Collaboration in Virtual Space 



The reason for this summary of former collaborative projects is that even ancient projects may help to encourage and inspire some new projects in this age of cell phones and zoom, an age in which collaborating in virtual space has become so much easier. And the new teams of collaborators may be able to learn from all the mistakes that were made by the older experiments.
To be clear from the outset: ›Virtual‹ space was not seen as the best leanrning space but only as the best practical way to realize some aspects of the teaching processs. For all participants the actual concrete meetings at workshops at the partcipating US campuses by the US students and joint visits of theater performances in New York City as well as meeting the guests in person on campus instead of seeing them only on the videoconference screen were always the highlights of the semester.

But the benefits should also not to be overlooked: they included besides pedagogical also very practical aspects:
* CIVS allows college and university departments to expand their programs (especially important for smaller programs) and offer new courses in conjunction with colleagues in other institutions.
* CIVS can bring new perspectives to courses through inter-instittional and international collaboration.
* CIVS makes it possible to have guest lecturers, discussions with artists and authors, as well as experience the production and the performance of plays – even with a small or no additional budget.
* CIVS can bring playwrights, actors and theater directors together with scholars in discussing their different approaches to a play and thereby enhance the students appreciation of the play.
* The limits of CIVS depends solely on the creativity of its users.






Participating Institutions and Faculty (in alphabetical order of location)
Includes institutions and faculty of early (experimental) CIVS projects

Berlin, Germany
* Berliner Ensemble
 • Hermann Wündrich
Binghamton, NY, USA
* Binghamton University
 • Rosmarie Morewedge
 • Harald Zils
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
* Indiana University Bloomington
 • Catherine C. Fraser
 • Nadja Kramer
 • Breon Mitchell
Easton, Pennsylvania, USA
* Lafayette College
 • Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
* Albert-Ludwigs-Universität
 • Nathalie Jacoby
Helmut Roessler
 • Sandra Schöll
* Angell Gymnasium
 • Gisela Bärbel Schmid
* Theater Freiburg
 • Uwe Möller
 • Stephan Rottkamp
 • Angelika Weiß
* Volkshochschule Freiburg
 • Ursula Elsner
 • Reinhold Voß
Hamburg, Germany
* Thalia Theater
 • John von Düffel
Hamilton, New York, USA
* Colgate University
 • D. O. Hoffmann
Middletown, Connecticut, USA
* Wesleyan University
 • Leo Lensing
New York, NY, USA
* City University
 • Gloria Fisk
Norton Massachusetts, USA
* Wheaton College
 • Reinhard Mayer
Paderborn, Germany
* Universität Paderborn
 • Bernhard Doppler
Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
* Vassar College
 • Silke von der Emde and Jeffrey Schneider
Pretoria, South Africa
* University of Pretoria
 • Stephan Mühr
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
* Brown University
 • Catherine C. Fraser
 • Dietrich Neumann

Participating artists, businessmen, composers, dressage riders, novelists, poets, scholarly experts for specific topics under discussion
Includes guests of early experimental CIVS projects.
* Ralf Bönt
* Thomas Brussig
* Mary Ann Calo
* Violeta Dinescu
* Joseph Diermaier
* John von Düffel
* Hans Magnus Enzensberger
* Valie Export
* Robert Goldmann
* Martin Grzimek
* Jan-Erik Gürth
* Gisela Hemau
* Andrea Heyde
* Pia Janke
* Elfriede Jelinek
* Rachel Kitzinger
* Benjamin Lebert
* Mary Kay Lombino
* Milena Moser
* Sten Nadolny
* Josef Neckermann
* Norbert Oellers
* Neva Pilgrim
* Uwe Timm
* Bernhard Schlink
* Ingo Schulze
* Greg Steinmetz
* Karel Trinkewitz (additional short biography)
* Suzanne Westfall



Tools for Collaboration




Technical Support




Supporting Organizations and Private Sponsors

NITLE (National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education)

VGC (Virtual German Collaborative)

CET (Center for Educational Technology at Middlebury College)

CLAC (Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum)

Mellon Foundation

Max Kade Foundation

Institutional and Private Support