Presented by Dr Ang Liu, Senior Lecturer (School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering)
Against today’s sweeping trend of globalization, college students must be equipped with adequate global preparedness and competence to compete, succeed in the global workforce for the 21st Century. In addition to the traditional approaches such as student exchange and study abroad programs, a variety of advanced information and communication technologies, for example, video-conferencing, web-conferencing, social media, etc. can be employed and integrated to deliver high-quality global learning experiences right on students’ home campus. Such technology-enabled international joint courses can be made possible through the education and research alliances formed by global universities. Two illustrative case studies are presented based on the presenter’s first-hand experiences. The first case study is about a global course, which is jointly offered by six universities from three continents, based on the iPodia Education Alliance. The course focuses on the subject of global innovation. The second case study is about a pilot joint course between UNSW and Arizona State University based on the Plus Alliance. The course focuses on the subject of NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering and is participated by a total of 30 undergraduate freshmen. Through the two case studies, some best practices of how to develop, manage, and evaluate such technology-enabled global courses are presented.
Bio of the Speaker
Dr. Ang Liu is a senior lecturer at the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering of UNSW. He obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California. His primary research interests hinge on innovative design thinking, transformative design education, and technology-enhanced global education.
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