Global Symposium Spotlights Exchange Between Concord University And Australia’s Victoria University

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 02 2014

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312, news@concord.edu

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GLOBAL SYMPOSIUM SPOTLIGHTS EXCHANGE

BETWEEN CONCORD UNIVERSITY AND AUSTRALIA’S VICTORIA UNIVERSITY

 

ATHENS, W.Va. – Teacher education students in Concord University’s EPAT (Educational Psychology, Assessment and Technology) have collaborated this semester with their counterparts at Victoria University in Australia, exchanging information on school systems, types of diversity, teaching methodologies, large-scale assessments and issues in education, among other topics.

The students will share their findings at the Global Collaboration and Diversity Symposium on Wednesday, Oct. 15 in the Ballroom of the Jerry & Jean Beasley Student Center on the Athens campus. Poster presentations will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., followed by the interactive activities and art festivities with the event concluding at 12:30 p.m.

During the symposium, students will demonstrate diverse technologies (Skype, Google Docs, Voice Thread, Wikis, etc.) while underlining cultural awareness and acceptance.

EPAT is taught by Dr. Anita Reynolds, Associate Professor of Education, and Dr. Terry Mullins, Professor of Education. These Concord professors, along with Dr. Greg Neal from Victoria University, have presented highlights of their global collaboration at national and international conferences.

To enrich the symposium, students from Straley Elementary School will be visiting Concord University on the same day for a Global Diversity event.  EPAT students will share technology and school differences with the 5th graders, while conducting small group interactive lessons on history, math, science and diversity. The lessons will center on the Australian theme.

Dr. Lauri Reidmiller, Associate Professor of Art, and her education students will take the Straley students on a safari. They will also participate in an interactive art lesson related to Australian culture.

According to the EPAT professors, the event highlights the emphasis placed in the Teacher Education Program on collaboration, global awareness and networking, and utilizing 21st Century technology. The symposium is the capstone event for the students’ Australian collaboration, and also provides an opportunity to outreach to the public school students in Concord’s Professional Development Schools.

Dr. Reynolds and Dr. Mullins said that the overarching concept of the activities with the elementary students is that “no matter how different we may be, we are more alike than we are different.” Opportunities to model and promote acceptance among the young students will hopefully foster an appreciation of diversity throughout their lives, they said.

The symposium has been presented during the fall and spring semesters at Concord University for the past several years.

Dr. Reynolds and Dr. Mullins noted that attendees enjoy the poster presentations and discussing the collaboration with Concord’s teacher education students. They said it is often “eye-opening” for both students and educators to contemplate the differences in the public education system of another country. Also, students share the diverse technologies utilized in the collaboration from a practical, hands-on perspective.

The activities designed by the EPAT students for the elementary school students are exciting to watch, the professors said, noting “it is refreshing to see young children excited about learning.”

The Concord University community and the general public are invited to attend the symposium. There is no admission charge. For additional information contact Dr. Anita Reynolds at reynoldsa@concord.edu or 304-384-5292 or Dr. Terry Mullins at tmullins@concord.edu or 304-384-5381.

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