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GLOBAL STUDIES

Digital Education for a Global Village
by Douglas Savage, UW System Institute for Global Studies

Savage, the Assistant Director of UW System's Institute for Global Studies,
introduces TTT's special section on technology and global studies. He writes
that "the growing role of technology in global education reflects the
technologically enabled processes that drive globalization itself. As technology
transforms the world into a global community, it is only appropriate that it also
be used to aid students in understanding the reality it helps create." Read
about what's happening at IGS and in global studies programs throughout the
world. (Feb. 2003)

Like Catching Waves Upon the Sand: The Challenges of Designing for the Web
by Pamela O'Donnell, UW-Madison

This article chronicles the development of four tutorials designed to teach
students how to find quality web-based information on international women's
issues. The tutorials--Contemporary Women's Issues in LexisNexis, Evaluating
Web Search Results, Gender Watch, and Using a Metasite--are a project of
the UW System Women's Studies Librarian's Office. O'Donnell's account of the
decision-making process, along with some of the obstacles encountered along
the way, should prove helpful to anyone designing for the World Wide Web.(Feb. 2003)

On the Road: Bringing the Maya World to UW Students
by Brett Greider, UW-Eau Claire

Take a virtual trip to the Maya World with Brett Greider, who taught his Indigenous Religions of the Americas course last summer from Internet cafes in Mexico and Guatemala. He met his students in an asynchronous discussion area with direct-experience dispatches from the field, lecture notes, journal entries, and digital imagery of his expedition. (Feb. 2003)

Learning Objects in a Constructivist Curriculum
by William Washabaugh, UW-Milwaukee

In this article, Washabaugh discusses the differences between teaching students to know course content and teaching them to understand it. With funds from the UW System Institute for Global Studies, he has developed learning objects, or course content modules, that aim to help his anthropology students "discern the components of social life and to recognize the implications of connected conditions and conjoined forces," an important goal for anyone teaching global studies courses.(Feb. 2003)

TTT's Global Studies Sampler

UW System faculty and staff who teach international studies use technology in a myriad of inventive ways. The articles in TTT's special global studies issue represent just a few examples of the high-quality ventures on UW campuses--we simply could not include them all! Learn about a sampling of other inspired projects underway. Perhaps one of them is occurring on your campus. (Feb. 2003)

 

 

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