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Exploring the Impact of Culture on Mathematics Education

Dr. Pier Angeli Junor Clarke, Clinical Professor of Middle and Secondary Education, and Dr. Corey Williams, Georgia State University, is partnering with the University of Guyana, where a group of students and their faculty will collaborate on a project exploring the impact of culture on mathematics education. Students will use both Flipgrid and ZOOM to explore and share their differences and similarities as premises for the diversity of the cultures in becoming teachers of mathematics.

Business Case Research and Writing

Clinical Professor of International Business, Dr. Mourad Dakhli, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with the Mediterranean School of Business. This course offers students the opportunity to work in cross-border virtual teams to complete a ‘Consultancy’ project. The project entails proposing, researching and drafting a business case dealing with a real business phenomenon or challenge that is interesting and one that requires insight and thoughtful recommendations. The case can address a firm-specific in a functional area, or an industry-level phenomenon. Students also have the option to focus on a nonprofit organization as long as the topics have international business implications. While the case focuses on the key issues faced, students also include a set of grounded recommendations to address the issues. Students also describe the global, regional, country, and industry, and competitive context as appropriate. A case competition with awards is included in this project. In addition, the top three cases are submitted to an international conference for review, presentation and publication.

Technology & the Global Marketplace: Implications for International Business Practitioners in Africa

Clinical Associate Professor of International Business, Dr. Salomao De Farias, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with the ESCA School of Management located in Casablanca, Morocco. Students engage in this Experiential Learning Activity through working in teams with classmates and students from Morrocco to research, identify, and analyze business opportunities for a specific technology in the African Region with deliverables such as a team report and presentation.

Virtual Live Case Learning Experience

Clinical Associate Professor of International Business, Dr. Salomao De Farias, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Francisco Coelho and Dr. Helder Ferreira, Course Leaders at IPAM, O Porto, Portugal. This partnership establishes the experiential learning activity for BUSA4000 Global Business course by means of virtual teams of GSU and IPAM. Students work on an international business consulting project (a virtual live case) for a Portuguese retail company searching for business opportunities in countries around the world. The digital platform, Google pages and WebEx are used to elaborate team reports and facilitate the co-creation between GSU and IPAM students.

The Global Forum

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.Click Here

Good Business

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 the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto in Canada. A cross-border (Canada and U.S), cross-functional (engineering students and international business students), large-scale (more than 100 students) learning experience. The participating students work in teams to create global business projects aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations. Promotional Video | Click Here

SMEs Go Global

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 Ulster University Business School in the U.K. and the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship at College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University in Minnesota, USA. During this VE project, the students will work in teams to help small and medium-sized companies from the U.S. understand the business opportunities for them in Europe and vice versa.

Changes in Teaching and Learning as a Result of the Pandemic

Senior Lecturer of Global Studies Institute, Dr. Laura Hastings is partnering with Dr. Dang Thi Kim Phung, Department of Sociology, Ton Duc Thang University. Students from Georgia State and Ton Duc Thang Universities meet virtually to present video presentations exploring how teaching and learning practices are changing as a result of Covid-19 pandemic. Students usually carry out interviews and reflect on institutions, offering comparisons between practices in Atlanta and Ho Chi Minh City.

Exploring Culture and Career Development Through Virtual Exchange

Assistant Professor of School Counseling, Dr. Erin Mason, is partnering with Dr. Qiong Li in the School of Psychology at Sichuan Normal University (SNU). Through this virtual exchange, students experience the power of collaboration and problem-solving from a global perspective and use Flipgrid to participate in a cross-cultural virtual exchange to discuss career development for school-students.

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

Mrs. Sutandra Sarkar, a Senior 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.

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 will be completing a consultancy project that will entail 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.

