CURRENT VIRTUAL EXCHANGE PROJECTS

 

Business Case Research and Writing

Clinical Professor of International Business, Dr. Mourad Dakhli, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with the Department of Business Administration at Alexandria University in Egypt. Students work in cross-border virtual teams to complete a critical assessment essay. This VE project entails identifying transformative global events, trends, and/or innovations (ETIs) significantly affecting the global or regional landscape, and critically assessing how these trends impact different stakeholders. In this project, special consideration is given to Africa as the last frontier in the international business arena, and students explore how the ETIs identified impact various stakeholders on the continent, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the State of Georgia or on the African continent. The virtual teams’ research on emerging trends in international business is then summarized and shared with business partners through a collaborative initiative with the US-Africa Chamber of Commerce whose membership includes SMEs in various industries that are interested in cross-border business between the U.S. and Africa.

 

Collaborative Learning in an Introductory Astronomy Class

Physical sciences Lecturer Dr. David L. Yenerall Jr., is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with students in Chile. This Virtual Exchange facilitates cultural and scientific collaboration between the students at Perimeter College and students in Chile. Participants construct knowledge through collaborative learning in which they work with their counterparts to answer questions, discuss concepts, create a presentation, or engage in comparative astronomical observations. Further, participants virtually tour a world class astronomical observatory and learn about the people of the international consortium of countries that manage the facility. Participants engage in discourse with students from a different location and culture other than their own. The convergence of the cultures is where the construction of knowledge occurs in a way that is unique to the international collaboration of this Virtual Exchange.

 

Discourse Analysis

Associate Professor Dr. Viviana Cortes is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with the Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto (UNRC), Cordoba, Argentina. The project focuses on teaching a class to two cohorts of MA students in Applied Linguistics, one at GSU and one at UNRC. The class is a discourse analysis course taught in F2F mode for the GSU students and fully online for the UNRC students. Students work synchronously in groups on class discussions, micro research projects, and project presentations and work asynchronously with readings materials and discussions. Several assignments in the class have been designed to be worked on in pairs or small groups, with students from both groups working together.

 

Enhancing Global Learning in Large Introductory Biology Classes

Senior Lecturer of Biology, Dr. Hongmei Zhang, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Jian Wu, Professor at Southwest Jiaotong University. Students utilize Zoom and VoiceThread to construct concept maps based upon course content to facilitate intercultural collaboration and communication in the field of Biology. 

 

Exploring Diversity Through Global Perspectives

Exploring Diversity Through Global Perspectives Professor Dr. Gyewon Jang, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with the Kwansei Gakuin University. Students at GSU and KGU collaborate to research how various aspects of diversity are understood, represented, and practiced in their own and counterpart’s sociocultural and sociopolitical contexts. Working in small groups, students decide on a research topic and research question(s), conduct interviews with their global collaborators, and present their research findings. Students are asked to write an individual paper to reflect their research experience and intercultural collaboration. In addition, each instructor makes and shares an online lecture video with students in US and Japan, so that students can learn different teaching styles and social issues related to diversity by engaging global exchanges.

 

Exploring International Virtual Exchange to Facilitate Personal Development and Learning of Undergraduate Health Students 

Clinical Instructor of Exercise Science, Courtney Strosnider, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with the North-West University (NWU). Students from GSU and NWU discuss the importance of healthy living, what it means to live a healthy lifestyle, barriers to living a healthy lifestyle, and how culture influences health and barriers to health. Groups of GSU and NWU students work on a case study project together. Each group has a patient who is living with chronic disease and needs to make behavior changes to improve health-related quality of life. The students discuss what behavior changes their patient needs to make, address barriers their patient has to overcome in order to life a healthier lifestyle and develop ways to motivate their patient to make the necessary behavior changes. Throughout the discussions, the students acknowledge and describe how cultural differences may impact their patient’s ability to make behavior changes.

