by jamesc 3/28/2014 11:01:32 AM --
AARHUS, DENMARK – In the Fall of 2013, three instructors from a college in Denmark spent two-weeks in Nebraska to, as one of them put it; “Get a taste of the real America!” Now three Nebraska college instructors are having the same opportunity to showcase their expertise in the Scandinavian country. Brian Anderson, Cara Hoehne, and Kate Trindle are presently teaching at Aarhus Business College in Aarhus, Denmark. The three are on a two-week faculty exchange with Danish institution. It is the result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by administrators at both colleges.
The experience has gone well, according to one of the instructors. “Everything is going great. We were in the classroom today and made connections with good instructors,” Hoehne said in an email following day one of the trip.
Prior to leaving, Hoehne, a business instructor at Northeast, said they have a very exciting, busy, and well organized schedule planned while in Denmark. “We all have different teaching schedules and will have the opportunity to network with instructors in our discipline. That includes a two-hour workshop to discuss teaching methods and the use of digital media. I am sure each side will come away with new ideas for their classroom.”
Anderson, Northeast’s broadcasting instructor, said he would be busy once he stepped foot on the Aarhus campus. “At Aarhus, they only teach broadcasting one week out the month. Thankfully that week will be the first week we are there. I will have a chance to be with Soren Nielsen, who was at Northeast last September, and is the instructor for AABC TV.”
Anderson said Aarhus has been working on a new video project since Nielsen’s visit to Northeast and they were excited for him to see it and give input. “Aarhus is hoping to build on their broadcasting program; and while they were here, they took a good number of pictures and videos to take back and show their administration,” Anderson said. “I will also use our Hawk TV online resources to show them some of our recent news shows, our new coach’s show called "The Hawks Nest" and other video and radio projects we have done. I will also give a short talk about KHWK/Hawk TV during one of their instructor workshops to describe how we use technology in delivering content to our audience.”
Anderson said his students at Northeast will also play a role in the exchange. “I am particularly excited about a couple of projects that my freshman TV production and performance class will be doing. During the first week, my students will create a video called "Show us around your station.” The students will take turns "hosting" a room in the broadcasting department and will give the Danish students a virtual tour of our facility.
During the second week, the class will begin the second-phase of the tour called "Show us around your campus.” Anderson said, “During this project, students will take turns hosting buildings and locations around Northeast's Norfolk campus. Again, the Danish students will have the opportunity to see the finished project. I hope this type of project can be the beginning of a regular media exchange.”
Anderson said the college radio station, KHWK, and college TV station, Hawk TV, will continue to operate under student leadership with the help of other faculty who have agreed to provide oversight. “The students will continue to air Hawk TV News Tuesday's at 5 p.m., which we will show to the students at Aarhus.”
Trindle, who teaches history and geography at Northeast, has also been busy in the classroom at Aarhus. “We are having a wonderful time. Everyone has been so kind and so helpful to us,” she said in an email. “We have a very busy schedule and are teaching and touring thanks to very nice and generous hosts. We don't want to miss a thing. We are doing very well and feel that this exchange is a complete success!”
The partnership with Aarhus directly corresponds with one of Northeast Community College’s eight institutional priorities -- Global Educational Opportunities. The priority calls for developing opportunities for faculty and students to engage in learning activities designed to enhance cultural awareness and workforce competitiveness.
Anderson said the collaboration with Aarhus is one way that both schools can work to exchange projects as part of an effort to show cultural differences, as well as help educate students to operate in the ever-expanding global media market.
Hoehne said she was looking forward to working with her Danish counterparts to create a project that will require Northeast Community College students and Aarhus students to work together. “My goal for the project is to give our students the opportunity to experience cultural differences and similarities in communication and business practices.”
She said traveling to Denmark is an incredible opportunity, and she is very grateful that Northeast Community College has made global opportunities a priority. “Our students will graduate with a deeper understanding of cultural awareness if they have a chance to have their own international experience or that of their instructor.”