Global Community Builder Buckeye Badge

Global Community Builder Badge

Purpose: to effectively communicate and build community in online, cross-cultural settings

Issuer: The Middle East Studies Center


Short Description

Students participate in online cross-cultural conversations about their cities. They share aspects of their daily life through images, and teach/learn about what is in the images, and communicate cross-culturally. They utilize a scientific approach, looking for clues about daily life in the images.


Description for Earners

Engage in authentic cross-cultural communication and interact directly with peers at the foreign university by commenting on images you share in a Pressbooks site.  Post your own images to teach about daily life in your city. Work with images as evidence or data for research and teaching purposes.  As a result of these conversations you will:

  • Become more effective in cross-cultural communication.
  • Develop substantive knowledge of a distant local through images.
  • Develop your research skills.

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.


Assessment Rubric:

Criteria 1

Demonstrate your online cross-cultural communication ability. Do this by following the ground rules for communication, maintaining engagement with your peers and building online community. Don’t let conversation threads get “cold”.  For example, you will post a brief biography, and comment on at least three biographies of your Turkish peers, and respond to any comments on yours with some sort of acknowledgment. Choose peers who have not received comments before peers who have comments already posted on their images.


Criteria 2

Demonstrate your ability to curate cultural information with academic value.  Write a brief reflection on how this information connects to your daily life in Columbus.  Communicate with a fellow student in Turkey what you have learned and get their feedback.  Academic information you share must have citations, and images must include proper attribution and license information as well as a sentence explaining why you selected that particular image. Comment on posts of at least three of your peers, and respond to any comments on yours. Demonstrate good citizenship and community-building. For example, engage individuals who have not received comments before peers who have comments already posted on their images.


Criteria 3

Ask good questions about what you observe in other participants’ descriptions of their lives or in the images they post of their lives. Stay on task – do not talk generally about topics related to culture, but what is actually concrete and observable in what they are sharing.


Standards Alignment 1

Name: Global Competency

Description: Undergraduate students will learn to communicate across cultural boundaries, develop their media literacy and demonstrate their strengths as researchers.

Milestone – Yes – Toward Mastery Badge, “Global Competency”