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How universities are leveraging online video technology for no-boundaries learning


In the wake of the travel ban, here’s how video can help support global learning for students interested in curricula from U.S. institutions.

No-Boundaries Learning with Video

Not only are colleges and universities creatively turning to technology to keep classrooms running in times of trial, technology is democratizing learning around the world—even when policy may seem to hamper this progress. Sonic Foundry is honored to be a part of some inspiring global learning initiatives, for example:

Michigan Virtual University and Nigeria

1.2 million students in Nigeria qualify to begin college each year, but the country’s 104 universities can only accept 300,000 students. Infrastructure challenges in the country, such as unstable electricity, bandwidth problems and poor roads, don’t help. In response to the great demand for distance learning to make in-country education more accessible, Michigan Virtual University is supporting Nigeria’s first e-learning project. Using video technology and a mobile device, e-learning students at the Center for Distance Learning at Obafemi Awolowo University participate in lectures on campus or from anywhere. The university predicts more than 50,000 people annually will receive undergraduate and post-graduate degrees through this program.

Florida State University and Global STEM Education

Florida State University has an emphasis on global responsibility for education. Its desire to foster creativity and provide a free resource of educational material with skills and talents of people around the world led to the creation of Global Educational Outreach for Science, Engineering and Technology (GEOSET), a global network of participating sites that deliver exceptional downloadable STEM teaching materials created by the best science and technology experts and educators.

Goethe University and Indonesia

At Frankfurt, Germany’s Goethe University, graduate student Maya Tutughamiarso teaches an online high school chemistry class. She originally had difficulty connecting with her students, but not in the typical teenager versus adult way—they are on separate continents. She teaches the online class from Frankfurt while the students are in Indonesia.

Students aren’t just learning in classrooms, face-to-face with their instructors anymore. Academic video technology allows them, regardless of time and distance, to receive a high-quality education when and where it’s convenient for them. Having an academic video strategy means students will never miss a beat in the face of unexpected circumstances.

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