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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:

  • Students created a project plan utilizing project management software.
  • Students worked collaboratively on a post-production sound project utilizing cloud based file-sharing software.
  • Students came to a consensus in terms of problem solving using synchronous and asynchronous approaches.
  • Students created a series of accountability strategies.
  • Students received and gave respectful criticism from and to international collaborators.
  • Students understood the importance of social skills with long distance collaboration.
  • Students learned flexibility in terms of workflows and timelines.
  • Students understood certain behaviors will be detrimental to the post-production process.

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Robert Steel

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

Kenny McAlpine

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

Partner institutions:

DePaul University
Chicago, IL, United States

Abertay University
Dundee, Scotland


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