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IAUNRC Video Conferencing Reaches 4,000 Students, Expands its Offerings

In the summer of 2009, the IAUNRC began working with the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) and offering programs through video conferencing as part of its broader outreach efforts. Since then video conferencing has grown into one of the major components of the IAUNRC’s work to distribute information about the Central Eurasian region.

The IAUNRC was awarded a CILC Honorable Mention Pinnacle Award for 2010-2011 for its excellence in interactive video programming. Other nominees for 2010-2011 included such prominent national and regional organizations as NASA’s Digital Learning Network, the National World War II Museum, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and the Professional Football Hall of Fame.

The unique resources of the IAUNRC enable it to offer rich, interactive video programming on topics related to Central Eurasia. Schools across the U.S. in particular have used this opportunity to draw on the IAUNRC to supplement and enrich their school curricula. Video conferencing programs include the history of the Silk Road, Central Asian architecture, the Soviet space program and Central Eurasia, the Aral Sea ecological disaster, music of the Silk Road, science and technology along the Silk Road, and the real life locations of the best-selling book, Three Cups of Tea.

From 2009 to the present, the IAUNRC has reached over 4,000 students and 319 teachers in more than 150 schools in 29 states across the U.S. and in Alberta, Canada.

This year the IAUNRC is pleased to further enrich its offerings by adding three new programs. In addition to the usual selection of topics, educators may now choose from programs on human rights in Central Asia, the Roma and human rights in Turkey, and an introduction to resources for high school students wanting to learn less commonly taught languages. The IAUNRC looks forward to continuing to expand its offerings and to continue to be the leading provider of videoconferencing and interactive materials on the Central Eurasian region. 

For more information about CILC and the IAUNRC’s videoconference offerings, please visit the Center’s outreach website and its programs on CILC.