Issue 5
Monday, 06 July 2020
Charles Darwin University
E-news
CDU Associate Professor George Frazis is conducting virtual study tours to Greece
CDU Associate Professor George Frazis is conducting virtual study tours to Greece

COVID-19 no barrier to CDU country tours

By Monique Paschke

When CDU Associate Professor George Frazis learned he could no longer stage his annual study trip to Greece, he saw a set-back as an opportunity.

Rather than cancel the study unit, Dr Frazis converted to a virtual study tour, opening the experience up to CDU students as well as the wider community.

Offered through the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society, Dr Frazis takes on the role of virtual tour guide, using visual and audio cues, and the technology of Black Board Collaborate Ultra as well as zoom to bring the country and culture of Greece to life.

He said the study unit was taking participants on a journey through art, history, poetry and music. 

“When we decided to postpone the on-country study programs I thought that if we can’t go physically, what about virtually?’ Dr Frazis said.

“Under the current circumstances we must use the technology available to us and that gives us the opportunity to visit places we’d never normally go.”

Initially designed for CDU students, Dr Frazis said he immediately identified the potential for the study unit to be extended to the community. 

“I love the idea of opening up the university to the general public. We must be connected to the community we are surviving, and this is one way of helping to achieve that.”

So far, the virtual unit has taken people to Constantinople in 1204, Constantinople in 15th, 16th & 17th centuries. Upcoming virtual study trips include Smyrna in 1922 and learning about Greek actress, singer, politician and activist Melina Merkouri with emphasis on her struggle for the return of the Parthenon Murmbles to Greece.

To find out more about upcoming virtual study trips, including those that the general public can join E: george.frazis@cdu.edu.au