"Abroad is at AUN and AUN is abroad." This perhaps can describe the learning experience that is made possible when students interact with their peers in another country via information communication technology.
On October 11, 2019, students enrolled in Ms. Emilienne Akpan's writing class had a lively interactive session with students of Forman Christian College (FCC), Pakistan. The very engaging discourse happened via video conference technology.
Both AUN and FCC are members of the Global Liberal Arts Alliance (GLAA), a consortium of liberal arts institutions supported by the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA). Every year faculty members in alliance schools are given the chance to partner with each other on select topics in their curricula irrespective of the discipline.
During the actual collaborations, students share ideas about themselves, their majors, and countries. They also provide perspectives about tasks given or specific topics taught to help them understand the rigors associated with the connected course.
For many of the participating AUN students, the cross-cultural experience is the most impactful takeaway. The collaboration does not end at the close of class. Students go on to share productive interactions outside class hours. This indeed is in observance of the AUN promise; all round development for her students.
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa