Concord University Hosting Global Collaboration And Diversity Symposium

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 12 2016

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement 

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         



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, April 20, 2016 in the Ballroom of the Jerry L. and Jean Beasley Student Center on the Athens campus. Poster presentations will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. The interactive activities and art festivities will follow, with the event concluding at 11:30 a.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. The Concord professors presented “A Model for Global Collaboration” highlighting the Australian Collaboration at the International Society for Technology in Education’s 2014 International Conference. ISTE, the world’s most comprehensive education technology conference, was attended by 16,039 individuals representing 67 nations. Dr. Reynolds and Dr. Mullins co-presented with Dr. Greg Neal from Victoria University at the International E-Learn Conference in Kona, Hawaii, October 2015.

To enrich the global symposium, students from Bluefield Intermediate School will be visiting Concord University on the same day for a Global Diversity event. Concord’s EPAT students will share technology and school differences with the students from Bluefield Intermediate School, while conducting small group interactive lessons on history, geography, 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 Bluefield Intermediate students on a safari, after which they will 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.

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

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 or 304-384-5292.




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if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.