 

Georgia companies doing business in the European Union

Professor of History, Political Science Dr. Stacey Mitchell, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with the Thomas More University (TMU), in Mechelen, Belgium. GSU Perimeter students work in groups with students from TMU on a project about the different types of challenges and requirements Georgia companies need to address to do business in the EU.

 

Global Aging and Social Policies

Professor of Gerontology, Sociology Dr. Heying Zhan, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with the Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics. This Global Virtual Exchange course brings the topic of population aging at a global level into the virtual global classroom. Upper-division undergraduate students at Georgia State University and Graduate students at Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics in Hangzhou China meet in the same virtual classroom to share learning of issues related to global aging, global families, and social policies.

 

Grand Challenges Design

Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering Dr. Sahithya Reddivari, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with the Batangas State University. In 2008 the National Academy of Engineers gathered an international group of leading technological thinkers to identify the Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st century. This group identified 14 game-changing goals for improving life on the planet that fall into four cross-cutting themes: SUSTAINABILITY, HEALTH, SECURITY, and JOY OF LIVING. Over the years, experts worldwide have been developing potential solutions to address global challenges. In this project, students learn about existing solutions for the grand challenges, develop an innovation of their own, and present their work to peers.

 

Implementation of Precalculus Projects Involving Concepts Across the Globe Through Virtual Exchange

Mrs. Sutandra Sarkar, Academic Professional of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Oduduwa University of Nigeria. Students utilize WebEx Teams space as well as Discord or Slack to discuss mathematical applications in contemporary world topics, such as the Suez Canal or the Corona Virus pandemic. Students from different parts of the globe collaborate, explore, and connect concepts with current world events to observe the relevance of learning skills and tools for introductory mathematics programs. Students also explore how their respective cultural and political background might impact implementing theoretical ideas.

 

International Peacebuilding Simulation

Professor of Political Science Dr. Carrie Manning, Principal Senior Lecturer of Political Science, Dr. Laura Hastings, and Principal Senior Lecturer Dr. Rashid Naim are partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with the University of Strasbourg’s Sciences Po’ (Institute for Political Studies). GSU students engage in a joint international peacebuilding simulation exercise with the partner university students. They are assigned roles that correspond to those of domestic and international actors engaged in Mali’s real-life peacebuilding operation, currently ongoing. They engage together in problem-solving in response to a scenario created by the instructors. This exchange involves research, written briefing papers, a series of reflection papers, and teamwork to negotiate a solution.

 

Multi-ethnic American Identity

Associate Professor of English, Dr. Michelle Kassorla, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Head of the English Department of Al-Qasemi College of Education in Baqa al-Gharbiyye in the Haifa District in Israel, Dr. Wisam Chaleila. Students utilize Canvas in addition to Google Drive, YouTube, and Zotero to explore American identity through contemporary Multi-ethnic American Literature. As a final project, teams of students from Israel and America are working on a definition of what an American is: Who is an American? What does an American look like? What is the culture of America? What are American Ideals? Those definitions are based upon our class readings and discussions. Through exploring these questions, students are provided a variety of perspectives on American Identity.

 

Nudge Techniques and their application in the COVID-19 Era (Compare and Contrast Between Nations) 

Dr. Amy Eremionkhale, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange (VE) project with Dr. Jana Sadeh, a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics within the School of Economic, Social and Political Sciences

at the University of Southampton in England. This virtual exchange project connects students at the intermediate microeconomics level in both universities. As cross-national teams, the students analyze nudging techniques and their application in economic policy. Specifically, the students in both universities identify and review how the USA and UK governments used nudge techniques to implement their respective COVID-19 restrictions. The groups of students further identify nudging techniques that would work in one country and not the other, along with the rationales. The students’ exchange work on the teams involves virtual meetings, culminating in a written project.

