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Mengyuan Zhao, Yue Ma, and Shuya Xu, Masters students at IU, teach kindergarten students from Florida a dance during a program about ‘Music and Festivals of China’.

Mengyuan Zhao, Yue Ma, and Shuya Xu, Masters students at IU, teach kindergarten students from Florida a dance during a program about ‘Music and Festivals of China’.

In 1995, ISIS was created jointly by the Office of International Programs and the School of Education’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching with the support of a two-year Content Providers’ start-up grant from the Corporation for Educational Communications. Using presenters from Indiana University’s many world area studies centers, this unique outreach program is realized by means of Vision Athena, an interactive video project of the non-profit Center for Interactive Learning & Collaboration. The continuation and expansion of ISIS through 1997-1999 was made possible with the combined support of an International Awareness Grant from the Indiana Humanities Council and IU’s Office of International Programs, world area studies centers (see Resources), and the CRLT. IU continues to support ISIS with funding, presenters, and staff.


“The students in our school have limited access to the outside world. I am pleased to have this type of free content to broaden my students’ vision of their world.” – Berry Elementary School, Alabama