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.
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.
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.