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Due to the war, the nation-state was struggling.  One of the initiatives this project undertook was creating and building online communities where educators could find quality resources and meet each other.  The Global Learning Portal is not only a library but establishes a community and network of higher education professionals.  It has an online library, discussion boards, social network tools and information about a variety of programs.  This portal encourages for feedback and critique from fellow peers and different instructors accessing the portal.  Discussion boards also allow similar professionals to have access to different thoughts, different communities, and overall strengthens collaboration.  Without being able to meet, faculty members from different universities who would never have the opportunity to meet can now interact with one another in this unique and professional community.

This type of technology and exchange of thoughts and ideas through technology allows instructors isolated within the mountains in Afghanistan have access to a plethora of information and can improve the quality of their instruction as well as build upon personal knowledge.

While this video does not teach a certain science concept or math formula, it emphasizes the importance of the Internet as a tool to collaborate with other teachers.  The importance for instructors to share and network with other educators around the world are imperative in this fast-paced society and globalizing world.  By learning from others, we can improve and fine-tune the quality of instruction in our schools and communities.  The art of education is constant change and always the mentality of life-long learning.  With education changing, curriculum instruction evolving, the use of the Internet and networking to communicate, share, provide feedback, critique, and collaborate are small steps for educators to connect and feel like a part of a community in the larger context of this world.

http://www.glp.net/blog/afghanistan-higher-education-project-portal-05-31-2011

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