World leader in online learning talks at GCU

18 November 2013

Professor Jon Rubin with Sabine McKinnon

Professor Jon Rubin with Sabine McKinnon

Professor Jon Rubin, a world leader in the creation of multicultural online learning environments, has spoken at an event hosted by GCU Lead.

Professor Rubin, Founder and Director of the State University of New York’s Centre for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), discussed his ambition to offer all students a chance to widen their international horizons by communicating on line with peers around the world. Since 2011, COIL has established 50 partnerships with universities to support academics in embedding collaborative on line learning in their teaching.

Senior Lecturer in GCU LEAD Sabine McKinnon, organised the event. She said: “As Project Manager of GCU’s Global Perspectives Project on internationalising the curriculum, I wanted to give colleagues the opportunity to be inspired by a learning and teaching approach that helps all our students develop the knowledge and the skills to become global citizens, even if they do not get the chance to travel abroad. Professor Rubin’s experiences are particularly relevant to academics from all our schools who are currently embedding the new Strategy for Learning  – with its focus on global learning – into their programmes.

Dr Liz Frondigoun, Lecturer in Sociology/ Criminology, and  Michael Bromby, Reader in Law, also spoke on how they pioneered collaborative on-line learning in their own modules.