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Remaking Area StudiesTeaching and Learning across Asia and the Pacific$
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Terence Wesley-Smith and Jon Goss

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833213

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833213.001.0001

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E-Learning and the Remaking of Pacific Studies

E-Learning and the Remaking of Pacific Studies

An Evolutionary Tale

(p.196) Chapter 11 E-Learning and the Remaking of Pacific Studies
Remaking Area Studies

Peter Hempenstall

Robert Nicole

Terence Wesley-Smith

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses a four-week interactive module called “Oceania on the Move” that brought together students in Hawaii, Fiji, and New Zealand to consider the patterns of migration entangling the histories of the three island places. The module has generally been favorably reviewed by students and in many respects has exceeded the expectations of its architects. It has also raised some profound issues concerning this type of student-centered pedagogy—especially one so heavily dependent on digital technology—and illustrated the challenges of building learning communities across significant cultural and institutional boundaries. If one day this experiment in interactive learning is judged significant, it will be because it has served, albeit in a small way, to address some of the imbalances of power, especially between Western academics and studied communities, that have characterized organized forms of Pacific area studies from the outset.

Keywords:   e-learning, migration, area studies, student-centered pedagogy, interactive learning

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