Connecting Classrooms: ‘Virtual Exchange’ as an innovative opportunity for students’ international online collaboration
Modern Languages Research Seminar
In this talk, Connecting Classrooms: ‘Virtual Exchange’ as an innovative opportunity for students’ international online collaboration, Dr. Alicia Laspra-Rodríguez discusses how the American Council of Education pioneered an ambitious internationalization programme intended to promote global learning and students’ collaboration with diverse teams.
- From: Monday 23 April 2018, 1 pm
- To: Monday 23 April 2018, 2 pm
- Location: Mary Ann Evans, Room 101. Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Lane, Nottingham NG11 8NS,
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Since 2014 the collaborative experience of faculty members at Glenville State College in West Virginia and at the University of Oviedo in Spain, demonstrates that using technology to connect students in two countries can be an effective, affordable, and scalable way to deliver skillful collaboration. The faculty members who pioneered this approach at the two institutions, and who continue to work together, are sharing their experiences. They are developing a joint syllabus, designing assignments for U.S. and Spanish students, navigating cultural differences, assessing outcomes, and developing strengths as a globally engaged faculty. Many institutions now use COIL courses to complement their education abroad programs—by embedding a travel experience within the COIL course, or using the COIL model to strengthen language skills, cultural competencies, and familiarity with the target country. As the person in charge of this internationalization programme in the University of Oviedo,
Dr. Alicia will explain the different activities jointly carried out by GSC students and my own. Some of the video-recordings made by the students themselves as part of their collaborative work, as well as some of their online shared activities will be presented to illustrate the value of Virtual Exchange.
Parking is available for external visitors on the Clifton Campus. Please arrive via the main entrance where you will be directed by the gate staff.