Product Management

Clinical Instructor of Marketing, Ken White, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Connie Li, Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University. Students will work together on two projects: (1) the development of a New Product Concept and Marketing Plan, and (2) the creation of a Socially Responsible Consumption Interactive Exhibition. The Virtual Exchange Project goals are to facilitate intercultural collaboration and cultivate a broader understanding of marketing across cultures.

Being a Responsible Pet Owner: Prevention of Dogs as Vectors of Disease

Clinical Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Instruction (Science Education), Dr. David Wojnowski,  is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Daphne Jhoanna Leon Cordova, Veterinarian at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia Department. Students will meet via Zoom to collaborate and share information between a Public Health/Epidemiology course at Cayetano Heredia University in Peru and a Content-based Curricula, Instruction and Assessment for Dual Immersion Classrooms course at GSU-College of Education & Human Development. The topic: Educational outreach curriculum to reduce the spread of disease in relation to dogs as vectors: Being a Responsible Pet Owner to facilitate multidisciplinary intercultural collaboration.

Learning About Different Cultures and Education Through Virtual Exchange Communities

Associate Professor of Social Studies and Multicultural Education, Dr. Yali Zhao, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Xiang Liu, Associate Professor in the College of Education Science at the Sichuan Normal University in China. Students in the course develop cross-cultural understanding of diverse cultures and education systems. Students have reciprocal learning opportunities to share views pertaining to various educational issues at the time of global Pandemic with international education students. Computer-mediated technology and web-based technologies, including iCollege and Flipgrid are used for sharing video presentations and discussions.

An Exploration of GAAP vs. IFRS

Assistant Professor of Accounting, Dr. Floran Syler-Woods, CPA,is leading a Virtual Exchange Project with accounting students and faculty from GSU Perimeter and University of Cape Town South Africa. Students participate in virtual lectures where they learn about Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) vs. International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Students then have to obtain the financial statements of U.S. and international companies to compare and contrast the two sets of accounting standards, even forming competitive teams comprised of students from both universities.

Business Case Research and Writing

Clinical Professor of International Business, Dr. Mourad Dakhli, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with the Mediterranean School of Business. This course offers students the opportunity to work in cross-border virtual teams to complete a ‘Consultancy’ project. The project entails proposing, researching and drafting a business case dealing with a real business phenomenon or challenge that is interesting and one that requires insight and thoughtful recommendations. The case describes a firm-specific issue (international business, managerial, marketing, technology, human resources, and/or related areas). Students may also focus on a selected industry or on an institution (private/public, profit/ nonprofit). The key is that topics have international business implications. While the case focuses on the key issues faced, students also include a set of grounded recommendations to address the issues. Students also describe the global, regional, country, and industry, and competitive context as appropriate.

Cultivating Global Competency for Counselors-in-Training

Assistant Professor of Counseling and Psychological Services, Dr. Han Na Suh, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Yang Eunjoo, Professor in the Counseling Psychology program at Korea University. Students utilize Flip Grid to engage in in-depth discussions and have the opportunity to learn and discuss various multicultural issues from a cross-cultural perspective. Additionally, students are offered a safe space for self-reflection to increase awareness regarding the issues that arise when providing counseling to clients with diverse backgrounds.

Cultural Influences on Identity and Educational Experiences in the U.S. and China

Associate Professor of World Languages Education, Dr. Paula Garrett-Rucks, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Christopher Brighton, Assistant Professor in Educational Management at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou, China. GSU students have reciprocal learning opportunities with Chinese students to explore cultural influences on their identity formation and educational experiences using Flipgrid, Zoom, and WeChat. Small mixed groups of students create culminating projects to compare similarities and differences of experiences and worldviews within and across cultures.

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.

Enhancing Student’s intercultural Competence and Promoting International Collaboration via Virtual Exchange Project

Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Dr. Eric Wright, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Professor of Sociology, Dr. Day K. M. Wong, at Hong Kong Baptist University. Students utilize technology to foster a comparative dialogue on the US and China as well as cultivate a broader global understanding of core sociological topics through a variety of activities.

