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How Technologies Can Localize Learners in Multicultural Space: A Newly Developed “Global Studies†Curriculum

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  • Gilbert Ahamer

    (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria)

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Technological innovations can be used in many ways to enhance the suitability of global learning. A newly developed online-supported curriculum “Global Studies†takes account of the necessities of interdisciplinary, intercultural and interparadigmatic learning. The history and genesis of such an innovative curriculum is embedded in a national umbrella organisation focusing on development studies. As the interdisciplinary core, a new lecture on the fundamentals of Global Studies has been implemented in 2010/11 that envisions team teaching and interdisciplinary perspectives. The web platform allows students to present their professional views and discuss them in a peer review. Dialogue and discourse are enhanced by repeated change of roles which is enriched by the broad international and intercultural backgrounds of the participating students. Cultures of understanding are generated and widened as a prerequisite for future careers in development cooperation, diplomacy and transnational organisations.

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  • Gilbert Ahamer, 2011. "How Technologies Can Localize Learners in Multicultural Space: A Newly Developed “Global Studies†Curriculum," International Journal of Technology and Educational Marketing (IJTEM), IGI Global, vol. 1(2), pages 1-24, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jtem00:v:1:y:2011:i:2:p:1-24
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