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UESL’s WorldCat Connections Program Continues to Grow

When the first WorldCat Connections online program took place in August of 2020, it consisted of one course with 11 students drawn from two of UESL’s partner institutions. The program expanded for the next offering in February 2021, with 31 students from seven partners enrolled in one or more of the five courses offered. In August 2021, the program surpassed this previous success, with a total of 71 individuals enrolled, most of whom studied in two or more of the eight courses on offer.

The WorldCat Connections Intensive English classes are open to individual registrations, which have attracted students from Rikkyo University, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Kyoritsu Women’s University, Tokyo Gakugei University, and Takushoku University.  This August, the greatest number of attendees came through group registrations from partner institutions such as Fukuoka Jo Gakuin University and Junior College, the University of Shimane, and Kurume Institute of Technology (KIT). In addition, at the request of KIT, WorldCat Connections was able to provide a special section of Oral Communication for a group of 9 students studying Artificial Intelligence. Over a 4-week period which included 40 hours of class time, these students developed their speaking and presentation skills while focusing on AI-related topics. Their course concluded with presentations on their research projects at KIT in a session attended by representatives from the Kurume Institute of Technology, including International Exchange Committee Director, Professor Hidenobu Igawa, AI Lab Deputy Director, Professor Mariko Oda, Associate Professor (and CWU alumnus) Richard Lee, and AI Lab Special Assistant Jewon Oh. Dr. Ediz Kaykayoglu, Dean of Extended and Global Education, joined WorldCat Connections faculty in attendance on behalf of CWU. University of Shimane professor Dustin Kidd (another a CWU alum!) also took part in the session.

Originally conceived of as a way of maintaining connections with our valued international partner institutions  and serving their students during the pandemic, WorldCat Connections has grown to be a successful online program that will continue to be offered in the future, with the next edition slated for February/March of 2022.

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