Intercultural Collaborative Learning in the Virtual Space
Cultural literacy seems to be the new currency in today’s globalized world. However, the only way to develop it is – to offer intercultural collaborative learning experiences to students in the virtual space. Internet technology provides educators with new ways to deliver cultural training while enabling learners to meet and collaborate from remote locations.
Delivering Intercultural Training in Virtual Space
Educators, in such a scenario, shoulder the responsibility of designing the overall learning experience and convincing learners to be a part of cross-cultural learning projects. Until now, education technology or EdTech has been seen as a way to deliver functional learning in the virtual space. Very few educators are able to see the other side of it – which is of course, intercultural literacy.
The reality is – technology and cultural training are closely connected. Technology not only makes it possible but also accelerates intercultural literacy and collaborative learning.
So, the big questions are:
1. how to deliver intercultural collaborative learning in the virtual space, and
2. how to prepare your learners for a globalized, multi-cultural world of work
Theodora – a teacher and education consultant, tells you how. In this post, she shares her personal experience on how she engaged her learners in an international collaboration project.
“When I started with this project I was very enthusiastic about it! I did my best to find teachers who would be willing to participate, manage the group, try to find ideas. The project is not a one-man (or woman) – show but, it was the result of a lot of teachers’ and students’ work, ” says Theodora.
“Yes, it was my idea. No, I don’t consider it an original idea. There are a lot of various similar projects going around the world. I tried to coordinate as much as I could and the all the people who participated were very helpful and willing to help”, she adds.
When you work as a freelancer or make living teaching online, it seems almost impossible to build a group of students and make learners interested in an internal collaboration project. It may take long to convince people from around the world and actually execute the project.
But she did it. “It took a while, but I managed to find 4 people from all corners of the world, who got engaged with their students and make videos of their towns of their customs and habits”, Theodora says.
“Intercultural and virtual collaboration is very important nowadays since our students will be the working force of the future. Skills like tolerance and understanding are very important and as educators, it is our duty to cultivate our students and give them the chance to see the world with the foreign language as a vehicle”, she says further.
If you want to know how to create intercultural collaborative learning experiences for your learners, register to attend her presentation – ‘On the Air’. TheodoraPapapanagiotou will show you her work and invite more teachers to take part in the “on the air” project.
Click on ‘View Recording’ to watch the full session where Theodora Papapanagiotou explains how to drive intercultural collaborative learning in the virtual space.