Global Engagement > Partnerships > Programs for Partner Institutions > From-city-to-neighborhood

Project Summary: 

  • This virtual exchange project involved three different phases – sharing a photo a day on Instagram showcasing what their daily lives look like, applying advertising skills in neighborhood branding by promoting a Chicago neighborhood successfully across cultures, and developing a narrative to explain how they would brand a similar neighborhood in Amsterdam. A synchronous Zoom meeting was used to discuss the project in more detail, and students used WhatsApp, Zoom or Skype, and Google Docs to communicate throughout the project. The students presented their ideas in class and submitted their promotional ads on D2L.  In the reflection stage, groups were asked to contemplate what they learned about the other country, the higher education system in a different culture, and how this project helped them develop stronger skills for their industry.

Project Length: 

  • 4 Weeks

Technology Tools Used: 

  •  D2L (DePaul only)
  • Whatsapp
  • FaceTime, Skype, Zoom
  • E-mail
  • Google Docs
  • Dropbox

Communication Type/ Interaction Mode :

  • Synchronous 
  • Asynchronous

Learning Outcomes : 

  • Respect for and learning from the perspectives of others different from themselves.
  • Knowledge of global interconnectedness and interdependencies.
  • Knowledge to become a steward of global resources for a sustainable future.

Reflection Component : 

  • Final reflection paper, comparing students’ first impressions and cultural stereotypes (posed as initial reflection questions during week 1) with the experience of collaborating in an international team (some of the reflection topics included: communication, time orientation, leadership, decision making styles, giving and receiving feedback, and building trust).

Empathy Building Component :

  • “A photo-a-day” activity (exchange of visuals, picture or video, followed up by a conversation about students’ daily lives and cultural contexts).

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