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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December 17, 2014

Oil Price Drops: Geopolitics Pops!

Let’s get rude with the crude! What’s up with dropping oil prices world wide? Like the Titanic, they are going down my friends, and that has titanic geopolitical consequences for a whole lot of countries. The Professor points out the winners (USA! USA! USA!) and...

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November 18, 2014

The 43: Muchos Muerto in Mexico

What is up with the 43? The 43 kidnapped (and likely assassinated) students sparked a nation-wide protest in Mexico, a protest now spilling into the USA‚Ķand is symptomatic of a huge drug problem that ain’t going away. Get the Professor lowdown on this specific...

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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...