International Programs and Initiatives
Project: IE Lab-TKU
MU's Information Experience Laboratory (IE Lab) has begun a joint venture with Tamkang University (TKU) that establishes "IE Lab-TKU" as a new Web application usability testing facility in Taiwan. IE Lab-TKU will operate in the same way as MU's IE Lab by using a multi-faceted approach to provide usability testing and human-computer interaction evaluation for TKU and other educational institutions and companies throughout Taiwan. The project aims to gain insight into cross cultural evaluation and research of human-computer interaction. MU and TKU will utilize video conferencing technology and online resources to provide mutual support and share findings.
MU Point of Contact: Joi Moore
Project: IE Lab-Thailand Cyber University
A research and service partnership with the goal being to understand and improve the e-learning resources used by TCU, a consortium of 20+ Thai universities. Completed partnership activities include: designing and constructing a usability testing lab, at Chulalongkorn University and training TCU faculty and students in basic usability testing approaches.
MU Point of Contact: Sanda Erdelez
Project: IE Lab-East China Normal University
A research partnership with the goal being to understand and improve the e-learning resources used by ECNU, Shanghai. Completed partnership activities include: designing and constructing a usability testing lab, at ECNU and establishing a MOU.
MU Point of Contact: Joi Moore and James Laffey
Project: Prince of Songkla University
MU researchers Brendan Maxcy, Peggy Placier and Margaret Grogan study responses of school administrators to religious-ethnic tensions in southern Thailand. Focusing on Prince of Songkla University (PSU) in Pattani, the study expands a longstanding partnership with that school, which begins a new joint degree program with Mizzou, in Educational Leadership, this year.
MU Point of Contact: Brendan Maxcy
Project: Beijing Normal University
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Beijing Normal University (School Psychology) and the University of Missouri-Columbia (Counseling Psychology) for future cooperation and the establishment of a Chinese American Center.
MU Point of Contact: Rich Cox
Location: Beijing, China
Project: Central Queensland University
Drs. Abell and Volkmann from Mizzou's Department of Learning Teaching and Curriculum are collaborating with Central Queensland University's (CQU) science educators on research projects concerning science teacher education. Additionaly, Dr. Abell is collaborating with Dr. Ken Appleton, a CQU faculty member, on a book project entitled, Designing the Elementary Science Methods Course.
MU Point of Contact: Sandi Abell
Location: Rockhampton, Australia (between Brisbane and Cairns on eastern coast)
Project: Best Practices in Professional Development
Thailand's Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) in Bangkok, and the SouthWestern Bell Science Education Center have formed a partnership for the professional development of IPST staff, which includes on-site staff development, PhD work at MU, and Thailand-based research projects. Mizzou's goal is to help IPST think about best practice in professional development for science teachers. Currently, Ms Kusalin Musikul, of the Primary Science Division at IPST, is a doctoral student in Mizzou's Science Education Program researching professional development for science teachers.
MU Point of Contact: Sandi Abell
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Project: ShowMe the World
The ShowMe the World program promotes learning in a global setting by facilitating partnerships between K-12 schools in Missouri and their counterparts around the world. The interactive program is dedicated to helping Missouri's K-12 students and teachers become Global Citizens.
Hannibal School District has been particularly active in this project, both a the elementary and secondary levels. Click on the links below for more details
MU Point of Contact: John Wedman
Project: MU Center for School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS)
The MU Center for SW-PBS is actively assisting states and provinces throughout Canada and Australia. Drs. Lewis and Newcomer in Mizzou's Special Education Department have been working with school teams to implement school-wide positive behavior supports (SW-PBS), a pro-active instruction base process to address problem behavior in school.
MU Point of Contact: Tim Lewis
Location: Australia and British Columbia, Canada New South Wales, Sydney, Queensland - Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Tasmania - Launceston, Hobart, Vancouver, Kamloops, Prince George,Victoria, Nanimo, Courtney.
Project: National College of Ireland
Steve Osterlind is serving as a Distinguished Research Professor at the National College of Ireland (NCI). While at NCI, Osterlind lectures, consults and helps guide research projects on student assessment. Mizzou and the NCI are now establishing a partnership, which will include a broader exchange of professors, ideas and research, to help NCI become a more research-intensive university.
MU Point of Contact: Steve Osterland
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Mizzou Education Alumni have gone on to teach in: Japan; Morocco, Spain; France; Quam; South America; Chad, Africa; West Africa