ABC 7 News’ Liz Lupo went to Kumamoto, Japan to find out how the Japanese community is coping with the recent earthquakes, tsunamis, and tsunami. She also spoke with Deborah Lombardi, the author of What’s Happening with the International Student Experience.
Why Do International Students Hate Online Learning? Lombardi
Social networks like Facebook are a breeding ground for racism and harassment, and ultimately this is what bothers international students about campus as they grow accustomed to it. Eduardo Lombardi of the Josephson Institute for Ethics and Innovation explains why.
Lombardi won a $125,000 prize in April for his idea to create a radical new online learning platform. The marketplace for educational materials would be open to anyone who offers content for download and those interested can use a “skip ahead” mode to take advantage of material that is currently being taught.
“What I have is a new economics,” said Lombardi, “that extends the insights of blogging and Facebook. I talk about innovation and technology to support the education system.”
Speaking at the Oct. 17 GP Conference in Chicago, Lombardi described the role of citizenship in making sense of globalization, and talked about his experience of launching a new system that meets the needs of the modern age.
Overall, Lombardi cited school climate as his “most significant challenge.”
“I live in a world, the Hispanic experience, of being a young adult,” he said.
“The dropout rate, especially for Hispanics, is really very high. I lost a lot of friends and it stung me a lot. People say to me, ‘you can choose to learn English.’ That’s true but if you don’t choose to learn English, you are simply at home. We’re not going to change anything. In fact, we’re just going to watch the students continue to learn English.”
Lombardi said that he has seen the privilege and the pain of learning. He offered several anecdotes about studying abroad and the difficulty in bringing home “abandoned books.”
“What I remember,” he said, “is that it was difficult for me to put books back in the boxes. There’s no one there to help you. I decided to ask my brother. He comes from a town in Mexico. He is of a different race and also different body type. He did the best for us.”
The Josephson Institute of Ethics recognized a proposal for a free marketplace of educational materials by Eduardo Lombardi, director of the Josephson Institute for Ethics and Innovation.
He recalled that his mother described the situation facing others studying abroad, “I know what it’s like when you want to study and go abroad,” he said. “You want to study English but your family doesn’t speak English. They don’t understand why you need English books and you want to study English. They don’t want to talk about it. They don’t want to deal with it.
Lombardi recalled a conversation with his mother, when she reminded him that he had asked her when he would be able to study English. His mother responded, “You were a sophomore, you had four years.”
Lombardi described his mom and father sending him and his brothers to Mexico City to live with an aunt and uncle. His dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer in May 2016. He said that he lost his father about a month later.
“We take this problem very seriously at the Josephson Institute,” said Lombardi, “because we have 10,000 students here on campus. The idea for the marketplace comes from our students themselves.”
The concept for “Skip Ahead” is simple. An international student could seek a grade-amplifying resource he/she would not otherwise find, through the marketplace. After a certain period of time, information on that resource would be at the student’s fingertips for access and learning.
Lombardi said, “There are textbooks and materials that don’t exist today. We have to invest in new content. To keep up, we need platforms to democratize content and facilitate the movement of knowledge.”
Students are the product that society values, and they deserve to learn. Even if it takes the insertion of technology to provide the tools necessary to let students freely access high-quality learning content.