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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
- D2L (DePaul only)
- FaceTime, Skype, Zoom
- Google Docs
Communication Type/ Interaction Mode :
for and learning from the perspectives of others different from themselves.
of global interconnectedness and interdependencies.
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).