We evaluate student gains in intercultural awareness in accordance with the intercultural development theory (Bennett, 1986), and specific assessment for aspects of global competency on the American Association of Colleges and Universities global learning rubric. We achieve learning outcomes by scaffolding student learning, step-by-step progress towards advanced learning. Each stage requires specific actions and reflections that we validate in our assessment process.
The overall approach of the program is considered a High Impact Practice, especially with regard to our e-portfolio approach and our focus on global learning through perspective-taking. High impact practices for global competency may also include experiences like education or work abroad. We look to research on education abroad for elements of our approach, especially with regard to how to maximize learning from cross-cultural experiences (Paige, 2009).
The Buckeye Badges we incorporate are both tools for assessment and a means for increasing student motivation. As students engage in conversation and with substantive content about the country under study, their learning is continually challenged until they reach the highest levels of intercultural awareness and insider cultural literacy. The following sections will give you an overview of learning activities and their assessments in conjunction with the badges.
For Beginners: Global Community Building Assignment and Assessment Rubric (Buckeye Badge)
The following rubric provides the framework we use to assess whether students have earned the Global Community Building Buckeye Badge. Students participate in cross-cultural conversations by sharing photos with other students that depict daily life.Students participate in cross-cultural conversations by sharing photos with other students that depict daily life.
Description for Earners
Engage in authentic cross-cultural communication and interact directly with peers at a foreign university by commenting on shared images. Post your own images to teach about daily life in your city. Work with images as evidence or data for research and teaching purposes.
Value of the Badge
Students who earn this badge have communicated effectively with peers at a foreign institution about daily life in two cities, Columbus and the city of the other institution. Their peers have gained a better understanding of what daily life is like in Columbus, and they can now teach fellow Americans about the reality on the ground in Istanbul. They have built enough trust with their Turkish peers to have learned their perspectives on global issues affecting us all, including discussions of historic causes for these issues and how they impact the two cities differently. We encourage the use of images because of their ability to convey information across a language barrier.
Tags: Turkey, cross-cultural, media, culture, online communication
Criterion 1 Demonstrate your online cross-cultural communication ability. Do this by posting a brief biography, commenting on at least three biographies of your Turkish peers and acknowledging any comments to your post. Use active listening skills and ask for clarification on any aspects of cultural context.
Criterion 2 Demonstrate your ability to curate an image collection with academic value. Post at least five accounts reflecting your daily life in Columbus. You are encouraged to use pictures, with the caveat that any pictures you share should serve as meaningful referents for your local environment. This means, they should contain certain elements of culture in Columbus. You must make the authorship of any image clear, include proper attribution and license information if the image is not your won. Explain why you are sharing this aspect of daily life. If you share an image, write at least one sentence explaining why you selected that particular image. If you use images, you are expected to actively discuss the particular content in these images with your peer at the partner institution.
Criterion 3 Listen to your partner and stay on task – do not talk generally about topics related to what your partner shared, but what they specifically wanted to discuss or what is actually observable in the image.
Global Competency Description
Undergraduate students will learn to communicate across cultural boundaries, develop their media literacy and demonstrate their strengths as researchers.
- Become more effective in cross-cultural communication.
- Develop substantive knowledge of a distant local through academic-level research
- Develop writing skills.
For advanced Learners: Global Media Project Assignment and Assessment Rubric (Buckeye Badge)
The following rubric provides the framework we use to assess whether students have earned the Global Media Project Buckeye Badge. Students at OSU and a foreign university participate in a cross-cultural collaborative video production project to teach about daily life. Students at OSU and a foreign university participate in a cross-cultural collaborative video production project to teach about daily life.
Description for Earners
Engage in authentic cross-cultural communication while collaborating on a video documentation project with peers at a foreign university. Use online video editing tools to create, collect and edit materials for a brief video focusing on one aspect of daily life in both cities.
Value of the Badge
Students who earn this badge must have earned the Global Community Building badge which demonstrates they communicated effectively with peers at a foreign institution about daily life in two cities, Columbus and Istanbul. Earning this badge means group of these students at both institutions successfully collaborated to create an educationally effective video about the reality on the ground in both cities. It is only awarded to students who did their part on the team, held themselves accountable to the others, and actively listened to their teammates.
Tags: Turkey, cross-cultural, media, teamwork, culture, online communication
Criterion 1 Earn the Global Community Building Badge which demonstrates your online cross-cultural communication ability.
Criterion 2 Demonstrate your ability to curate an image collection with academic value. Post a collection of at least 5 images reflecting your daily life in Columbus. These should serve as meaningful referents for your local environment. This means, they should contain certain elements of culture in Columbus. Each of the images must include proper attribution and license information as well as a sentence explaining why you selected that particular image. Comment on the images of at least three of your peers, and respond to any comments on yours. Choose peers who have not received comments before peers who have comments already posted on their images.
Criterion 3 Demonstrate team leadership by joining with at least two peers to work with on creating a video. Ensure at least one of your peers is at the foreign university. Choose one of the team roles for video production:
- Image collector
- Image editor
- Script writer
- Script editor
- Video producer/project manager
Demonstrate good teamwork by agreeing to take on one of several specific roles, being accountable to the team, and actively listening to your teammates. The project is complete when final video is uploaded for review.
Global Competency Description
Undergraduate students will learn to communicate across cultural boundaries, develop their media production skills and demonstrate their strengths as team players. Engage in cross-cultural teamwork to:
- Develop substantive knowledge of a distant locale.
- Learn to effectively teach about your local cultural context.
- Conduct collaborative research and utilize visual data to produce a video with educational value.
Career and learning outcomes/outputs/skills:
Perspective taking experience, documentation, learning from and building trust with informants
Collaborative content curation tools and concepts, image analysis – nuts and bolts of co-constructing knowledge.
Copyright compliance (non-plagiarism), understanding how to use open-source images, producing original content.
ePortfolio and Resume Elements:
e-Portfolio content: reflections on learning with Turkish peers, creative outputs, such as co-authored e-book (Pressbooks/ALX), milestones, curated images, badges (Buckeye Badges)
Co-curricular transcript, list of competencies (Suitable)
Resume items: academic writing experience, publishing experience, image research and curation experience, cross-cultural communication experience; teamwork experience; project management experience.
Related skills demanded on the job market: analytical skills, written communication skills, cross-cultural skills and intercultural awareness, web content creation, teamwork, project management