Impact of Current Efforts to Solve Global Grand Challenges for Engineering

Assistant Department Chair and Assistant Professor Dr. Sahithya Reddivari, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange project with Batangas State University (Batangas, Philippines) to explore the four themes related to NAE’s vision for engineering in the 21st century. 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. Students select the one that interests the team most to explore further in this project. Student teams then find two specific examples of current work being done to help address challenges related to the theme of interest, learn more about the details about the solution, analyze the potential societal impact of the technologies when they are implemented, and present their findings to the class.

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

Mrs. Sutandra Sarkar, a Senior 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

Professor of Political Science Dr. Carrie Manning and Senior Lecturer of Political Science, Dr. Laura Hastings, are partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with the Institute d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po’) at the University of Strasbourg. Students engage in close and critical examination of liberal peacebuilding, the dominant approach to internationally-led conflict resolution in the post-Cold War era. Students also work as part of an international team to examine key elements of peacebuilding and to examine a single case in depth. Microsoft Teams is the primary platform used to facilitate this project.

Learning About Different Cultures and Education Through Virtual Exchange Communities

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. Over 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. Computer-mediated technology and web-based technologies, mainly Flipgrid, is used for sharing video presentations and discussions.

Managing and Preventing Pandemics with Data Analytics

Clinical Associate Professor of Management, Dr. Frank Lee, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Sunny Jeong, Associate Professor of Science and Technology at Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College (UIC). In this VE project, students use technology to discuss and propose how to manage and prevent pandemics with data analytics.

Multiethnic 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 Multiethnic 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.

The Global Forum / Good Business

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 Conestoga College School of Business in Canada and 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.

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 the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto in Canada. A cross-border (Canada and U.S), cross-functional (engineering students and international business students), large-scale ( more than 100 students ) learning experience. The participating students work in teams to create global business projects aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.

Understanding the Global Impact of COVID-19 on children and families

Clinical Assistant Professor of School Counseling, Dr. Natalie Grubbs, is partnering with Dr. Huachun Xu in the School of Psychology at Sichuan Normal University (SNU). Through this virtual exchange, students experience the power of collaboration and problem-solving from a global perspective and use Flipgrid to participate in a cross-cultural virtual exchange to discuss the global impact of COVID-19 on individuals across the lifespan.

Virtual Live Case Learning Experience

Clinical Associate Professor of International Business, Dr. Salomao De Farias, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Francisco Coelho, Marketing Manager Course Leader at IPAM, O Porto, Portugal. This partnership establishes the experiential learning activity for BUSA4000 Global Business course by means of virtual teams of GSU and IPAM. Students work on an international business consulting project (a virtual live case) for a Portuguese apparel companysearching for business opportunities in countries in Europe and in the U.S. The digital platform, Google pages and WebEx are used to elaborate team reports and facilitate the co-creation between GSU and IPAM students.

Women and Progress: A Comparative Study of the United States and India

Professor of History and Associate Chair, Business and Cultural & Behavioral Science, Newton Campus, Dr. Salli Vargis, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange with Dr. Dolly Thomas, Chair, Department of History, Stella Maris College (SMC), Chennai, India. Students from SMC join Perimeter College students through WebEx to examine topics related to women in the United States and India. They are provided rubrics for writing a history project report in a variety of different formats such as a newspaper editorial, a skit, or a regular research paper comparing women in the U. S. and India.

Cities of the Past, Today, and Tomorrow

Assistant Professor of Urban Studies, Dr. Fei Li,  is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Cristina Lauri and Prof. Daniela de Leo, Faculty at Sapienza University of Rome in Italy. Students explore shared challenges and innovated approaches in cities around the globe, such as inclusive development, urban renewal, resilience, sustainability, climate change, and technologies. Students use video-conferencing and social media to interact synchronously and asynchronously and work in groups for classroom debates on controversial topics in urban development and policy.