Perspective on Comparative Cultures  

Professor Dr. Ruchi Bhatnagar, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with the Hong Kong Baptist University. This project provides authentic opportunities to cross cultural boundaries and have personal interaction and collaborative experiences with undergraduate education. A major aspect of all readings and discussions is to develop awareness about various issues that impact access to quality of education for all children in the world, environmental factors that create obstacles in upward mobility, and various social structures in different cultures that work to create marginalization of certain communities. GSU students connect with international peers, develop communication skills, appreciate their role as global citizens in an interconnected world, and recognize the need for stronger collaborations beyond borders.

 

Promoting Cross-cultural Understanding and Children’s Rights through Collaborative Work

Associate Professor of Social Studies and Multicultural Education, Dr. Yali Zhao, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Yanling Zhou, Assistant Professor in the Department of Early Childhood Education at the Education University of Hong Kong, China. Students are developing global and cross-cultural understanding of different cultures and education systems to better serve their culturally diverse students. About 100 students in seven groups have reciprocal learning opportunities to meet virtually and share diverse culture and best teaching experiences at the time of the global pandemic. Students read books related to refugee and human rights issues and collaborate on a project that promotes children’ rights. Computer-mediated technology and web-based technologies, mainly Flipgrid and Edublogs, are used for sharing video presentations and discussions.

 

Promotional Design for Atlanta and Beijing

Professor at Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, Dr. Xinran Hu, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange project with the University of Science and Technology Beijing. Students study the city of Atlanta and Beijing’s history and culture and complete an urban promotion planning report. They design a series of online promotional materials. The system includes a logo, social platform advertisement, video advertisement, and tourism promotion App design.

 

The Global Forum with Munich Business School

Principal Senior Lecturer of International Business and Co-Director of the Minor in International Business, Dr. Evaristo Fernando Doria, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Munich Business School in Germany. Undergraduate students in the field of international business engage in a cross-border large-scale online discussion forum to address topics that focus on the cultural differences and similarities in a business context. This virtual exchange initiative uses an AI-powered online discussion platform to foster cross-border students’ engagement.

 

The Indo-US International Business Case Forum with Calcutta Business School

Principal Senior Lecturer of International Business and Co-Director of the Minor in International Business, Dr. Evaristo Fernando Doria, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Calcutta Business School. Undergraduate students in the field of international business engage in a cross-border large-scale online discussion forum to learn and solve international business cases about U.S. companies expanding their businesses into India.

 

U.S.-Africa Business Opportunities

University Lecturer of the Institute of International Business, Dr. Edward Wang, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange with the ESCA École de Management (ESCA Management School) located in Casablanca, Morocco. Students complete a consultancy project that entails researching, identifying, and analyzing business opportunities in North Africa. The main goal of this project is for students to master the art and science of analyzing business opportunities and identifying risks in emerging and frontier economies, conduct primary and secondary research, and make data-driven recommendations while developing cross-cultural competencies and a global mindset.

 

US-Portugal Business Opportunities

Clinical Associate Professor of International Business, Dr. Salomao De Farias, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Diana Falcao and Dr. Francisco Coelho, Marketing Manager Course Leader at IPAM, O Porto, Portugal. The project is to offer students the opportunity to work in cross-border virtual teams to complete a ‘Consultancy’ project. Their project will entail researching, identifying, and analyzing business opportunities for a Portuguese company to invest abroad. Students complete the project in two phases as follows: PESTEL analysis and Market Opportunity Analysis. Students master the art and science of analyzing business opportunities and identifying risks in international economies, conduct primary and secondary research, and make data-driven recommendations. In addition, students employ data visualization for exploration and sensemaking. Furthermore, students work in international virtual teams, one of the most effective ways to develop cross-cultural competencies and a global mindset.

 

Virtual Exchange in Large Introductory Sociology Classes

Professor, Chair of the Sociology Department Dr. Eric Wright, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with the Hong Kong Baptist University, Department of Sociology to enhance learning sociology, and expand students’ global awareness and improve their intercultural communication skills.

Interested in past virtual exchange projects? View past projects here.

 

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