Voices From the Periphery: The Case of Victoria University and The University of Texas at El Paso Global Learning Community
Irma Victoria Montelongo, Lecturer, Chicano Studies, The University of Texas at El Paso
Effy George, Lecturer, Victoria University (Australia)
Summary: Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia, and The University of Texas at El Paso linked two first year Liberal Arts core curriculum classes creating a transnational co-course entitled Imagining Nations, Imagining Regions: The Making of Cultural Diversity in Australia and on the U.S.-Mexico Border. Topics of study included colonialism, nationalism, culture, migration, gender and sexuality in Australia and on the U.S.-Mexico border. The collaboration provided a rich environment for inter-institutional teaching and learning as the two institutions became curricular design partners, sharing problems and resolutions, in an ever deepening knowledge transfer relationship.