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| East Carolina University

Anthropologist Blakely Brooks has taught in the program with
"One day we were commiserating about how we could provide
partners in more than 10 countries. His students are generally nerexperiences to more students that would really give them an
vous at the beginning but often become close with their partners:
opportunity to interact with students from other cultures. We
"I have had several students come up to me on campus and say, 'Dr.
decided that we would try using some form of electronic commuBrooks I am still talking with my global
nication," Poe says.
understanding partner in Nigeria!'"
They used their assessments of the
Leibowitz says that students often
pilot program as the basis of what would
switch to a more internationally
later become the Global Understanding
focused major and have incorporated
courses. "We took the lessons that we
international perspectives into their
learned and began to work with our
theses after taking GU courses. ECU
anthropology and political science departalso sees the Global Understanding
ments to create a course that would introprogram as a stepping stone for future
duce students to cultures," Poe adds.
The program has grown significantly Jami Leibowitz (center) with Thomas Buntru (left) and study abroad.
Maria Oliva Villareal (right), both from Universidad
since its inception. Today ECU boasts
de Monterrey, at the ninth annual Global Partners in
more than 60 partners in approximately Education conference in Yekaterinburg, Russia
Enhancing Upper30 countries. Each year the program
Division Classes
connects approximately 1,400 ECU students with 2,700 partner
ECU uses the same technology to provide enhancements to
students-a total of 21,000 students since the program started. 
upper-division courses. Brooks, for instance, has used the techThe program was built on simple video technology that
nology in his anthropology courses. In a course on peoples of
engages partners from all over the world. "We use technology
Central and South America, ECU students discussed topics such
that allows the partner with the lowest [level of ] connectivity to
as favelas, racism in Latin America, and the 2016 Olympic games
interact with the partner with the highest [level of ] connectivity,"
with Brazilian and Peruvian peers. "Utilizing (technology) gave
Poe explains.
students the opportunities to discuss complex cultural topics,"
Blakely says.
Professor Patricia Clark runs a class for youth theater majors
Broad Topics Lead to Cultural Conversations
in
which
she links to partners in Egypt and Japan. They collect
GU courses are multidisciplinary with a broad focus so that
cultural stories from their partners and turn them into dramatic
classes of different subjects can connect. Each GU class works
scripts. "We perform at various schools and community centers to
with three international partners for approximately four weeks
each. The partners switch off to work with all of the other partners try to promote an interest in different cultures," she says.
Clark has worked closely with counterparts at Shimane
over the duration of the course. Students discuss topics such as
University in Japan, which created an opportunity to take three
college life, family, cultural traditions, and religion. The class then
students with her to Japan to meet their partners. "They produced
concludes with an online collaborative project.
a show that was a collection of worldwide tales," Clark explains.
Sixty percent of class time is spent online with partners, and
the remaining time is for the professor to facilitate discussion
based on fields of study. For example, a business class learning
Providing High-Level Logistical support
about multigenerational households in another country may disOne of the pillars of the GU program is providing a high level of
cuss marketing strategies for that culture.
technical and logistical support to both ECU faculty and partners.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - May/June 2017

From the Editor
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Middle East
Quick Questions
High Tech, High Engagement
Principled, Pragmatic, Impactful
What Happens to Study Abroad Students
Campus Profi le: Internationalization at the University of Tampa
Campus Spotlight: Internationalization at East Carolina University
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
International Student Affair
Partnering
A View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Cover2
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 1
International Educator - May/June 2017 - From the Editor
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Frontlines
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - 6
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 7
International Educator - May/June 2017 - In Brief
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Global Spotlight: Middle East
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Quick Questions
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - High Tech, High Engagement
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - International Student Affair
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Partnering
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - A View From Out Here
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Forum
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