World Foods: Connecting Students in India and in the U.S.

Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition, and member of the Global Research on Non-Communicable Disease (GRAND) Initiative, Dr. Nida Shaikh, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Jagmeet Madan, Principle and Professor of Sir Vithaldas Thackersey (SVT) College of Home Science, SNDT Women’s University in India. The project provides students with a window into the world of food and culture. Students engage in asynchronous group activities in iCollege to compare and reflect on their favorite foods and their origins, the food in their refrigerators, and collaborate on a group presentation about a festive cultural meal of their choice (e.g. a Polish Christmas Eve dinner).

Cultural Perspectives on Climate Change

Senior Lecturer of Geosciences, Dr. Ricardo Nogueira, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Sam Lau, Principal Lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong, and Dr. Min Hu, Professor at Northwest University in Xi’an, China. Students utilize TopHat and TopHat Slate technology to discuss environmental pollution and explore the impact of climate change from their respective culture. The causes and consequences of climate change along with the effects of climate change on daily living and lifestyles are addressed.

Cross-Cultural Discussions on Democratic Erosion in the U.S. and Globally

Professor of Political Science, Dr. Jennifer McCoy,  is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Central European University (Professor Levente Littvay) in Hungary and University of Philippines (Professor Aries Arugay) in a course on Polarization and Democratic Erosion Around the World. Along with two U.S. universities teaching the same syllabus, the students engage in 2-3 guided discussions over the semester using What’s App in small groups of 5-6 students to discuss a theme of the course or current events in a country. This semester students discuss U.S. democracy, and the role of social media and disinformation in democratic erosion. Following the five days of What’s App discussion exchanging views, each student writes a one-page reflection paper. In addition, students give peer review on their draft blog assignments which are then posted on the cross-university consortium website, democratic-erosion.com.

Learning About Different Cultures and Education Through Virtual Exchange Communities

Associate Professor of Social Studies and Multicultural Education, Dr. Yali Zhao, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Xiang Liu, Associate Professor in the College of Education Science at the Sichuan Normal University in China. Students in the course develop cross-cultural understanding of different cultures and education systems. Students have reciprocal learning opportunities to share views pertaining to various educational issues at the time of global Pandemic with international education students. Computer-mediated technology and web-based technologies, including iCollege and Flipgrid are used for sharing video presentations and discussions.

Approaches of the European Union (Italy) and United States to Urban Environmental Challenges 

Associate Professor of Law, Dr. John Marshall, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Eliza Scotti, Associate Professor at Marcerata University in Italy. Students communicate via Webex to compare how the E.U. (Italy) and U.S. approach the four urban environmental challenges of Air, Water, Brownfields, and Environmental Justice.

The Global Forum

Senior Lecturer of International Business, Dr. Evaristo Fernando Doria, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Conestoga College School of Business in Canada and 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.

GSU-UP: BQ Rohrsysteme GmbH International Consulting Project

Clinical Professor of International Business, Dr. Mourad Dakhli, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Johan Vogel, Senior Lecturer at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. This partnership establishes virtual teams of GSU and UP students that collaborate on an international business consulting project for a German industrial firm actively seeking to establish presence in Africa and the Middle East. The digital platform, Telanto, is used to facilitate and assess the university-industry collaboration.

Cross-Cultural Conversations

Assistant Professor of English, Jessie Hayden, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Emma Zhang, a Lecturer of English in the College of International Education at Hong Kong Baptist University. Students from GSU and Hong Kong Baptist University engage in cross-cultural discussion groups to discuss key topics related to social justice and creative expression. Students utilize two forms of technology, Flipgrid and Zoom.

Exploring Cultural Impact on Student Life and Humanities

Assistant Professor in Arts and Humanities, Communications, Colleen Ijuin, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Anna Chatthong and Tom Freimuth, Faculty in International Relations at Prince of Songkla University in Thailand. GSU and PSU students exchange ideas about student life and humanities through VoiceThread.

