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Welcome to the Glocal Classroom [1]

We are four universities on four continents who have decided to build a global platform for collaboration and interchange in web-based learning, Starting in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in March, continuing in Guelph, Canada, in May, Malmö, Sweden, in September and ending at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, in November 2014, we shall be carrying out a world series of seminars hosted by the participating universities.

The aim of the project is to bridge the existing gap between web-based learning (often understood as distance learning) and conventional forms of education on campus, by exploring innovative ways to combine the two. The focus shall be on the user level, not the technical system level. We wish to create a common ground for discussion on the pedagogical application of ICTs in teaching and learning in general. Just as the former division between “old” and “new” media has been overruled by convergence media, this project aims at enhancing what might be called convergence pedagogy.

The four seminars, hosted by each university, will serve as the backbone of the project, providing real life cases for the pedagogical discussion and experimentation. The academic content of the seminars is to be decided by each university, but some of the keywords will be ‘Transformation’, ‘Social Justice’, ‘Digital Divide’, and the notion of ‘Well-Being’. Another common denominator is that all seminars will be part of the curriculum of the interdisciplinary master programme in Communication for Development at Malmö University. The project will thereby be provided with a real-life test group of master students all over the world.

The Glocal Classroom is a golden opportunity for staff and students at the four universities who are keen on trying and refining innovative forms of web-based pedagogy. We hope that this website in progress will become a lively joint forum and we are looking forward to an immensely exciting year of exchange and collaboration.

Oscar Hemer, Professor, Malmö University
Project leader

[1] Yes, you read correctly, the glocal classroom. We have decided to rename the project, partly to distinguish it from the many Global Classroom projects around the world, but mostly because the glocal is a more adapt term to characterize the process of globalization, which has made the global-local dichotomy irrelevant.

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