Amy Pickard, Assistant Professor in Adult Education, has been named a Global Classroom Fellow. She will be part of an initiative from IU Global with a goal of enhancing the ability of students to communicate and collaborate across national and cultural boundaries, and to increase their understanding of and respect for norms and values different from their own.
“It is a wonderful opportunity to engage in international partnerships and to bring international perspectives to IU's Adult Education master’s students,” Pickard said.
As a Global Fellow, Pickard is working with a lecturer at the University of Glasgow’s International Master in Adult Education for Social Change program to develop student collaborative projects and a mini-online symposium about the impact of globalization on adult education across a range of international settings.
“Education is influenced by global forces; however, the local particulars are very distinct,” she said. “This partnership with an international program is an opportunity for our students to gain a nuanced understanding of how context shapes global forces and to develop their skills working in cross-cultural partnerships. I believe both of these are essential to supporting our students’ future engagement in meaningful adult education practice.”