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Monday, March 4, 2013

ICGC Brown Bag Talk: "The Sharing Cultres Project"

ICGC Brown Bag Talk titled "The Sharing Cultures Project: an online collaboration for students in developmental reading and writing classes in South Africa, the USA and Russia" presented by John Ruiters, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Stellenbosch University, South Africa will be held Monday, March 11th, 2013 at 12:00pm in 1210 Heller Hall.

Recent scholarly inquiry has focused on the potential of Globally Connected Learning Environments (GNLE's) - partnered learning environments that extend across national, institutional, linguistic and other boundaries for mutual learning from diverse geopolitical contexts ( Alfano, 2009; Blum Malley, Ruiters and Gulyaeva 2011; Starke-Meyerring, 2010 et al.) These GNLE's are grounded in collaborative partnerships, memoranda of agreement and new pedagogical and scholarly relationships, as well as institutional politics!
I present here the Sharing Cultures Project as an international, online reading and writing project. In its first iteration the project connected students in developmental writing classes from Columbia College (Chicago) and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Later, students from Stellenbosch University and the Volvograd Academy for Public Administration (VAPAD) joined the project. I share here some of the lessons learnt, as well as the learning of both staff and students. I conclude by exploring the potential for re-seeing and re-imagining our classrooms and our work in the context of globalization.
Monday, March 11th, 2013
12:00pm Noon in 1210 Heller Hall.

Please see attached flyer.