Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Crossing cultures: OU history instructor applauded for international academic endeavor

By The Herald Staff | 5/12/2014

A collaborative teaching effort with an educator in Macedonia has earned an Ottawa University professor international recognition.

Steven Foulke, associate professor of history at OU, was awarded the 2014 Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching Gold Award by the U.S. Distance Learning Association during an international awards ceremony May 5 as part of the organization’s annual conference, according to an OU news release. Foulke received the honor in conjunction with Rumena Buzarovska, assistant professor of philology and American cultural studies, at Saints Cyril and Methodious University, Skopje, Macedonia.

A collaborative teaching effort with an educator in Macedonia has earned an Ottawa University professor international recognition.

Steven Foulke, associate professor of history at OU, was awarded the 2014 Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching Gold Award by the U.S. Distance Learning Association during an international awards ceremony May 5 as part of the organization’s annual conference, according to an OU news release. Foulke received the honor in conjunction with Rumena Buzarovska, assistant professor of philology and American cultural studies, at Saints Cyril and Methodious University, Skopje, Macedonia.

Foulke and Buzarovska were nominated for the award based on their joint, online Spring 2013 course, “Regions of the Balkans and the U.S.: Studies in Space, Place and Cultural Geography in Macedonia and the U.S.”

The eight-week course involved five OU students from across the U.S. and 10 Macedonian students who shared texts and films — which they accessed online — to explore ethnicity, religion, electoral politics, economic trends, student culture and perceptions of the future in both countries, the OU release said.

The online course was conceived and designed by Carine Ullom, Ottawa University’s director of the office of academic technology, who supported the students and faculty in their use of technologies throughout the course, according to the release.

Foulke was in Macedonia on a Fulbright teaching grant for the duration of the course.

“We’ve done something truly innovative by bringing students from two countries together for an extended learning experience, a kind of ‘virtual study abroad,’” Foulke said. “The students from both universities expressed genuine excitement about the course. The experience of developing and teaching this course has to be one of the highlights of my career.”

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