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Globalization Issues

According to our researchers here at OLK12, we have determined a few key points that will be shown in the years to come. They include the following:

How do I operate cohesively vs. multi-domestically?

How do I collaborate effectively with students, teachers, administrators, and staff in any language, and with cultural respect?

How do I create global ecosystems, that nurture the very planet that we are living in?

A good summary of the strengths that portfolios provide for teacher education include:

I. empowerment: the shift of ownership of learning from faculty to student.

II. collaboration: the ability to allow students to engage in ongoing discussions about content with both peers and teachers.

III. integration: the ability to make connections between theory and practice.

IV. explicitness: the student's focus on the specificity of purpose for the portfolio

V. authenticity: the portfolio provides direct links between artifacts included and classroom practice.

VI. critical thinking: provided by the opportunity to reflect on change and growth over a period of time.

The Ambigous

Marketplace uncertainties add challenges of their own

How to quickly reach new multilingual / multicultural markets?

How to minimize local exposure while increasing global avenues?

How to improve asset utilization and minimize operational risks?

How to increase student focus?

How to control administrators and teachers lesson plans and develop worldwide loyalty?

How to reduce costs and align IT expenses with classroom objectives on a global basis?

Since globalization is a strategic initiative, it does not require a separate business case.  It does mean that you need a strategy and an IT infrastructure that supports your global classroom goals and eliminate roadblocks that keep you from maximizing the value of e-learning globalization.  These include:

Classroom processes, practices and conventions that differ from country to country.

Human factors, such as resistance to changes in communication and technology, and cultural and language barriers.

Perspective shifts in the administrative culture that may be required to do classroom education globally.

Technology issues, including worldwide standardization, such as an overarching infrastructure for within-entity communication and open source software for development and delivery of the online classroom.