systems major, said, "We did not quite

"They are dedicated learners.
They are working very hard on their
MOOCs," said Xia. He quoted one
college senior's post: "Open courses
open a window for us to sit inside top
universities of the world. It's like fresh
air that makes people revived."
The reach of MOOCs is growing.
In Jordan, Queen Rania Al Abdullah's
foundation has launched Edraak.org,
an Arab language portal for MOOCs
built on the edX platform. "Edraak will
open up a world of possibility for intellectually hungry Arab youth," she said
in November.
Although questions remain about
how to sustain MOOCs, online education already was burgeoning on U.S.
campuses thanks to vast improvements
in technology and access to high-speed
connections, said Kenneth Green, director of the Campus Computing Project.

Green, writing in Trusteeship, the
Association of Governing Boards'
magazine, noted that colleges have
long harnessed new technology to
reach wider audiences, from extension courses on radio in the 1920s and
1930s to CBS's "Sunrise Semester"
on television in the 1950s. But Green
cautioned, "MOOCs do not, at present,
offer a quick and easy path to new
revenues."
Still, with people watching lectures
on YouTube and iPhones, MOOCs give
universities new opportunities to meet
their often expressed missions of service to the world.
A decade after opening shop, the
2,200 courses on MIT's OpenCourseWare website draw 1 million visitors
each month. After logging a combined
100 million visits, MIT has set a new
goal: one billion by 2021.


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Front Lines
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New Windows on the World
Green River Community College Attracts International Students at an Early Age
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
Internationalization Leadership
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