Breakout Session

Global Learning Space: Establishing a Transnational Network for Education

Track: Learning

Breakout II
Thursday, 11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Abstract
This presentation demonstrates the power of creativity, collaboration, and communication afforded to educators and students through highly accessible technologies and platforms. The presentation highlights a newly developed virtual learning platform and transnational network called the Global Learning Space (GLS). GLS is dedicated to connecting learners around the world in collaborative learning experiences. The learning platform of GLS is centered on Project-Collaborations, where learners communicate and collaborate, guided by a sequential curriculum structured around weekly standards-based challenges. This presentation enables participants to experience the power of a transnational learning collaboration.

Michael Bitz
Director, Instructional Design & Technology Center
Ramapo College

Bio
Dr. Michael Bitz, EdD, is an internationally recognized innovator in education who has worked to establish creativity at the core of learning. The Comic Book Project, launched by Dr. Bitz, in 2001, has impacted over 150,000 youths around the world and has been featured by the Washington Post, New York Times, National Public Radio, Associated Press, and many other media. He is the first recipient of the Educational Entrepreneurship Fellowship at the Mind Trust in Indianapolis, and he received the Distinguished Alumni Early Career Award from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Bitz is the author of two books: Manga High: Literacy, Identity, and Coming of Age in an Urban High School (Harvard Education Press) and When Commas Meet Kryptonite: Classroom Lessons from the Comic Book Project (Teachers College Press). Dr. Bitz is a faculty member at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where he also directs the Instructional Design and Technology Center.