Cultivating a global collaborative classroom experience: An international exploration of homelessness

Catherine Tompkins, Emily Ihara, Richena Purnell-Sayle, Rick Reo, Stephanie Hazel

Session Information

Year: 2016 | Time: 4:15pm-5:45pm (Poster Session) | Location: (Fenwick 2nd Floor) Poster Session


The main collaborative student project compares and contrasts different aspects of homelessness both in Fairfax and in New Delhi, using Photovoice as the research methodology.  Forty-four Mason students enrolled in SOCW 472 RS, Integrative Methods in Social Action and Social Change, and forty Jamia students enrolled in MSW-SII-09 Social Work Research, collaborate together in a primarily asynchronous environment with the opportunity of participating in three synchronous sessions.  The Mason/Jamia team created small online groups of two Mason students and two Jamia students in order to facilitate these personal interactions and provided the PB Works and Blackboard platforms as communication tools. As part of the process, students were able to incorporate their favorite communication technologies including Facebook and WhatsApp. In addition to reaching the student outcomes and course objectives, the course design of this GCC involved intensive work and partnership between the Office of Global Strategy, IT Learning Support Services, Instructional Assessment and the classroom faculty. Lessons learned and best practices will be presented.


teaching online; team-based learning; student engagement; hybrid courses; global learning; interdisciplinary learning; digital pedagogy

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