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International Collaborations through Sound Design

  • Project summary:

    • In the first iteration of this 4 week Global Learning Experience, students from a DePaul University’s Sound Design course partnered up with students from a Sound for Games course in Abertay University in Scotland with the goal of creating soundscapes of each other’s cities and learning from those collaborative experiences. Students in Chicago and Dundee created perceived versions of their partner city’s soundscapes, then exchanged them, received feedback from each other, re-recorded the soundscapes based on that feedback, and finally discussed various stereotypes that emerged in the process which allowed for a very rich intercultural exchange. Activities included dialogue editing, sound effects recording and editing, scoring, re-recording and delivery, and a final reflection assignment.
  • Project length:

    • 4 weeks
  • Technology tools used:

    • Skype, Dropbox, Facebook
  • Interaction Mode:

    • Synchronous
    • Asynchronous
  • Learning outcomes:

    • Create a project plan utilizing project management software.
    • Work collaboratively on a post-production sound project utilizing cloud based file-sharing software.
    • Lead to a consensus in terms of problem solving using synchronous and asynchronous approaches.
    • Create a series of accountability strategies.
    • Receive and give respectful criticism from and to international collaborators.
    • Understand the importance of social skills with long distance collaboration.
    • Be flexible in terms of workflows and timelines.
    • Understand that certain behaviors will be detrimental to the post-production process.

    Reflection Component:

    • Final reflection video.

    DePaul Newsline story:

    • Global Learning Experience Connects Classrooms Across the World.

Partner institutions:

  • Robert Steel

    Institution: DePaul University
    Discipline: Film & television
    Course name: Post-Production Sound Design

  • Kenny McAlpine

    InstitutionAbertay University
    Discipline: Creative Sound Production
    Course name: Synthesis & Sonic Art