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Globalizing On-line

Telecollaboration, Internationalization, and Social Justice


Nataly Tcherepashenets

Internationalization plays an important role in shaping the philosophy and practice of higher education, and it is arguably one of the most durable University achievements. Offering creative ways to achieve a shift from isolation to communication between people of different economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, telecollaboration exemplifies challenges and rewards of internationalization in the epoch of e-learning. In our interconnected world the tasks of both bringing the equality of opportunities and promoting intercultural dialogue continue to be priorities for education, whose major objective and obligation is an expansion of the freedoms of human beings. In the era of globalization, its fulfillment more than ever depends on making it possible for people of different backgrounds to participate in intercultural dialogue on equal terms. Intercultural collaborations in virtual environments offer unique opportunities for the realization of this goal. This book explores both a contribution of telecollaboration to the democratic education, solidarity and social justice in the globalized world as well as the complexities and challenges that arise from attempts to align international collaborations and social justice.
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Nataly Tcherepashenets is Associate Professor of Spanish and Area Coordinator of World Languages at the State University of New York, Empire State College. She is the author of Place and Displacement in the Narrative World of Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar (2008), a book chapter and numerous articles on topics of intercultural language education, Latin American and comparative literature

I am delighted to provide an endorsement to this important volume of essays, edited by Nataly Tcherepashenets. The themes it deals with of globalisation and social justice in educational contexts mediated by technological communication are pressingly important for all societies. The possibilities for inclusion or exclusion, for opportunity for individuals and communities or the reinforcement of social stratifi cation are both being enacted. This volume provides valuable refl ections on the potential for management of these futures.

Alan TaitProfessor of Distance Education and DevelopmentThe Open University, UK

Edited by Nataly Tcherepashenets, Globalizing Online: Telecollaboration, Internationalization, and Social Justice brings a valuable and fresh perspective to existing literature on online learning, multiculturalism and globalization. It is an inspiring read and a great contribution to the discussion.

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