Gannon University's Globalization Speaker Series Returns

Posted: September 25, 2015

Gannon University's Globalization Speaker Series resumes on September 29 with "Is there an easy science in learning hard science?" Grade school students in the United States "continue to lag behind students in several East Asian countries and some European nations in math and science" (Arkin 2012). Some studies (Morella 2013) suggest that "even though the number of jobs in science and engineering is expected to surge in the years to come, close to 60 percent of the nation's students who begin high school interested in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, change their minds by graduation." Join us as  Lisa Nogaj, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Elisa M. Konieczko, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, discuss the challenges and strategies in learning "hard" science courses.


This series was created by Christopher Magno, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice. As a recipient of Gannon's Cooney-Jackman Endowed Professorship and a native of the Philippines, Magno created the series to, as he said, "let the Gannon University community reach a greater understanding of what globalization is about in different aspects-cultural, environmental, labor and economic.


"Globalization is right in front of us," he added. "When you watch the news, you experience globalization, and Erie is so multicultural, a city of immigrants and refugees that we encounter in daily lives."


The following is a list of events in the fall portion of the Globalization Speaker Series. All events are free and open to the public.


October 28

Old School: The value of the traditional teaching in the modern classroom.

Speakers: Jeff Bloodworth, Ph.D. & Dick Moodey, Ph.D. 

6 p.m. 

Description: What are the advantages and disadvantages of traditional and modern teaching? What is the importance of keeping the traditional teaching in the modern classroom? Does education technology enhance or erode the values of traditional teaching? Join us as our speakers and reactors discuss their various teaching strategies in the evolving learning environment in our classrooms.

November 17

Teaching international students: Pedagogical Issues and Strategies. 

Speakers: Sally Levan, Ph.D., Carolyn Baugh, Ph.D. and Anjali Sahay, Ph.D. 

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.          

Description: Strong evidence of globalization on our campus is the increase in enrollment of international students. Gannon has students from 33 different countries; the majority of them are from Saudi Arabia, China and India. As our campus become increasingly diverse, faculty must understand the needs and behaviors of a broad range of students and develop techniques for working effectively with them. Join us as our speakers and reactors discuss information and strategies for teaching international students.

December  1

Globalization speakers: Teaching in the Mobile Village 

Speakers:  Zack Stiegler Ph.D. and Nick Artman 

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.  

Description: One of Marshall McLuhan's most enduring concepts is that of "the global village." In a broader scope, the global village concept provided a foundation for, and is perhaps the most exemplary illustration of McLuhan's  larger theoretical contribution to the field; namely, that technology has its most profound consequences on our "vortices and matrices of thought and action." Media technologies have profound effects on social behavior, organization and relation. The central question of the presentation is how the introduction of mobile technology has influenced the learning environment. More to the point, what are the ramifications of the global village's transformation into the mobile village? In addressing this question, we examine four key ways in which the mobile village has impacted the classroom: the obliteration of space, challenges to existing social norms, and the creation of a digital info glut.

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