Language in Society

Instructor Taylor Chlapowski (Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics and supervised by GSU’s Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, Dr. Eric Friginal), is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with the University of Baghdad (UB), Baghdad, Iraq. Students in their classes will learn an overview of Sociolinguistics. Specifically, they will cover the study of variation in language form and use associated with social, situational, temporal, and geographic influences. The course focuses on numerous sociolinguistic issues in the United States and globally. Students will have bi-weekly online discussions on course readings and a choice between two final projects; the linguistic landscape project (students photograph publicly written language used in two different areas highlighting differences in language use) or the sociolinguistic interview project (students analyze how language differences in two areas represent regional demographics).

Interaction between UWC and GSU students: Unimportance and Disgrace

Associate Professor of Literature, Renee Schatteman, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with University of Western Cape to discuss unimportance and disgrace. Students will interact with students at the University of Western Cape in responding to a novel by Thando Mqgalazana. Specifically, they will share responses to the novel and the South African students will answer questions about the novel. In addition, I (along with three of my students) will join a class that Dr. Wittenberg held with his students in their initial discussion of the novel, and I will share their impressions with my classes. Dr. Wittenberg will join my class and deliver a lecture about the photography of J.C. Coetzee which will connect to the reading of Coetzee’s novel Disgrace.

Virtual Exchange Project 2020

Senior Lecturer of Geosciences, Dr. Ricardo Nogueira, is patnering ona Virtual Exchange project with Hong Kong Baptist University, Nothwest Universtiy, and University of Strasbourg to discuss the issue of pollution. Students from 3 universities will discuss impacts of pollution affecting Atlanta, Hong Kong and Xian, China.

Peacebuilding as State building: An international virtual exchange for graduate students

Professor of Political Science Dr. Carrie Manning, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with the University of Strasbourg to explore the importance of peacebuilding as state building.

Virtual Exchange in Turkey

Professor of Political Science, Dr. Jennifer McCoy, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Koc University to discuss democracy from the perspective of two different countries Carry out three sessions of small group WhatsApp chats on topics related to the course: U.S. election integrity; U.S. democratic erosion; Turkish democratic erosion.

Impact of Covid-19 on Ho Chi Minh City and Atlanta: A Comparative Analysis

Senior Lecturer of Political Science, Dr. Laura Hasitngs, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Ton Duc Thang University to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on Ho Chi Minh City and Atlanta. 15 groups of 4-6 students were given the project name and were given free rein to come up with a final project of their choice.

Cross-Cultural Virtual Discussion

Assistant Professor of English and English as a Second Language, Dr. Jessie Hayden, is partnerin on a Virtual Exchange Project with Hong Kong Baptist University. Students from GSU and Hong Kong Baptist University engage in cross-cultural discussion group to discuss key topics related to social justice and creative expression.

Leadership in Biology

Associate Professor of Biology, Dr. Roberta Attanasio, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Michela Signoretto (Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems) and Dr. Cinzia Bettiol (Department of Environmental Sciences, Information, and Statistics) of Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy. Students will engage in cross-cultural interactions on a blogging platform where they will write about topics of inclusion and diversity related to the general theme of leadership in the Sciences. Ten to twelve discussions will take place contributing to students’ development of a “scientist identity” and personal leadership style that is clearly articulated, continuously improved, adapted to change, and used to excel as scientists.

Democratic Erosion and Polarization Around the World

Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, Dr. Jennifer McCoy, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Murat Somer at Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey. Students in their classes will examine polarization and democratic erosion in countries around the world, including the United States. Students will use WebEx, iCollege, blogging and video-conferencing to interact face-to-face and/or to meet asynchronously for discussions, as well as to collaborate on a written assignment that will contribute to a large national events database.

