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Experiencing Asia: Cultural Exchange in a Global World

Project summary:

  • Students from DePaul University interacted, bonded and connected with peers in Symbiosis University via self-introduction posted to a closed Google Blogger site, followed by course content linked blog prompts.
    Further, remote lectures and in-person class session with partner faculty members during her visit to DPU provided student complementary content expertise. Student also worked with Sulakshana Sen to create country specific presentations. Student produced online asynchronous blogs, prompted by joint learning objectives and shared readings. These allowed for collective student reflection of core concepts in contemporary context.
    Student from both universities also conducted joint research projects and presented the results. These results based projects provided tangible outcomes of student interactions, cross-cultural competence, and added to the collective student learning and reflection on the GLE experiences. Students from both university commented on each other’s work via peer feedback activities embedded in blog assignments and research projects.

Project length:

  • 8 weeks

Technology tools used:

  • Zoom, Gloogle Blogger, Prezi

Interaction Mode:

  • Synchronous
  • Asynchronous

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify and characterize political system in East and South Asia
  • Compare patterns of colonial experience and post colonial nationalist movements
  • Trace historical origins of contemporary foreign policy behavior
  • Improve discussion and presentation skills in a cross-culturally competent manner
  • Learn cross-cultural research teach building , project design and implementation skills

Reflection Component:

  • Informal focus groups.

Kathryn Ibata-Arens

Kathryn Ibata-Arens

Institution: DePaul University
Discipline: Global Asian Studies, Political Science
Course name: Asian Politics.

Sulakshana Sen

Sulakshana Sen

Institution: Symbiosis International University
Discipline: International Relations
Course name: Introduction to International Relations.

Partner institutions:

DePaul University
Chicago, IL, United States


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