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Fredric Kropp seeks advice on how to connect his two courses, one in the US and one in Australia, for joint assignments and interaction

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I need help solving a problem. I am teaching two graduate-level courses in creativity and innovation concurrently, one in the US and one in Adelaide, Australia. The one in the US is in standard mode, 3 hours per week over 15 weeks. The one in Australia is in executive mode – two full days in March (during spring break) and two full days in May (after classes end in California). I want to connect the two courses, for joint assignments and interaction. I can use google groups, zoho, skype groups, moodle (an open source blackboard system), Utterz or any other platform that makes sense.

Here’s what I would like to do and I don’t know the best way to do it.

  1. I would like the capability to do synchonis and asynchronis communication. Adelaide is 16-1/2 hours ahead of California.
  2. I want to set up dyads of students, one here, one in Australia where they can have conversations and I can monitor it on an occasional basis. The conversation would be closed to everyone else.
  3. I want to be able to have everyone contribute to a forum or a wiki on occasion and to have everyone else have the capability to see what others are saying and to contribute.
  4. I want to be able to periodically form new groups, say, one-third of the class(es) in one group, anonther in a second group, and a third in a third group.

Does anyone have any suggestions of a good way of doing this? I appreciate your help and will send the best solution to people who email me.



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Fredric Kropp, PhD
Associate Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Fisher Graduate School of International Business
Monterey Institute of International Studies
460 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940 USA
TEL (831) 647-6684 FAX (831) 647-6506