A Virtual Educational Exchange: A North–South Virtually Shared Class on Sustainable DevelopmentDepartment of Materials Science and Engineering Publications
AbstractIncreasingly international competence is considered and important skill to be acquired from an undergraduate education. Because international exchange presents a challenge to many students, there is a need to develop and implement alternative means for incorporating international and cross-cultural experiences into the undergraduate classroom. We report on the implementation of a semester-long, virtually-shared course offering between a U.S. and a Bolivian university. Since STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors tend to be under-represented in study abroad programs, this class sought to provide a multidisciplinary experience that could be relevant to both hard and social science majors. Furthermore, the relevance and learning impact of this class was enhanced through the incorporation of a service-learning component in conjunction with a rural Bolivian partner organization. The results of this experience show that virtually-shared class-room experiences can successfully facilitate international experiences for undergraduate students.
Citation InformationAbrahamse, A., Johnson, M., Levinson, N., Medsker, L., Pearce, Joshua M., Quiroga, C., & Scipione, R. (2015). A Virtual Educational Exchange: A North–South Virtually Shared Class on Sustainable Development. Journal of Studies in International Education, 19(2), 140-159. http://digitalcommons.mtu.edu/materials_fp/22