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ERIC Number: EJ890092
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Creating a Successful International Distance-Learning Classroom
Little, Craig B.; Titarenko, Larissa; Bergelson, Mira
Teaching Sociology, v33 n4 p355-370 Oct 2005
As the global economy becomes more integrated, incorporating international experiences into college curricula becomes increasingly desirable for American students and their counterparts abroad. This paper describes one model for creating an international, Web-based, distance-learning classroom that can be used as a guide for those who might wish to pursue similar endeavors. Our replicated experiences teaching a sociology course on social control, twice under slightly different conditions, provide the basis for identifying the conditions and practices that optimize the goals of providing a forum for international education and enhancing reading and writing skills. A content analysis of the online Student-Led Discussions provides evidence that cross-national knowledge and understanding can be enhanced in this learning environment. Enrolling students from the United States, Belarus, Russia, and Australia, our course demonstrates how instructors can create a successful virtual classroom that truly encircles the globe.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Belarus; New York; Russia