Intervening online in international exchange programs
Wednesday, June 29 11:35-11:55 AM
Recent studies of international exchange programs suggest that interventions may be needed to realize their potential. This presentation centers on a fully-online course that has been developed to deepen the language and intercultural learning of international exchange students. Through guided, critical reflection, ‘Intercultural communication and engagement abroad’ propels the participants towards higher levels of intercultural competence and involvement in the host environment. As well as digesting readings, powerpoint presentations, and YouTube links, the students conduct fieldwork, exchange ideas online, and write reflective essays. The hypermedia Forum encourages them to examine their international experience in relation to current notions of acculturation, intercultural competence, and identity reconstruction. After providing an overview of the course, the session reviews the lessons learned from a recent offering and offers suggestions to enhance online teaching and learning.