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understand information from the U.S. team in several
areas." Video chats were difficult "because Thailand still
does not have high-speed Internet available in public locations. But when we simply chatted ... through Line, we
had no problem." He added, "I was excited and surprised
by how friendly my American friends were and their effort
to learn (the) culture difference... I believe that we learned
something beyond class contents (about) American culture, language barriers, and team work."
Both professors plan to partner again, and a Sacred
Heart management professor from China is working on
a class collaboration with a university in Macao. Chalykoff
hopes eventually every Sacred Heart business major will
have the opportunity to learn this way.

Global Understanding
at East Carolina University
East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, North
Carolina, boasts an even older initiative that bridges classrooms in dozens of countries to teach primarily freshmen
about world cultures. Rosina Chia, a cross-cultural psychologist, Elmer Poe, an expert on technology-based
learning, and Biwu Yang, a data network expert, built the
Global Understanding classes around real-time video conferencing and Internet Relay Chat. Each course links ECU
students and faculty with three international partners, one
at a time. The semester is divided in thirds, with students
in each country switching partners every five weeks.
ECU offers upwards of 20 Global Understanding
classes in disciplines including anthropology, English,
hospitality management, and foreign languages. Each
class includes whole group discussions and one-on-one
chats via the Internet. The students keep journals and the
Americans read the front page of English-language newspapers in their partners' country daily.
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It isn't for everybody. "This is a different kind of class.
Students must be active," said Poe, assistant vice-chancellor for emerging academic initiatives. But for both ECU
and the partners, it opens windows on three different
parts of the world.
Mariko Eguchi, an English professor at University of
Shimane in Japan, has integrated Global Understanding
into eight classes over the past four years, with her students'
interacting with peers in China, Mexico, Peru, and Russia as
well as the United States. "Everyone loves this. Even though
their English is minimal, they enjoy meeting their peers so
much," she said. "When we started in 2009, we were able to
use only one classroom and needed a special Internet connection. Now we can video conference in any classroom."
Fukuda Tomoyuki, 21, a University of Shimane junior,
said some classmates struggled to understand the U.S. students' rapid-fire English in live conversations and some
had to keep reaching for the dictionary while "chatting" via
text messages. Nonetheless, he said the class was the best
way to learn about other cultures. "If more people had an
opportunity like this class, international stereotypes and
conflict will be resolved," he said.

SUNY's COIL Serves as a Guidepost
Many universities look to the State University of New
York's Center for Collaborative Online Learning (COIL)
for inspiration and models of how to harness technology
to make practical, international connections. Through
COIL's annual research conference, case studies, workshops, and grant-funded outreach, its impact extends
beyond SUNY's 64 campuses.
COIL grew out of an effort that SUNY's Office of International Programs and Office of Learning Environments
launched in 2004 to develop more online courses with an
international dimension. Two years later, the international

KITTIPONG LAOSETHAKUL

Sacred Heart
University business
professor Kittipong
Laosethakul's
data management
class partners with
Bangkok University's
professor Raweewan
Kaewwit class.



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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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