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Provost's Imagine Fund for Arts and Humanities

Multicultural Perspectives in Design using COIL: A Collaboration with sub-Saharan Africa

The goal of this project is to collaborate with Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Nigeria to develop a technology-enhanced learning environment on global perspectives in Interior Design. Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), which is an innovative way to engage in dialogue about global grand challenges will be used as a framework for this project. “COILing” a class involves partnerships between faculty and institutions with the goal of internationalized and intercultural learning outcomes. Funding from the imagine grant will allow PI visit the Architecture Department at OAU campus to discuss, develop and co-create a technology-enhanced learning environment where students from UMN and OAU can interact and learn from each other. Another goal of this collaboration is to lead to the first formal Interior Design program in Nigeria with a global appeal. This proposal will allow colleagues from the Global North and Global South physically meet to develop a unique course in Interior Design that will be beneficial to both societies. The cross fertilization of ideas will allow us develop a body of knowledge to provide our students and colleagues a global design view and how social, economic and cultural contexts informs design. At this stage the structure, content and framework for offering the international course in Interior Design will be determined. Finally, the goal is to offer students collaboration and exchange of knowledge in real time through the web, so as to provide both groups with multicultural design perspectives and exposure to the current events that are shaping contemporary society.

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