(i) Project Title: China: Curriculum Infusion

(ii)Project Director Overseas Administrator Country Expert/Facilitator
Theo Sypris, Director Yuegen Yu SuiWah Chan, Outreach Coordinator
Midwest Institute for IIE History Department Center for Chinese Studies
P.O. Box 325 University of Dayton University of Michigan
Oshtemo, MI 49077 300 College Park 1080 S. University
Phone: (269) 488-4283 Dayton, OH 45469 Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Fax: (269) 488-4458 937-238-6160 734-846-8210
Email: tsypris@kvcc.edu Email: yuegen.yu@notes.udayton.edu Email: olga-petrova@uiowa.edu

(iii)Number of Participants: Twenty faculty

The project is designed to assist faculty in a consortium of two-year public colleges in the Midwest region (called the Midwest Institute for IIE) to create curriculum, provide for professional development, and foster institutional collaboration. The selected faculty will participate in the project and become conduits for educating their students, provide services to local community, and facilitate a better understanding about China.

The twenty faculty will be involved in a three phase project: a) readings, training workshops and pre departure orientation; b) overseas lectures/workshops and project development; and c) post trip completion of curriculum modules, production of a curriculum handbook, a CD-ROM on video and photos from the trip, and implementation of college and community projects.

The twenty faculty selected to participate in the project represent a good mix of disciplines in arts, communications, humanities, and social sciences, as well as, personal and professional background. The study tour will last about five weeks.

    There are nine project objectives:
  1. To increase the number of faculty expertise on China through readings, lectures, workshops, travel, and interaction with faculty, administrators, community leaders & officials in China.
  2. To expand the international content of the colleges’ curricula through the development and the infusion of curriculum modules into selected courses in arts, communications, humanities, and social sciences.
  3. To increase the number of faculty to use on-line software, such as BlackBoard or Web-CT or Educator, as an interactive learning tool to enhance sharing and learning about China.
  4. To use the Midwest Institute’s website and individual websites created by the participating faculty to share their curriculum work and photos/video with students, other faculty and colleges in the consortium.
  5. To offer lectures and campus events to the college community regarding economic, political, social and cultural aspects of China.
  6. To develop an educational VHS video program and a CD-ROM on China based on the trip and the curriculum developed.
  7. To facilitate collaborative projects and exchanges with educational institutions, businesses, government agencies, and civic groups in China.
  8. To expand the understanding and knowledge on China with the development of a curriculum handbook and disseminate free of charge to interested colleges and schools.
  9. To produce a group journal on the trip to China.