Colloquium Series, Fall-Spring 2004

Virtual Zamboanga & Virtual Manoa: Creating a Student-Centered Realtime Classroom, October 29, 2004, 12:00 - 1:30 pm, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

Speakers: Ricardo D. Trimillos, PhD
Professor & Chair, UHM Asian Studies Program
Gerard Finin, PhD
Fellow, East-West Center

Critiques of area studies pedagogy have raised issues on many fronts. A disappointing feature of these critiques is that they generally provide little practical guidance for innovative ways to improve upon traditional approaches to teaching area studies. ASAN 491P is an experimental class intended to address some of the weaknesses associated with traditional area studies courses. A fundamental goal is to combine the best of traditional classroom-based instruction with new student-centered learning opportunities.

The basic premise of ASAN 491P is to take area studies to the area under study, using standard Internet technology. The cooperating institution is the Ateneo de Zamboanga, a private Jesuit university in western Mindanao. The Ateneo student cohort includes a balance of Muslims and Christians. The class compares issues of sovereignty, identity, and land rights in Mindanao and Hawai'i.

The seminar will address the strengths and weaknesses of this cyberspace experiment, which began in 1999 as part of the SHAPS Moving Cultures Project funded by the Ford Foundation. Please feel free to give us a call at the Center for more information. More...