Building Education w. Brazil by saying ¡Bienvenidos!

“The most important trip we take in life is meeting people halfway.” ~Henry Boye

Although only two remaining Beatles still walk amongst the living, it’s a fun idea to entertain that if we’re able to create a TuPac Shakur holorgram, then it’s also possible that hopefully one day in the not so distant future, the legenday Fab Four will also come together once again (no ironic pun intended).  While a live, mixed jam session on Leno or Letterman would electrify the nation, it’s my humble, personal hope that the boys will return from a enlightening, transcendental journey with a plan to discuss how we might all collectively improve higher education worldwide.  At the very least, I wish someone would dare to ask university administrators nonchalantly, “I don’t know why you say good bye? I say hello.”

This witty lyric translates to a broader question concerning 21st century universities everywhere: why are a percentage of schools still choosing to resist certain digital media platforms designed to help enhance and also grow the learning and campus experience?  Even despite mounting evidence which proves that when a college classroom uses these emerging media tools, applications and innovative technologies effectively, the end result means that the entire academic community improves overall; there’s still a lingering protest that enrolling these changes will create more mess than good management.

In a recent article for BBC World News, Anna Bressanin’s video interview features three students, currently studying abroad in the United States in order to gain a more dynamic education, so that upon finishing their programs, they’ll be able to return home and hopefully apply their experiences toward helping resolve local, pressing issues like poverty, global warming, problematic urban infrastructures, etc.

Ambitious institutions like Science without Borders, EUSA, and other study abroad sites work diligently (and truly bring value) when it comes to helping universities establish resourceful partnerships, opportunities, and networks for students/professors wishing to expand their educational threshold.  But more importantly, emerging media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Blogs, YouTube and LinkedIn allow those participating and representing these programs to generate an ongoing, engaging dialogue about their real time experiences. Moreover, these technologies also allow a person cataloging this information to create a digital file history so that when future students wish to embrace similar opportunities- the information exists in readily available, searchable, and shareable formats.

Courtesy of DailyTrojan.com

Today, every campus aspiring to develop an internationally known  brand identity and expansive relationship network both externally and internally that supports an evolving campus must think about how digital platforms will help, hinder and enhance the education experience challenging all eager and committed students who want to learn by using application in addition to the classroom protocol.  Moreover, academic leaders must also be willing to turn to their global neighbors and at the very least offer to say ‘Hi there … I hope we can help each other and I’d also like to learn a little more about you.”

It’s amazing what happens someone starts a conversation by saying a simple hello.

Say Hi and connect with Amanda Montgomery || @acmontgomery  ; also as always feel free to share thoughts, comments, and observations about ideas relating to this Fall’s thesis research below – Thanks!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mary B Adams (@LadyMissMBA)
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 04:54:59

    Liked this but had a language/title question… Isn’t it bem-vindos in Portugese?

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