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Purchase Hosts Conference on Online International Learning Oct. 19

Date Released: 10/4/2007

The SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) at Purchase College hosts a conference exploring new research and initiatives in online international learning October 19 from 8:30 AM-5:30 PM in the Orchestra Rehearsal Hall of the Music Building at Purchase College. The conference is designed for faculty, administrators and staff engaged in international and online education. Registration is $50 for SUNY faculty, administrators and staff, and $75 for non-SUNY. For more information and to register, visit or call 609-915-5004.

Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.

The conference includes presentations by Doreen Starke-Meyerring, who will discuss “Designing Globally Networked Learning Environments,” and Bruce La Brack, who will address “What’s Up with Culture? Linking Online Cultural Training with International Educational Exchange.”

Panel discussions include “Online International Education at SUNY, the Experience of Teaching Faculty” with Craig Little, SUNY/Cortland and Frank Yunker, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, and “Online International Education at SUNY, Administrative Issues and New Directions” with Cary Hatch, SUNY Learning Network; Molly Mott, SUNY/Canton; and Jon Rubin, Purchase College; moderated by John Ryder, SUNY International Programs. The conference will close with a discussion on “Where Do We Go from Here?”

Doreen Starke-Meyerring is the co-director of the Centre for the Study and Teaching of Writing within the Department of Integrative Studies in Education at McGill University. Professor Starke-Meyerring has co-authored Designing Global Learning Environments: Visionary Partnerships, Policies, and Pedagogies which brings together college educators from nine countries who have taken the lead in developing globally networked learning environments across four continents to prepare students for global work and citizenship. She will speak about these new visions of open and globally networked learning. Her book is to be published this winter.

Bruce La Brack is a cultural anthropologist and South Asian specialist who is also a professor of anthropology in the School of International Studies (SIS) at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., where he has coordinated cross-cultural training since 1976. Professor LaBrack has published extensively on cultural adjustment issues and is the creator of   “What’s Up with Culture?” an online training resource.

The conference is sponsored by FACT with funding from SUNY Learning Environment in the Office of the Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs.