The Global Classroom: An Opportunity for Empowerment or Exploitation?

By William Pelech and Sharon Pelech.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper is intended to initiate an international dialogue, speaking to the challenges and opportunities posed by globalized education. This paper examines the current debate regarding the benefits and limitations of globalized education and explores various developmental and delivery strategies that serve to build capacity and empower communities of learners. Included in this paper is a summary of related literature pertaining to international e-learning. It is also hoped that this dialogue will continue beyond the confines of the Learning Conference and will promote further collaborations and partnerships in the development of ethical post-secondary distance education programming.

Keywords: Higher Education, Distance and Elearning Education, Technology, Empowerment

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 8, pp.301-312. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.232MB).

Dr. William Pelech

Associate Professor, Social Work, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

William Pelech, BSW (Victoria), MSW (UBC), PhD (Wilfrid Laurier) was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary in 1999. He has had extensive teaching experience in rural, remote, and Aboriginal communities in Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Recently, he has developed and now coordinates the Virtual Learning Circle. The BSW Virtual Learning Circle is a new initiative by the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary intended to enhance the accessibility of our undergraduate social work education program to rural, remote and aboriginal students. The Virtual Learning Circle (VLC) offers the core BSW Learning Circles curriculum through a blended learning approach that integrates the best of distance education technology (including Blackboard and Elluminate) with face-to-face learning opportunities. The VLC is intended for students who are unable to complete course offerings at one of the Faculty campus-based locations.

Dr. Sharon Pelech

Instructor, Division of Teacher Preparation, Faculty of Education, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Sharon Macpherson has been a teacher and guidance counsellor in junior and senior high schools within a wide variety of communities. Her teaching career began in a First Nations community in the Northwest Territories, continued in a small oil-town in Northern Alberta and most recently in Calgary Alberta. Recently Sharon was seconded by the University of Calgary to teach in the Division of Teacher Preparation, working with student teachers in their practicum placements and teaching secondary science curriculum. Now she has taken a leave from her career as a high school teacher to begin pursuing her PhD in Interpretive Studies in the Graduate Division of Educational Research at the University of Calgary. Her focus is around teaching secondary Biology in high schools.


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