A Global Alliance In Distance Learning: Heightening Awareness of Individuals With Exceptoinalities Across Cultures
Wednesday, March 9 6:30 PM-8:00 PM Location: Hermitage C
Abstract: To meet the ever-growing need for special educators across cultures, the current project was funded by the Global Challenge Initiative at the University of North Texas (UNT). UNT seeks to provide four "globally enhanced" on-line courses for prospective teachers in special education. The courses provide: lectures in Spanish as well as English, units on cultural awareness, and video examples of best practices across cultures. For this project, UNT has partnered with Universidad Casa Grande in Ecuador. The courses provided in the four course sequence include: Introduction to Special Education, Assistive Technology, Assessment of Special Learners, and Authentic Assessment. All four courses in the sequence have been taught. Documentation of the effectiveness of these courses is provided.