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Classrooms Beyond Borders

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Peyi Soyinka-Airewele

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Dr. Peyi Soyinka-Airewele Classrooms Beyond Borders International Classrooms Ithaca College, New York University of South Africa (UNISA) Covenant University, Nigeria Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria An-Najah University, West Bank Introducing, the Faculty The African Professors United States
Professors Professor Zodwa Motsa Dr. Sheriff Folarin Dr. Peyi Soyinka-Airewele Dr. Beth Harris (cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr Specialities:
power Associate Professor in the Politics Department at Ithaca College Associate Professor of African and International Politics at IC Specialties:
International & African Politics
The Politics of Memory
Democratic Development
Popular African Cinema Specialties
Foreign Policy
International Politics
International Institutions
African Politics
Diplomatic History He is a senior lectureer at Covenant University in Nigeria as well as the Deputy Director of the African Leadership Development Center Specialties
Teaching ESL
Public Speaking
Creative Writing She is currently a professor and the Chair of the Department of English Studies at the University of South Africa. Middle Eastern Professors Dr. Nabil Alawi Specialties
American Literature He is n assistant professor of American literature at An-Njah National University in Palestine. Our Guiding Pedagogy "beyond borders" vs
"without walls" 1. We prefer to avoid use of the popular concept “without walls” because such phraseology tends to ignore the continued reality of walls. It also wrongly infers that borders are inherently malicious frames that must be destroyed in pursuit of a borderless existence. 5. Scholars can better identify & think imaginatively about the barriers that are in evidence and that have most relevance to research and pedagogy within their field. Thus, this initiative is more than a mere technological innovation or teaching tool. It is firmly located within the wave of emerging cutting edge expanded learning spaces that will generate new thinking in a very wide range of disciplines. 3. By encountering and working beyond borders, we can better explore spaces of inclusion and exclusion in all fields of human endeavor, and understand the challenge and possibilities of border crossings. 2. In contrast, CBB institute faculty believe and argue that borders are important individual, social, political, cultural, racial, economic, local and global markers that must be made visible, studied and navigated by students within and beyond various fields and locations. 4. We believe that this initiative can inspire reflective and transformative learning and action. 6. This is why we have been challenged and inspired to embrace innovations in collaborations between our disciplinary fields, societies, societal sectors and regions. Our Progress So Far Where We Want to Go 2004 2008 - 2009 2006 "International Collaborative Classrooms" was designed so that IC students could connect with IR and Computer Science students at OAU in Nigeria. The students grappled with issues from represententation in African cinema to the meanings and practice of human rights. Dr. Akonani (International Relations) and Dr. Abimbola Soriyan (Computer Science Department) from OAU co-taught the class with me. The shared classrooms were hosted on IC’s Webct/Blackboard systems, and involved the use of webcams for video conferencing, discussion boards, a blog, joint assignments, readings, participant photo galleries and other tools to facilitate co-teaching and learning. Four IC students traveled with me to Abuja, Nigeria, to help host the film festival program at the 2006 international conference on HIV/AIDS in Africa (ICASA), which was attended by almost 15,000 individuals from around the world. Dr. Beth Harris also began working closely with the Research Journalism Initiative (RJI) to conduct video conferences between her students & students at An Najah University in the West Bank. The following year Dr. Harris co-taught her Political Justice class with a Palestinian professor in the English Department at An Najah, who was teaching an English Autobiography course. 2010 CBB projects on the African continent expanded from the initial classroom collaboration with the Obafemi Awolowo University to co-taught courses in African politics, Global studies and African cinema, with Dr. Folarin (CU), Nigeria and Professor Zodwa Motsa (UNISA), Chair of the English Studies Department , South Africa. 2011

WIth some students playing the roles:
the Nigerian government
the military
oil companies
International Monetary Fund
local communities affected by oil exploration
environmental lobbies
coalition of Nigerian women
activists and human rights organizations. International Communications and Negotiations Simulations The ICONS conference between CU and IC involved 90 students from both institutions working together on a rigorous web based simulation of negotiations over oil and globalization in the Nigerian Niger Delta region. IC students worked with CU students in four research teams to study critical contemporary developments on the African continent in the fall semester. Future Initiatives: CBB Core Course
Institutionalized Program
Joint Certificates/Diplomas
CBB Scholars Network
Annual CBB Conference Borders and Beyond: Innovations in Collaborative Transnational Pedagogy and Scholarship 2012 - Beyond
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