The Academy is Flat: Using Technology to Create Authentic Multicultural Education

2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT August 7, 2013

As higher education focuses on delivering experiences that prepare students to live and work in a global society, how might we use technology to enhance student learning through authentic multicultural connections? Colleagues from Alfred University examine the possibilities and encourage institutions to use available tools to help prepare students for global citizenship. (Times EDT)

In “The Academy Is Flat: Using Technology to Create Authentic Multicultural Education,” Gary O. Roberts and Ann Monroe-Baillargeon translate the opportunities Thomas Freidman envisioned in “The World is Flat” to how colleges and universities might use technology to authentically connect students with a wider global community. What are the opportunities and implications for educational institutions as they expand their reach across borders around the world? Whether you are strategically deploying distance education or designing multicultural experiences into a course, this seminar will examine the possibilities, introduce creative approaches, help you recognize and address limitations, and provide insight into a future that is quickly emerging.

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Seminar Leaders

Ann Monroe-Baillargeon, Ph.D., is an associate professor of education for Alfred University. She received her undergraduate degree in special education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, her graduate degree in educational administration from the University of Southern Maine, and her doctoral degree in teaching and curriculum from Syracuse University. Monroe-Baillargeon has taught in education departments at Syracuse University, Nazareth College of Rochester, the University of Rochester-Warner Graduate School of Education, and internationally in West Africa, South Africa, Cairo, Kuwait, Bangladesh, and Bangkok. She currently serves as liaison to the New York Higher Education Support Center for Systems Change Midwest region, a collaborative consortium of faculty in inclusive education from colleges and universities throughout the Midwest region of New York State. She teaches courses in inclusive education, literacy practices, research methodologies, and advanced trends in education.

Gary Roberts, M.L.S., is director of information technology systems for Alfred University. He received his undergraduate degree in English and political science from the State University of New York College at Geneseo and his graduate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Prior to being named director, Roberts worked as a systems librarian at Herrick Library and was awarded the 21st Century New Librarian Award by the School of Information Studies at Syracuse in 2004. He and his team of technologists specialize in finding innovative and cost-effective technology solutions.

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This Shared Academics seminar is designed for faculty, directors, and administrators interested in examining how technology might be used to enhance student learning through authentic multicultural connections.

Please register online by Monday, August 5. Participation in NITLE Shared Academics events is open to all active member institutions of the NITLE Network as a benefit of membership and as space allows. No additional registration fee applies.


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NITLE Shared AcademicsTM models a new approach to liberal education – made possible through strategic collaboration, driven by shared knowledge, and supported by emerging technologies. Campuses learn how inter-institutional academic exchange works by actively participating in it, building the knowledge and experience to re-architect liberal education.