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Global Workforce http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org Just another WordPress site Wed, 14 Aug 2013 14:34:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wikis http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/wikis/ http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/wikis/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:36:20 +0000 http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/?p=2263 ]]> Introduction

Blogs

Google Applications

Wikis Wikis are collaborative tools and are similar to websites.  Wikisare accessed on the web so internet users can view or edit content such as text, images, videos or discussion questions.  In some wiki products, owners are able to track and record all additions on a separate history page (Wikispaces, 2010).  According to Parker and Chao (2007), “a wiki is a web communication and collaboration tool that can be used to engage students in learning with others within a collaborative environment”. Wikis are excellent tools for online group projects and display numerous pages within one wiki site.  Therefore, individual class members, teams or outside participants are potential collaborators on a single wiki site.  Each participant is able to change an assigned wiki page or pages.  As a result, “A geographically dispersed project team can use a wiki as a way of keeping in touch, sharing ideas and developing the project” (Parker & Chao, 2007).  To visit a collaborative online project and view participant information, access the award winning wiki, Greetings from around the world.
 
Numerous products are available to create wikis.  A product called Wikispaces is used by institutions such as Columbia University, William & Mary, Georgetown and Arizona State University.  To learn how to create a wiki, see the Wikispaces video.

To read more about wikis in education, visit Wikis as a Teaching Tool by Parker and Chao (2007) or Wide open spaces: Wikis, ready or not by Lamb (2004).   

 

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Google Applications http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/google-applications/ http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/google-applications/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:29:07 +0000 http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/?p=2260 ]]> Introduction

Blogs

Google Applications

Wikis Google applications are free products available to Google e-mail (g-mail) users. Using g-mail, individuals are able to access collaborative word processing software using a feature called “documents” or “Google Docs”.Google documents are designed for creating presentations and spreadsheets as well. 

Another application, “Google Sites” is available to create individual web pages and collaborative websites.

Google Docs and Google Sites provide an online shared space for “peer review”, communication, written assignments, and cultivate a “collaborative teaching and learning environment” (Educause 2008). Educators are combining Google documents and Google Sites to develop online writing portfolios (Cavender, 2012). Student essays or research papers are transformed by placing the associated text onto Google Site web pages.

Google applications are set to “private” or are shared as “public” on the web by changing the default settings.

Public applications are accessed using a link (URL address) and are usually updated by numerous editors. Each person with edit authority is able to modify the associated document, spreadsheet or presentation. Students are able to insert these items onto web pages using Google Sites. Multimedia such as pictures, You Tube videos and maps are also inserted onto the web pages. Using a web browser and a link, Google websites are visible to class members or outside participants for review. This is ideal for team projects and presentations. To learn more about Google Applications, visit 7 Things You Should Know About Google Apps.
 

 

 

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Blogs http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/blogs/ http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/blogs/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:19:14 +0000 http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/?p=2255 ]]> Introduction

Blogs

Google Applications

Wikis

  Blogs are online journals and contain an area for instructors or student to post information and add comments. Information on a blog is entered sequentially and older posts are maintained chronologically as new information is added. Numerous vendors supply blogging software. Two free blogging platforms are WordPress (www.wordpress.com) and Blogger (www.blogger.com). Blogger is a Google product and requires a g-mail account (Google e-mail) to access the software. WordPress is a multifaceted product and supports blogs designed for educators called “edublogs“.

Blogs are used by educators at colleges and universities for various reasons. Blogs are suitable for posting written work (Educause, 2005), class discussions and digital research (Mclurken & Meloni, 2010). Stanford University established a cross-cultural blog to post student discussions and assignments about intercultural issues. Blogs are also used for reflective exercises (Dunlap & Stevens).

Once an assignment is published on a blog, other students and/or the instructor(s) are able view the content and post feedback using the comment option. For more ideas about using blogs for educational purposes, open the University of Colorado handbook or read 7 Things You Should Know About Blogs.

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Trade Additional Readings http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/trade-additional-readings/ http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/trade-additional-readings/#comments Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:11:33 +0000 http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/?p=2237 ]]> 1) World Trade Organization (WTO):  http://www.wto.org/  

2) United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD): http://www.unctad.org/Templates/StartPage.asp?intItemID=2068

3) The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):  http://www.fas.usda.gov/info/factsheets/NAFTA.asp

4)  South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC):  http://www.saarc-sec.org/main.php

5)  The European Union (EU):  http://europa.eu/abc/index_en.htm

6)  Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC): http://www.apec.org/

7)  International Chamber of Commerce (ICC): The World Business Organization: http://www.iccwbo.org/

8)  KOF Index of Globalization: http://globalization.kof.ethz.ch/

 

Buy the World Development Indicators (WDI) CD-ROM from the World Bank.  This CD contains data on exports, imports, GDP, and other macroeconomic variables for almost all nations of the world.  It includes time-series data ranging from 1960 to 2007.  Visit the following link for details: http://publications.worldbank.org/WDI/

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Trade Recommended Readings http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/trade-recommended-readings/ http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/trade-recommended-readings/#comments Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:10:02 +0000 http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/?p=2234 ]]> Husted, S., and Melvin, M., (2009). International Economics, 8th Edition, Addison-Wesley.

Gerber, J. International Economics, 5th Edition, Addison-Wesley.

