Cross-cultural classroom conversation online: Preparing students for global citizenry
Abstract: Preparing students for participation in an increasingly globalized world is important on campuses across geographic and cultural borders. Administrators, professors, and particularly those involved in teacher education, tend to emphasize a global-based approach to curriculum by encouraging students to study abroad or by developing courses designed to increase cultural awareness. However, practitioners face numerous challenges when attempting to internationalize learners. This paper describes a relatively easy “first step” toward globalizing a curriculum, one that involves online partnering. In doing so, this paper suggests that allowing students to engage in casual conversation with their contemporaries overseas provides opportunities for populations to collide, collaborate, converse, and create community. The major challenges faced as well as the primary lessons learned when providing opportunities for cross-cultural classroom conversation are discussed.