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Cross-National Perspectives on Refugees Resettlement

Project Summary: 

  • In this comparative virtual exchange project, the professors, first, individually prepared their respective students on the structure of the virtual exchange project. Students were paired up and assigned readings and videos that discussed the experience of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) resettlement in Nigeria and the United States respectively. They were required to read the materials, watch the videos, and review the project page where all instructions for the project were given. Then students engaged in discussions and worked on their group projects. They participated actively and shared their perspectives on the prompts provided for the class, as well as other related issues. Students exchanged pictures and additional online-based, resources that further stimulated the discussions. At the end of the project, students combined their findings into joined PowerPoint presentations, highlighting the similarities and differences in policies and practices that characterize refugee resettlement in the U.S. and IDPs welfare in Nigeria, and jointly presented their projects during a final synchronous meeting.

Project Length: 

  • Six weeks

Technology tools used: 

  • WhatsApp
  • Google Slides
  • Zoom
  • D2L

Interaction mode:

  • Synchronous
  • Asynchronous

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Identify opportunities and challenges posed to humanitarian response and refugee resettlement in the U.S. and Nigeria.
  • List strategies for fostering cultural sensitivity and communicating effectively with people from different cultures.
  • Describe different approaches to responding to the growing refugee population in the US and Nigeria.

Reflection Component: 

  • Students completed a final reflection survey, as well as included their reflections in their final projects. 

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