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The Friday Letter, a weekly publication of the Association of Schools of Public Health, released an article entitled, Expanding the Knowledge Network through Columbia’s Global Classroom, highlighting how students from Indonesia and Sri Lanka are tuning in to classes at Mailman School of Public Health.

The April 15, 2011 article focused on the course, “Protection of Children in Disaster and War,” taught by Dr. Neil Boothby, the Allan Rosenfield Professor of Clinical Forced Migration and Health and director of the Program on Forced Migration and Health, and Dr. Lindsay Stark, assistant professor of clinical population and family health, that was shared via video conferencing and, online, using a Wikischolars site.

Michelle Hall, CCNMTL senior educational technologist, helped the group choose and set up the Wikischolars platform for collaborative editing that allowed for Columbia UNI and non-UNI access; advised how the assignments should be set up along with the RSS feeds to capture student responses. Michelle also trained the TAs and coordinators to use the wiki that was set up to function like a course management system, using a wiki page for each class session.