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From Los Angeles to rural Newfoundland

World-class lectures can be delivered from anywhere

By Heidi Wicks

Newfoundland weather prevents flights from flying, cars from driving, and schools from schooling. And while snow can postpone, it doesn’t have to prevent an event.

As part of this year’s International Development Week in February, Hugh Evans (founder and director of The Global Poverty Project) was scheduled to deliver his world-famous, world-class presentation, 1.4 Billion Reasons, to a general public audience at Memorial University’s Bruneau Centre.

The presentation highlights through slides, video, and gripping dialogue, how alarming extreme poverty is and how our words, education, purchases and donations can be connected to ending it. Mr. Evans discusses how small actions in our lives can create big opportunities for the world’s poorest, and links audience members with leading organizations so that each and every person can take action to end extreme poverty.

Thanks to a very collaborative effort between Memorial’s International Centre, Distance Education, Learning and Teaching Support (DELTS), the Division of Marketing and Communications and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation (CDLI), the presentation has been rescheduled for May 2, and will be delivered via Elluminate Live – a virtual environment optimized for learners, whether there are two learners or 200, enabling communication, collaboration and education that transforms teaching and learning. Elluminate Live is available for use through DELTS.

Rather than a public event, high school students will be encouraged to engage in the presentation, as it directly addresses topics discussed in social studies, world geography, environmental science and ethics courses.

“Hugh will be speaking from L.A., but the audience can be located from anywhere, really,” said Denise Carew, an instructional designer at DELTS, and an Elluminate Live facilitator. “From the participant’s point of view, they can ask question just as they would if Hugh was in the same room as them.”

Ms. Carew added that there is no complicated equipment needed to operate the session, and it can be installed on any computer.

“Once the coordination takes place and the participants have gone through the quick tutorial, eLive allows things to happen quickly, so even though he isn’t physically in the room, we are able to simulate his presence,” she said.
“Essentially, the technology allows the message to reach far beyond the walls of just one lecture theatre on one university campus.”

And in order to inspire global change, broad reach and impact is crucial.
For more information on Hugh Evans and the Make Poverty History campaign, visit: http://www.globalpovertyproject.com/

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