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Release: Sept. 1, 1999
UI representatives to show Middle East faculty how
to use technology in school
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two representatives from the University
of Iowa will visit Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates this month to demonstrate
how technology is being used for education in the United States.
John Achrazoglou, lecturer/program associate and coordinator
of Instructional Technology at the College of Education, and Carolyn Lieberg,
associate director for the Center for Teaching, will spend the first of two
weeks at the University of Bahrain. They then will travel to the United Arab
Emirates for a Middle East conference on learning and technology, which is
being sponsored in part by the United Nations.
The trip, which runs from Sept. 8-23, is being funded
with grants from the U.S. Information Agency and the United Nations.
"This will be unique," said Peter Hlebowitsh, associate
professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Division of the College of Education
and the University of Bahrain's initial contact when its vice president for
community outreach, Emad Taqi, visited the campus this past summer. "This
represents kind of a breakthrough event for the University of Iowa in that
this is our first experience there. As these things always go, we're hopeful
this will be a long-lasting relationship."
Lieberg, whose specialty is group dynamics and discussion,
will show faculty how to employ teaching methods other than lecturing, such
as "collaborative learning" that encourages students to discuss topics among
Achrazoglou, whose specialty is instructional technology,
said he likely would show faculty at the University of Bahrain how to use
computers and the Web for teaching and distributing class materials. While
the university seems to have much of the necessary technology, he said only
a small percentage of faculty members have their own Web pages.
"Based on the main university Web site, they have the
infrastructure. But I suspect there's still a great need to teach how to use
teaching tools," Achrazoglou said. "It's going to be a really interesting