March 2, 2000
Whitworth and Dutch Students Link In A Cyber Classroom
Whitworth College students in Spokane, Wash., are currently studying with Dutch students in the Netherlands without leaving the classroom, thanks to the marvels of the Internet.
The Whitworth Institute and Graduate School of International Management are conducting a first-time educational experiment within the framework of the U.S. Department of Education's Title VIB Grant "Pathways to the New Europe: Connecting Business and Education." This unique undertaking involves connecting a comparative organizational behavior class at Whitworth with a manufacturing management class at Maastricht University in the Netherlands via the Internet and teleconferencing.
Under the supervision of these institutions' professors, students are involved in cross-cultural exercises that analyze two multinational corporations, Airbus and Boeing. Students are also engaging in group projects. These projects will enhance their understanding of the business behavior and practices of two continents using the Internet classroom program "Speak Easy," designed and provided by Washington State University (WSU).
The Whitworth Institute and Graduate School of International Management, the recipients of the grant, and grant partner WSU, are establishing more of these valuable educational connections in France, Great Britain and in other European locations. Last January faculty members from these schools, led by Jo Ann Nielsen, director of the Title VIB Grant, visited five potential partner universities in Europe to establish similar programs. As part of the grant activity, there are plans to use the WSU Washington Higher Education Telecommunication System in Spokane to provide satellite videoconferencing for Whitworth Graduate School students and their European counterparts.
Whitworth College is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Karla Sammons, visiting instructor and coordinator of language services, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4279.
Jo Ann Nielsen, director of the Whitworth Institute for International Management, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3242.
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