June 8, 2012 - Plenary Session
Catharine Bufalino, Senior Manager - Development and Communications, Soliya
Ed Gragert, Executive Director Emeritus of iEARN-USA
Mirjam Hauck, Senior Lecturer and Associate Head of the Department of Languages (Faculty of Education and Language Studies), Open University/UK, and a member of Project INTENT
Francesca Helm, Assistant Professor of English at the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Padova, Italy (Presenting remotely from Italy)
Panel Moderator: Jon Rubin, Director, SUNY COIL Center, SUNY System Administration
Summary: Many universities, NGO's and individual faculty members have developed successful globally networked courses, but it is often a battle for these courses to be taken seriously by those who underwrite student exchange and study abroad at the university and even more so by potential external funders. In response to this situation, initiatives are developing both in the US and in Europe. In the US, NGO's experienced in online student exchange have banded together to form "Exchange 2.0", to promote this format of discourse nationally and internationally. The European Erasmus Multilateral Project INTENT (Integrating Telecollaborative Networks into Foreign Language Higher Education) aims to raise greater awareness among students, educators and decision makers of telecollaboration as a tool for virtual mobility at the Higher Education (university) level and also on achieving more effective integration of telecollaboration in Higher Education Institutions.