Mentoring international exchange students online: An intercultural intervention
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AbstractTo enhance the intercultural learning of international exchange students, micro modules (eLearning materials) were developed for Intercultural communication and engagement abroad, a fully online, credit-bearing general education course. Each week, while the course participants were in their host country, they viewed the micro modules on Blackboard and digested related readings and YouTube links. In full-class Forum discussions, small fieldwork groups, and a reflective essay, the participants shared their intercultural experiences and evolving understanding of intercultural concepts and issues. Throughout the semester, guided critical reflection prompted them to think more deeply about how their intercultural attitudes and actions may have affected their interactions with people who have a different linguistic/cultural background from them. Through online mentoring, the participants were encouraged to make connections to the intercultural concepts and theories that were explained in the micro modules and assigned readings. After providing an overview of the course (e.g., aims, activities, approach to learning and teaching, micro-modular content, modes of assessment, grading scheme), key findings related to the most recent offering (learning outcomes, student perceptions of micro modules/intercultural mentoring) will be presented, along with implications for future offerings. (This project has been supported by a Micro-Module Development grant (eLearning pedagogy research) and a Teaching Development grant from CUHK.)
All Author(s) ListJane Jackson, Sin Yu Chan
Name of ConferenceCUHK’s Teaching and Learning Innovation Expo 2017
Start Date of Conference07/12/2017
End Date of Conference07/12/2017
Place of ConferenceHong Kong
Country/Region of ConferenceHong Kong
Proceedings TitleCUHK EXPO 2017
Year2017
Month12
Day7
Place of PublicationHong Kong
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsStudy abroad, intercultural education, critical reflection, pedaogogical intervention

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