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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October 29, 2014

Kurdish Conundrum

100 Iraqi Kurdish fighters are flying into Turkey today to cross the border into Syria in order to help out some Syrian Kurds who are defending the town of Kobane from ISIS….but Turkey ain’t none too happy about this. Say what? Why would Turkey not want to help...

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October 13, 2014

Ebola: World War E?

Ebola! Yikes! Is it the most lethal virus the world has ever seen that might wipe out the human species, much like a Zombie moive? Not likely. But the Professor goes long form in this podcast to point out the geography, history, and true danger potential of this virus...

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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...