Professor John Boyer

My Life's Mission

My life mission: motivating, educating, and inspiring students to be fully engaged in the rapidly globalizing 21st century. In our increasingly connected and complex world, personal (and even our country's) success depends upon a global awareness and global engagement to meet the challenges of our time. Utilizing a variety of topics, technologies, and graphic mediums, I am absolutely passionate about providing the highest quality learning experience that will produce global citizens and leaders prepared to positively shape the future of the the US, and the world.

One man. One decade.  25,000 Students

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February 17, 2015

Putin Can’t Lose; Russia Can’t Win

After a year of almost non-stop chaos in eastern Ukraine, the Professor summarizes the major events of the Ukrainian unraveling in the last 11 months….but mostly as a backdrop to the actions of Vladimir Putin in this drama, and the potential long-term impacts that all...

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February 04, 2015

Saudi Shift to Salman #3: Potential Impacts

Holy House of Saud! The most revered and awesome King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia passed away on Jan 23, and has been replaced by new King Salman. In this 3-part podcast, the Professor chats about the old King, the new King, and the possible huge (but subtlety unfolding)...

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December 31, 2013

Boyer mash up from Semester at Sea fall 2013

Mashup of many videos produced during 4 months sailing around the Atlantic Ocean with Semester at Sea.

April 11, 2013

Kevin Rudd Skypes with John Boyer’s World Regions class

Former Prime Minister of Australia Skypes with John Boyer's World Regions class at Virginia Tech

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October 03, 2014

The democratisation of learning

The Economist

Mr Boyer developed his online teaching techniques as demand for his courses grew over the past 10-15 years. Beyond making it possible to teach extremely large classes, Mr Boyer says the benefits of using technology in a flipped classroom like his are much greater: he...