Collaborative Online International Learning in GIS: A New York Community College Partners with a University in Turkey

Authors: Jonathon Little*, Monroe Community College
Topics: Geography Education, Higher Education, Middle East
Keywords: global education, GIS, international, community college
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 2:40 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Napoleon A1, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Few community college students are aware of geospatial technology or have experience in global education. With support from the State University of New York’s Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Turkish Initiative and the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education program, Monroe Community College (Rochester, NY) and Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey) students learned the power of GIS to visually display the complex dynamics between world politics and the environment. Following an initial faculty workshop in Turkey, a five week module were developed and implemented in both programs. The modules included a variety of pedagogical approaches including video conference icebreaker, web sharing platforms, videos, story maps, and final video conference presentations. As a result of this international partnership, several MCC students in the GIST Certificate programs continued their studies with deeper engagement and now have the opportunity for a domestic or international virtual GIS internship.

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