The School of Informatics and Computing is eager to facilitate international collaborations and has asked faculty to consider adding an international dimension to classes. William Helling (LIS) has just received approval to be one of the participants in the IU Global Classroom initiative. This special program “offers instructors a way to add an international component to their classes by collaborating with a foreign partner. This gives students experience with the type of work they will likely engage in over the course of their future careers: cross-cultural, project-based, and supported by technology” (https://global.iu.edu/education/internationalization/classroom/).
Dr. Helling is scheduled to teach S604 Topics: Information Structures for the Web in spring 2021. This course will cover principles, methods, and techniques of basic to advanced markup and scripting to develop web pages and digital services. Students work with HTML, CSS, and other technologies to develop valid, accessible, and usable web pages. S604 (which may become S512 before the spring semester) is an elective for any specialization. This course will be paired with a parallel course at Haaga-Helia University in Helsinki, Finland. The Haaga-Helia students are truly representative of an international body. Their course in Helsinki is taught in English, and students are from Asia, Africa, and South America in addition to Europe (and, of course, Finnish representatives).
Dr. Helling and his Haaga-Helia colleague will work at scheduling student-to-student interaction and asynchronous exchange leading up to and including shared projects. This is an excellent opportunity for IUPUI students to become involved in international collaboration that will broaden their perspectives. Haaga-Helia students are also highly motivated to develop web projects with English-speaking students with whom they can cooperate.
The Indiana University Office of the Vice President for International Affairs states: “There could not be a more important time to promote cross-cultural communication skills and global understanding in our classrooms.”
If you have questions, contact Dr. Helling at firstname.lastname@example.org
Prerequisites: S500, S501, S502 or consent of instructor