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HP LIFE --- Working with Others, Near and Far

Posted By Karen-Michelle Mirko, Sunday, January 12, 2014

By Darcie L. Tumey            

The HP LIFE modules aid individuals with learning and applying the different business concepts that are needed to start and maintain a business.  As individuals work through each topic, one segment is posting a comment in the course discussion.  The course discussion facilitates conversations with individuals who are located from throughout the world.  The only separation is by an individual’s selected language within HP LIFE (English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Arabic).  Not to mention, once an individual completes the module, the HP LIFE Community continues the discussion by having a Business and Other forums available for individuals to continue their dialogue and/or post questions.  These options facilitate people to meet and relate with individuals from throughout the world who are also starting businesses. 

In today’s global market and academic classrooms, it can be difficult to bring a global perspective into the classroom.  Through HP LIFE, it brings the "global perspective” to a personal and individual level, the student level.  This interaction illustrates to students that individuals inside their community, and outside, are all facing similar business situations.  For example two individuals may both be opening a coffee shop, however, they could possibly be located on different continents, but are facing similar situations from hiring staff to purchasing coffee beans.  This forum provides an equal playing field while exposing the students to individuals with different backgrounds who have similar interests.            


As a result, as academic institutions seek resources that facilitate a global perspective, HP LIFE has provided that option.  This format provides participants with an incredible opportunity to work with others, from throughout the world.  While at the same time, facilitating rich dialogue within the classroom to discuss diversity, different operational strategies, and gaining an understanding about the different skills needed to own and operate a business. 

Darcie L. Tumey is currently an instructor at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC in Business Administration.  Previously she was Division Director of Vocational & Public Services Technology at Roanoke-Chowan Community College.  Ms. Tumey has worked in the educational field for over eight years and is currently a doctoral student at East Carolina University and studying Professional Development of Faculty who works at Community Colleges. 

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