Grant Will Fund Online International Course on Global Wine Production and Marketing at SUNY Cobleskill

March 8, 2013

SUNY Cobleskill’s Dr. Diane Dobry, Director of Communications and Marketing, has received a Nodal Network Faculty Grant from SUNY’s Center for Online International Learning (COIL) to create an online international class in Global Wine and Marketing.


Dr. Jason Evans, Assistant Professor in Agriculture and Natural Resources at SUNY Cobleskill and Dr. Ferenc Baglyas, Professor of Viticulture at Kecskemet College in Hungary, where Dr. Dobry taught language and communication for the past year, will also collaborate on this academic initiative, which will expand learning opportunities and international connections for Cobleskill students.


A boutique one-credit class of Evans’ students will be taught by Dobry at SUNY Cobleskill and will work online with a similar class taught by Baglyas in Hungary.  Lessons for both classes will be designed using both synchronous and asynchronous online lectures, videos and demonstrations, as well as the opportunity for students from both sides of the Atlantic to communicate, collaborate and discuss the course content. 


Professor Evans noted that such a one-credit course could provide a valuable opportunity for students in Agricultural Business, Culinary Arts, Plant Science and Food Systems to learn the management and marketing challenges and opportunities unique to the wine industry.  “This is a quickly growing arena within New York State that will undoubtedly yield employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for our graduates,” he added.  “The opportunity to collaborate with international entities on curriculum delivery will only enhance the learning experience and we hope that this will be the first of many similar courses on this campus.”


“With my experiences of working in Hungary in both the wine industry and in an academic setting, I saw a wonderful possibility and desire for collaboration between my colleagues and me here at SUNY Cobleskill and my former colleagues at Kecskemet College,” Dobry said.  “I am thrilled to work with Professor Evans in creating this class with my former colleague in Hungary.”  Through her company, Kristof Wines, Inc., Dobry imported Hungarian wines to the U.S. from 2006 to 2009. 


Dr. Susan Jagendorf, the Executive Director of International Education at SUNY Cobleskill, noted that COIL courses on campus will support the College’s strategic initiative to promote cultural competence while offering a cost-effective, innovative tool for internationalizing the curriculum.


 “COIL also provides an avenue for cross-cultural exploration when physical travel is not an immediate option,” Jagendorf said. “In addition, using technology to reach across cultures can add a new perspective to traditional courses, enliven academic programs, whet students’ appetites to learn about other communities and at the same time provide professional development opportunities for faculty.”


As a grantee, Dobry will also attend the 5th COIL Conference in April in New York City.  The conference brings together faculty, international programs staff, instructional technology staff, and university and college administrators from SUNY, across the U.S. and around the world to share experiences and innovative Globally Networked Learning models and best practices.

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