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Michael B. Laffin

For immediate release:
May 22, 2003

Carnegie Mellon University Receives Award Recognizing Innovative Use of Technology to Promote International Learning

PITTSBURGH—The American Council on Education (ACE) has awarded Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Strategic Development an "ACE/AT&T Award for Technology as a Tool for Internationalization." The award recognizes the innovative use of technology to promote international learning at U.S. colleges and universities. Only six institutions were selected nationwide to receive the honor.

The program, which offers awards in the amount of $7,500, is underwritten by a grant from the AT&T Foundation.

"Internationalization is a vital component of Carnegie Mellon's strategic plan," said Paul Goodman, director of the university's Institute for Strategic Development and professor of organizational psychology in the business school. Goodman, who accepted the award in Washington earlier this week, added, "One part of this strategy is to create novel learning environments that will help our students operate in a global setting. We have focused on technology-enhanced learning to internationalize education."

Carnegie Mellon's approach links students in Pittsburgh with students in other countries to facilitate global, educational dialogues and collaborate on problems in a real-time environment. Specific examples of the university's international technology-enhanced learning include "Artists and Their Museums on the Riviera," "Management Game" and "Engineering Design Problem Formulation."

"Artists and Their Museums on the Riviera" is an undergraduate course taught by Barbara Freed, professor of French and applied linguistics. The course is a collaborative effort with French museums designed to introduce students to artists, such as Picasso and Matisse. The class also explores the artists' interactions with their own work, the museums and the local culture along the Riviera. Technical highlights included real-time visits to museums via interactive videoconferencing.

"Management Game" is an MBA course created at Carnegie Mellon and directed by Senior Lecturer David Lamont that uses a complex computer simulation of a consumer products industry to engage students in teamwork, decision-making, negotiation and communication. The most recent session included 95 teams of five to seven students from business schools in cities around the world including Buenos Aires, Argentina; Kiev, Ukraine; Moscow; Pittsburgh; Santiago, Chile; Shenyang, China; and Tokyo. In the simulation, teams act as senior managers who make strategic decisions involving marketing, finance, production, research and development. They also compete against and interact with the students from other countries.

In "Engineering Design Problem Formulation," taught by Arthur Westerberg, professor of chemical engineering, undergraduate students at Carnegie Mellon and Delft University in the Netherlands learned how to determine the scope of an engineering problem and how mathematical and other formal models can be used to articulate problems rather than their solvability. In four-person "virtual teams" of two students in the Netherlands and two students from Carnegie Mellon, students experienced a technological educational environment using "interactive" video, a specially designed Web-based document system, videoconferencing, email, chat rooms and the telephone.

Other schools receiving the ACE award include Ball State University, The Pennsylvania State University, The University System of Georgia, the University of Maryland College Park and the University of South Carolina-Columbia.

This is the second award Carnegie Mellon's Institute for Strategic Development has won this year for innovation in international education. The first award was given by the Institute of International Education for technology-enhanced learning.


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