Caves, R.E., Frankel, J.A., and Jones, R.W. (2007). World Trade and Payments: An Introduction, 10th Edition, Pearson-Addison-Wesley.

Yarbrough, B.V., and Yarbrough, R.M. The World Economy: International Trade, 7th Edition, Thomson-South-Western.

Mankiw, N.G. (2008). Interdependence and the Gains from Trade. Principles of Microeconomics, 5th Edition, South-Western Cengage Learning.

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Trade Lesson 6 Module Conclusion http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/trade-lesson-6-module-conclusion/ http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/trade-lesson-6-module-conclusion/#comments Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:08:41 +0000 http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/?p=2232 ]]> Time: 10 minutes
Skills: n/a
Objective 1-6
Related Resources: n/a

What were the key lessons you learned from the module? What was missing? How does your own cultural perspective influence your opinions on trade?

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Trade Lesson 6 Ethical Issues Activity on Sugar Prices http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/trade-lesson-6-ethical-issues-activity-on-sugar-prices/ http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/trade-lesson-6-ethical-issues-activity-on-sugar-prices/#comments Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:05:42 +0000 http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/?p=2228 ]]> Time: 60 minutes
Skills: Holistic Thinking and Cross-Cultural Communications
Objective 5
Related Resources:
- Global Sugar Trade. (2007, February 7).Globalization101. Retrieved from: http://www.globalization101.org/global-sugar-trade-2/

“Since 1953 there have been various attempts to raise and stabilise world sugar prices through international agreement. The latest agreement in 1977, established export quotas for its parties and intervention stocks in order to withdraw sugar from the market when prices were low. Like most of the previous ones, this agreement ended in failure. This failure was due in part to the fact that the European Union – one of the largest exporters – refused to sign the agreement. The agreement expired in 1984 and no further agreement on price-stabilising measures has been achieved.” http://ec.europa.eu/world/agreements/prepareCreateTreatiesWorkspace/treatiesGeneralData.do?step=0&redirect=true&treatyId=542 

Divide the class into groups: U.S., Europe, Brazil, African Sugar Exporters. Each group will need to research the sugar industry in their country/region, taking into consideration the corporations, farmers, refiners, and other domestic interest groups. Each group will write a 2 page position paper on what the country/region wants in an international sugar agreement, covering these five issues: market access, export quoats, import quotas, domestic subsidies, and tariffs.

In class, all four groups will meet and negotiate a position paper that outlines the new sugar agreement, covering all five major issues.  If a comprehensive agreement cannot be reached, other options can be considered. Students must think creatively to develop these alternatives.

After the negotiations, each student should write a one-page reflection comparing and contrasting their own group’s position to that of another group.

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Trade Lesson 6 Essay Assignment http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/trade-lesson-6-essay-assignment/ http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/trade-lesson-6-essay-assignment/#comments Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:02:35 +0000 http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/?p=2226 ]]> Time: n/a
Skills: Holistic Thinking
Objective 6
Related Resources:
- Krugman, P.R., and Obstfeld, M. (2008). The Political Economy of Trade Policy. In International Economics: Theory & Policy, 8th Edition, Pearson-Addison-Wesley. (pp 212-249). Boston: Pearson.
- Krugman, P.R., and Obstfeld, M. (2008). Trade Policy in Developing Countries. In International Economics: Theory & Policy, 8th Edition, Pearson-Addison-Wesley. (pp 250-265). Boston: Pearson.
- PowerPoint Presentation Global Trade Lesson 6.pptx

You need to select any one of the three international policy issues, as introduced in  Lesson 6.  You need to do further research on your selected topic and write your essay. The essay can be arranged in the following order: 

  • Title,  your name, affiliation, and abstract
  • Introduction
  • Literature Review
  • Defining the issues
  • Information/Data and Arguments
  • Findings of the paper
  • Conclusion

 The essay should not exceed 2000 words (12point 1.5 space).

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Trade Lesson 6 PowerPoint Presentation http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/trade-lesson-6-powerpoint-presentation/ http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/trade-lesson-6-powerpoint-presentation/#comments Fri, 19 Oct 2012 18:59:37 +0000 http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/?p=2224 ]]> Time: 60 minutes
Skills: Holistic Thinking
Objective 6
Related Resources:
- Krugman, P.R., and Obstfeld, M. (2008). The Political Economy of Trade Policy. In International Economics: Theory & Policy, 8th Edition, Pearson-Addison-Wesley. (pp 212-249). Boston: Pearson. 
- Krugman, P.R., and Obstfeld, M. (2008). Trade Policy in Developing Countries. In International Economics: Theory & Policy, 8th Edition, Pearson-Addison-Wesley. (pp 250-265). Boston: Pearson.
The PowerPoint Presentation Global Trade Lesson 6.pptx

Present the PowerPoint presentation. Questions are embedded in the slides. Use the glossary to define any unknown terms.

Read the relevant chapters in the recommended texts and look for online data for the latest figures of global trade.

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Trade Lesson 6 Introduction http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/trade-lesson-6-introduction/ http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/trade-lesson-6-introduction/#comments Fri, 19 Oct 2012 18:55:36 +0000 http://www.global-workforce.globalization101.org/?p=2219 ]]> Time: 5 minutes
Skills: Holistic Thinking
Objective 6
Related Resources: n/a

Why do some countries want to open up their markets to free trade and others, not?

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