Global Education Access Utilizing Partnerships and Networked Global Learning Communities

Global Education Access Utilizing Partnerships and Networked Global Learning Communities

Vanessa Hammler Kenon (University of Texas, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1882-4.ch010
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Abstract

Networked global learning communities build partnership programs between higher education institutions and high schools which allow students, teachers and professors to attend and work in college preparation programs located in countries outside of their native lands. These educational programs help to promote development of transnational policies and procedure reforms to provide access to universities in other countries, as well as provide exposure to global learning strategies, structures, and emerging technologies among teachers and educational leadership. Transnational High School-University Bridge programs also allow the student to adjust to a new culture and work to improve their second language skills, while potentially earning college credit in a dual credit, high school environment.
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Global Access To Higher Education Through Global Communities

GLCs will continue to evolve rapidly with increased development of technology in fully functional mobile devices that both students and faculty may utilize anywhere in the world through the internet. Sharpe (2006) reports that “when the World Wide Web appeared in our lives, it was as if a seed crystal had been dropped into a super-saturated solution” (p. 16).

In just a few years a whole new structure came into place, linking up our desktop computers and the world of information into a new level of order. The computers were all there; what was needed was a simple, uniform way to link them. Suddenly everything was possible, as millions of people began to communicate with information servers everywhere. We are now at a similar threshold: the re-organisation of all our “smart” things as they join the connected world. This type of technology and the components it will provide serve as a qualitative change for modern education that is much more focused on the new capabilities of the web and how it can better serve teaching and learning. The World Wide Web was built for people to access information.

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