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Authors Augusta Abrahamse
Mathew Johnson
Nanette Levinson
Larry Medsker
Joshua M. Pearce
Carla Quiroga
Ruth Scipione
Location USA
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Increasingly international competence is considered and important skill to be acquired from an undergraduate education. Because international exchange presents a challenge to many students, there is a need to develop and implement alternative means for incorporating international and cross-cultural experiences into the undergraduate classroom. We report on the implementation of a semester-long, virtually-shared course offering between a U.S. and a Bolivian university. Since STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors tend to be under-represented in study abroad programs, this class sought to provide a multidisciplinary experience that could be relevant to both hard and social science majors. Furthermore, the relevance and learning impact of this class was enhanced through the incorporation of a service-learning component in conjunction with a rural Bolivian partner organization. The results of this experience show that virtually-shared class-room experiences can successfully facilitate international experiences for undergraduate students.

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Type Project
Keywords education, educational resources, service learning, virtual education, international exchange, global citizenship, stem, stem education, sustainable development
SDG Sustainable Development Goals SDG04 Quality education
Authors Joshua M. Pearce
Published 2014
License CC-BY-SA-4.0
Affiliations MOST
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