East China University of Political Science and Law in Songjiang is making its classroom a global stage for academic learning and exchange after it introduced an international live video class recently.
During the course of International Finance Law, Associate Professor Guo Huachun invited Professor Charles Proctor, expert and a partner of Fladgate Law Firm in London, to give a lesson on international banking.
He presented a vivid lesson to students by expanding the theory with plenty of cases and answered many questions from the students.
The students responded well. In the subsequent classes, Guo would also invite other professionals from law firms, International Monetary Fund and University of Cambridge to give altogether 20 hours of lessons.
It has been a long process to set up such a session for the course. There is the time difference and students need to be quite competent in understanding English.
“It was indeed quite difficult for me to catch up in the beginning,” said a student surnamed Wang. “I spent a lot of time going through the class materials.” Meanwhile most students found it worthy to take such a class, as “face-to-face” interaction in the class did help them to understand better.
Guo has been leading this kind of interactive teaching reform. He spent five years planning and finally carrying out such lesson-giving pattern under support from the university.
“It is a demand from our major for students to think globally and they need to improve their knowledge as well as language skills,” said Guo.
Guo and the university plan to further improve the new teaching model in future.