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Linking students from the University of Ghana and Kwantlen University College: challenges confronted and lessons (UN)Learned

Quist-Adade, Charles

Abstract:
This paper presents a preliminary overview and findings of a pilot webconferencing course on globalization involving largely students and instructors in Canada and Ghana.  The overview focuses on the planning and implementation stages of the course.  It highlights the challenges confronted, lessons learned and lessons unlearned throughout the more than two years planning and implementation of the project, whose principal objective was to create geographically distributed collaborative learning and teaching between students and faculty in developed and developing countries.  The undergraduate and graduate course on Globalization was conceived on the basis of two ideas—“Classroom without Walls” and “Global Village.” It was designed, using a unique interactive multimedia approach to link students and faculty in two international locations—Ghana and Canada. The course aimed to break the boundaries of time, space and distance thereby facilitating the sharing of knowledge between the students at the three sites. What is more, it sought to create a “networked collaborative learning environment” for students and instructors at the University of Ghana and Kwantlen University College in British Columbia, Canada.  In total, 31 undergraduate students from Kwantlen University College (KUC) and six graduate students from the University of Ghana, Legon (UGL) took the course. The preliminary study showed that while the preparatory stage was quite daunting and the project leader had some harrowing experiences in finding collaborators, accessing funding, the overall benefits of the project to both students and instructors were quite substantial, making the efforts and sacrifices worthwhile.

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Title of Paper: Linking students from the University of Ghana and Kwantlen University College: challenges confronted and lessons (UN)Learned
Conference Name: eLearning Africa, 3rd International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training
Conference Date: 2008-05-28
Conference Location: Accra, Ghana
Published as Proceedings: no


Date:2008
Document Type:Conference Paper (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Teaching and Learning
Country:International
Keywords:University of Ghana, International Students, Globalisation, Knowledge Distribution, E Learning, Collaborative Projects, Cross-cultural collaboration, Online Learning, Information & Communication Technology ICT, Pedagogy


File Size:121 KB
Rights:Permission to use this paper was granted by the author
Date Added:01 July 2008


Quist-Adade, Charles (2008). Linking students from the University of Ghana and Kwantlen University College: challenges confronted and lessons (UN)Learned Presented at the 3rd International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training, Accra, Ghana, 28 May.