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Technology Across Borders By Gary Weis

Imagine what would happen if there were no barriers to learning – if everyone who wanted to receive an education could do so regardless of their location , time ( or lack thereof ), or financial circumstances .
A student watches a lecture online via Mediasite .
One of the reasons I believe online learning is so successful is because it is powerful enough to bridge time and distance , allowing schools to cross borders and educate students all over the world .
Geographical barriers can prevent students from attending classes , and those in bandwidth-challenged areas aren ’ t able to reliably receive live online learning content . The valuable ability to time shift becomes even more important in the face of unexpected events , such as epidemics , hurricanes , and wildfires . In situations like these , I ’ m seeing K-12 schools , colleges , and universities turn to unique video solutions to ensure learning isn ’ t disrupted .
What ’ s so exciting to me is that schools are finding creative ways to reach students all over the world , removing barriers to student success and creating graduates who otherwise would never earn a diploma . The following stories are some of my favorites that I ’ ve seen throughout my years working in education .
Flexibility in the Midst of Epidemics and Natural
Disasters Time shifting the learning process is not new . During the hurricanes that ravaged the Caribbean and southern United States last fall , I saw faculty using online video to record lectures , allowing students to watch from home .
When a tornado touched down near The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City , lectures continued as planned online thanks to video , and no one missed a beat .
When wildfires forced California State University ( CSU ) Fullerton Department of Nursing and CSU San Marcos to cancel classes , both schools continued delivering instruction by capturing and streaming lectures online . Marsha Orr , distance education faculty liaison in the Department of Nursing , told me they didn ’ t want students to have to make a choice between potentially having to evacuate and coming to class .
“ Because we are able to swiftly and easily capture the class and post it immediately to the web , it meant that the students didn ’ t lose any content . It meant not rescheduling . It meant not trying to double up on information ,” she said .
Similarly , universities and healthcare organizations were in crisis mode last year during the Zika Virus outbreak . Schools turned to online video to deliver safety and preventative tips to the masses .
No-Boundaries Learning
Online learning is not only keeping classrooms running in times of trial , it is also democratizing learning around the world .
Internet Broadcast Project for Rural South Africa
In some South African provinces , 80 percent of schools are classified as failing due to a lack of quality teachers and
Equipment for the Internet Broadcast project at the University of the Free State in South Africa is installed in a classroom .
30 January 2018
Technology Across Borders By Gary Weis Imagine what would happen if there were no barriers to learning – if everyone who wanted to receive an education could do so regardless of their location, time (or lack thereof), or financial circumstances. A student watches a lecture online via Mediasite. One of the reasons I believe online learning is so success- ful is because it is powerful enough to bridge time and dis- tance, allowing schools to cross borders and educate students all over the world. Geographical barriers can prevent students from at- tending classes, and those in bandwidth-challenged areas aren’t able to reliably receive live online learning content. The valuable ability to time shift becomes even more important in the face of unexpected events, such as epidemics, hurricanes, and wildfires. In situations like these, I’m seeing K-12 schools, colleges, and universities turn to unique video solutions to ensure learning isn’t disrupted. What’s so exciting to me is that schools are finding cre- ative ways to reach students all over the world, removing bar- riers to student success and creating graduates who otherwise would never earn a diploma. The following stories are some o 䁙ٽɥѕ́ѡЁ'e͕ٔѡɽ՝Ё啅́ݽɭ)Սѥ)᥉䁥ѡ5Ё́9Ʌ)ͅѕ)Q͡ѥѡɹɽ́́Ёܸ)ɥѡɥ́ѡЁɅمѡ ɥ)ͽѡɸUѕMхѕ́Ё$ͅ܁ձͥ٥)Ѽɕɐɕ̰ݥՑ́Ѽ݅эɽ()Յ)]ѽɹѽՍݸȁQUٕͥ䁽)=!ѠḾ ѕȁ= 䰁ɕ)ѥՕ́ѡ́Ѽ٥)͕и)]ݥɕ́ɍ ɹMхєUٕͥ䀡 MT)ձѽѵЁ9ͥ MTM5ɍ́Ѽ)͕̰Ѡ͍́ѥՕٕɥՍѥ)䁍ɥɕɕ́5͡=Ȱ̴)хՍѥձ䁱ͽѡѵЁ9ͥ)ѽѡ䁑eЁ݅ЁՑ́ѼٔѼ)ݕѕѥ䁡٥ѼمՅєѼ̸+q ͔ݔɔѼݥѱ䁅ͥ䁍ɔѡ)ЁЁѕѼѡݕЁЁѡЁѡՑ)eЁ͔䁍ѕи%ЁЁЁɕ͍ձ%Ё)Ё她ѼՉɵѥt͡ͅ)Mɱ䰁չٕͥѥ́ѡɔɝѥ)ݕɔɥͥ́Ё啅ȁɥѡiÝщɕ)ḾɹѼ٥Ѽٕȁͅ䁅ɕٕф)ѥٔѥ́Ѽѡ̸͕)9 չɥ́1ɹ)=ɹ́Ё䁭ɽ́չ)ѥ́ɥЁ́ͼɅѥ饹ɹɽչѡ)ݽɱ)%ѕɹЁ ɽЁAɽЁȁIɅMѠɥ)%ͽMѠɥɽ٥̰ɍЁ͍)ɔͥ́ՔѼՅѕ́)եЁȁѡ%ѕɹЁ ɽЁɽЁЁѡUٕͥ䁽)ѡɕMхєMѠɥ́хɽ