Students participate in online cross-cultural conversations about their local cultural contexts. They share aspects of their daily life through images, and teach/learn about what their peers describe or share in images, and communicate cross-culturally. They utilize an evidence-based approach, looking for clues about daily life in the other context.
Purpose of the learning: to effectively communicate and build community in online, cross-cultural settings
Issuer: The Middle East Studies Center
Description for Earners
Engage in authentic cross-cultural communication and interact directly with peers at the foreign university by commenting on images you share online, either in Carmen or another platform. Post in the form about daily life in your local area. Be as descriptive as possible or use images. As a result of these conversations you will:
- Become more effective in cross-cultural communication.
- Develop substantive knowledge of a distant local.
- Develop a qualitative research mindset.
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 the other country. They have built enough trust with their 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 countries differently.
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.
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.
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 Media Project” which requires a Cross-cultural Team-based media project, such as an image-rich website or a video.