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Dr. Derrick Cogburn Highlights IDPP at Global Symposium in Italy

Dr. Cogburn presents at Global Symposium at University of Padova (photo)Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, IDPP/COTELCO executive director, traveled to Padova, Italy from 14-15 December 2012 to present an invited lecture on the future of political science. Dr. Cogburn highlighted the IDPP as a model for geographically-distributed and collaborative teaching, learning, and research. The presentation took place at the Global Symposium on The Future of Political and Social Sciences: An International and Interdisciplinary Conversation at the University of Padova.

Dr. Cogburn joined leading experts in global studies from around the world to discuss emerging research and education challenges in the political and social science space. The symposium offered an opportunity to share the successes and challenges of the implementation of the IDPP and its virtual Master's in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) program, a real-world model of regional and global approaches to virtual teaching, learning, and research.

The CIDP program, the world's first virtual Master's program in disability policy, is facilitated using an innovative array of accessible webconferencing and open source software. Through the IDPP's cyberinfrastructure system, the CIDP program welcomes students and faculty from all over the world, including Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the United States.

Other speakers at the symposium also examined the impact technology has had on teaching and learning, and asked important questions surrounding the future of global studies. For example, should educators rethink education and pedagogical approaches in higher education institutions? What kind of political and social theories need to be developed for the next generation of global studies?

Dr. Cogburn also showcased COTELCO's work on 'Big Data' for the social sciences and the impending implementation of the IDPP's inaugural Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The event was organized around a day and a half symposium with three main speakers, invited discussants, and an open debate.

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