Using Technology to Promote Intercultural Learning among Three Graduate Classes in Costa Rica and California
Abstract: We present an innovative model that we have designed to engage education graduate students, in Costa Rica and California, in intercultural learning. At the core of the model is a joint assignment involving three graduate classes in education that form teams to create virtual tours regarding their cultures and communities. The teams use wikis to analyze and reflect about these artifacts from the perspectives of three different university courses. Two of the courses are based at a California university, and concern (1) organizational culture and community engagement and (2) leadership in educational technology. A third course, based in Costa Rica, concerns the role of culture in teaching English as a Foreign Language. This presentation gives a brief overview of the theoretical context, describes the instructional design, presents highlights of student projects, and gives recommendations for faculty who may wish to conduct related international projects to promote intercultural learning.
Presider: Jennifer Ellis, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga