Virtual Exchange Globalizes Teaching and Learning



Georgia State University Faculty and Students Collaborate with Global Partners Around the World!


Recent Partners and Projects:


    • Dr. Mourad Dakhli, Clinical Associate Professor of International Business, Robinson College of Business, and his students have been engaged in the International Business & Culture in North Africa: Morocco Project. Dr. Dakhli and his partner Dr. Abba at ESCA School of Management (Casablanca, Morocco) had their students collaborate online to discuss and analyze the case: Hollywood’s Influence on Global Culture. This case deals with an industry that is a source for one of the top American global exports, and one that is of increasing importance for the State of Georgia and Atlanta. Movie-making is also an important industry in Morocco. Their students will share notes about what high profile movies were filmed in Georgia and those that were filmed in Morocco. The case highlights a few of the stereotypes about other cultures that are often embedded in American movies.


    • Jessie Hayden, Assistant Professor of English/ESL and Colleen Ijuin, Assistant Professor of Humanities/ESL, at Perimeter College, partnered with Jacki Gutenkunst and Serif Attay at Ege University (Izmir, Turkey) spring semester of 2017. For their project, Perimeter College ESL students collaborated with English as a foreign language (EFL) students at Ege University to write children’s stories using A combined total of 66 students participated in the project. You can view the project and the students’ stories on the project website. Jessie Hayden and Jacki Gutenkunst partnered again in the spring of 2018 on a Cutural Vignettes project. For this project, Hayden’s Humanities students and Gutenkunst’s EFL students engaged in a virtual in-depth, cross-cultural conversation about iconic artists and works of art from their respective cultures.


    • Cyntoria Johnson is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. As part of her dedication to international education and intercultural competence development, she is helping to prepare tomorrow’s leaders to solve world problems. Professor Johnson integrates virtual exchange into her study abroad programs as part of an overall strategy to improve multicultural competence and community building through social justice-inspired global service learning projects.


    • Dr. Glenwood Ross is a Clinical Associate Professor of Economics and the Director of the Economic & Business Environment in South Africa Study Abroad Program in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Dr. Ross combines virtual exchange with his study abroad program in association with his course on the Global economy and sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Ross has also directed study abroad trips to South Africa since 2001.


New Participants and Partners:

For the 2018-2019 academic year, the following Georgia State University faculty members are partnering with faculty from NW University South Africa:

    • Keisha Brown, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Perimeter College, Dunwoody Campus


    • Dr. Jonathan Cohen, Assistant Professor, Learning Technologies Division, College of Education & Human Development, Atlanta Campus


    • Dr. Jeannie Grussendorf, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Political Science and Senior Lecturer, College of Arts and Sciences, Atlanta Campus


    • Nancy Gup, Associate Professor of Cultural and Behavioral Sciences, Perimeter College, Dunwoody campus


    • Leila Lawlor, J.D., Assistant Professor of Legal and Ethical Environment of Business, Perimeter College, Alpharetta Campus


    • Contessar Maddox, Associate Director of Nursing, Perimeter College, Clarkston Campus



Get Involved in Virtual Exchange

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Virtual Exchange IS for You If You Want to…



Introduce Students to an Interconnected World


Increase Students’ Global Competency


Globalize the Curriculum


Engage Students in Project-Based Learning


Promote Global Digital Literacy


Facilitate Intercultural Collaboration and Communication


Support Global Student Engagement


Promote Global Awareness and Change Perspectives






We’ve Got Connections!


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Getting connected with an international faculty partner to design a virtual exchange project is easy.

The Office of International Initiatives can help you find a partner, explore project ideas, and suggest strategies for coordinating your virtual exchange project.

We can also share information and resources about virtual exchange training, international conferences, professional development and grant opportunities.



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