As part of the Korea Foundation’s global e-school initiative, the BTAA e-School consortium, leverages the existing distance learning framework of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) to establish a program of high quality instruction in Korean Studies.
The structure of the BTAA e-School is based on the key notion that each course is taught as a cluster composed of a host campus, where the course is being physically taught, and home campus(es) where the classroom exists virtually. The variety of courses offered in any given year will be based on the existing courses offered by the BTAA partner universities.
The BTAA e-School features a variety of instructional assistance, administrative support, and grants, through which existing Korean Studies faculty members are incentivized to make course curricula available outside of their home campus and develop new courses.
The BTAA Korean Studies e-School is composed of a director supported by an administrator based at the University of Michigan Nam Center for Korean Studies and assisted by faculty liaisons from other participating universities. Dr. Youngju Ryu, the director of the Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan, serves as the director of the BTAA Korean Studies e-School.
The BTAA e-School consortium proposes to become a leader in the development of Korean Studies and make the Midwest a new magnet for scholarship on Korea.