East Carolina U. Uses Simple Technology to Link Its Students With Peers Overseas

East Carolina University is developing innovative new ways for students in the U.S. to collaborate with their counterparts in foreign countries. What started as a modest pilot in 2003 between East Carolina U. and Soochow in China, has become a successful model for 23 universities world-wide in seventeen countries from five continents. East Carolina University has made it a point to partner with institutions world-wide who are willing and
interested in new learning models in the age of technology. But they didn’t stop there. They also enlisted the support of the U.S. State Department to help the broker relations with schools in countries they knew little about. With a fairly simple platform, these students are participating in classes for freshmen on global learning. What a way to motivate and inspire freshmen students to succeed in college, career and life!

This will, no doubt, become a new standard for learning as collaboration continues to flourish in the age of technology and global exposure becomes one of the most valued skills.

Chronicle of Higher Education

Just 1 percent of East Carolina University undergraduates study overseas.

But thanks to a pair of enterprising faculty members, a growing number of students are having international experiences without ever leaving the Greenville, N.C., campus. The university’s Global Understanding program uses inexpensive and relatively unsophisticated technology — a low-bandwidth video link and e-mail chat — to connect East Carolina students with counterparts at 23 institutions in 17 countries and five continents.

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