COIL Center Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant
Prof. Robert Stein, Jon Rubin, COIL Director, Keith Landa, Director of Instructional Technology, and Asst. Prof. Karima Robinson meeting at Purchase College
Knowledge comes from many sources and through a wide range of human experience. In a world as interconnected as ours, students need not only to have access to knowledge, but they must better understand the many contexts and cultural points of view which give meaning to what is known.
In response to this need, the SUNY COIL Center and the Humanities Division of Purchase College proposed and recently received an NEH grant to Internationalize Humanities Education through Globally Networked Learning. During the 2008-09 academic year, humanities faculty in three disciplines will collaboratively develop cross-cultural courses with faculty partners abroad that emphasize online experiential learning. In the Fall of 2009 these courses will be implemented, connecting students at Purchase with their peers in three other countries.
The three participating faculty members will be trained in the use of learning management software and social software tools to generate collaborative assignments that “challenge students to negotiate and build shared learning cultures across diverse boundaries” (Stark-Meyerring, 2007.) This project addresses the need for institutions of higher education to find new ways “to equip students with skills and knowledge that will allow them to function effectively across cultures and nations” (ACE, 2000.)
The project’s goal is to demonstrate that any humanities faculty member with energy and vision can teach a course in a globally networked learning environment if given the appropriate technological, pedagogical and intercultural support. We will produce a process journal, using a blog that tracks the project’s development, the challenges and roadblocks we face, the questions we ask and are asked, and the strategies we use to move forward. This blog and other evaluative outputs will then be developed into a lessons-learned white paper for use by humanities faculty nationally and internationally.