Virtual Exchange Project on Global Career Competence

Principal Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies for Gerontology and Sociology, Dr. Jung Ha Kim,are partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Osaka University. Students will facilitate asynchronous and synchronous groups of students from the US and Japan. These students will meet online for bi-weekly peer reviews, sharing, and discussions on topics such as the cultural meanings of food production, preparation, and consumption; stereotypes of “American” and “Japanese” food; food waste and controversies; and global food movements.

The Role of Inquiry-Based Multiliteracies Project in Developing Pre-Service Language Teachers’ Intercultural Competence in Second Language Acquisition Courses

Dr. Tuba Angay-Crowder (instructor of TSLE 7250/4250, and the Co-Investigator (CI) in the research project) and Associate Professor of Education, Dr. Gertrude Sachs, are partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Sedat Akayoglu, (the Department Chair at Foreign Language Education, and the second CI and the course instructor of ELT Il- English Language Teaching) of Bolu Abant izzet Baysal University (BAIBU) in Turkey. Students in their classes will understand the role of critical language in teacher education practices and the importance of mastering second language acquisition (SLA) in praxis and developing intercultural competence. Students will utilize iCollege, Flipgrid, Infogram, ThinkLink and VoiceThread.

Writing Across Cultures: Creating a Graduate Peer Support

Professor of Music, Dr. Patrick K. Freer, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Janelize Van Der Merwe (Lecturer in Music Education) of North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa. Students in their classes will engage in peer reviews of manuscripts that follow country specific scholarly guidelines. Students will utilize synchronous video distance learning seminars (professor-led), synchronous video chats on student platforms of preference, asynchronous video, and text chats through iCollege.

GSU-ESCA: Using Virtual Exchange to Solve Real Innovation Challenges

Clinical Professor of International Business, Dr. Mourad Dakhli, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Rihab Abba, Ms. Loubna Essabbab, and Dr. Thami Ghorfi (president of ESCA) of SCA-School of Management in Casablanca, Morocco. This collaboration establishes virtual teams of GSU and ESCA students who will solve real life problems on the Agorize (www.agorize.com) open innovation challenge platform. In addition, students will design creative solutions to innovation challenges, applying field-related technology.

Promoting Intercultural Competence for Creating Culturally Inclusive K-12 Classrooms

Lecturer of Education, Telmeko L. Ransom is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Anna W Y Yuen of the Creative Communication Department of Hong Kong Baptist University. Students majoring in education at each institution will share their teaching philosophies, behavior management tips, and educator preparation requirements. Students will utilize technologies such as Flipgrid, Zoom, and Edmodo for faculty and student communication.

Enhancing Public Health Students’ Intercultural Connectedness Around Disability and Health

Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy & Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Erin Vinoski Thomas, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Herman Myburgh of the Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR) at North-West University (NWU) in Potchefstroom, South Africa. Students will gain opportunities to explore interpersonal, cultural, and societal differences as issues of disability and health are discussed and politicized across a global context. Students will also have opportunities to reflect upon how their personal characteristics (e.g. race, ethnicity, religious identity, rural vs. urban identity) inform their beliefs about PWD. The Virtual Exchange activities will be facilitated through the use of two innovative online platforms: Flipgrid and VoiceThread.

Virtual Exchange in Environmental Health: Think Global, Act Local

Associate Professor of the School of Public Health, Dr. Christine Stauber, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with the Institute of Collective Health at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Students in their classes will gain a greater understanding of the role of socio-economic, demographic, and environmental determinants of health from a global perspective. They will also gain skills in cross-cultural communication, collaboration and problem solving. Students will utilize various technologies such as WhatsApp, Youtube, Skype, Webex, Zoom, and the App +Lugar.

Castle Talks on Cross-Border Cooperation: The migration crisis, A Challenge for Border Regions

Senior Lecturer of Political Science, Dr. Laura Ann Hasitngs, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with University of Strasbourg to discuss crises in migration and challenges faced by Border Regions.

Enhancing Cross-cultural Understanding of Social Science Education through Collaborative Online International Learning Communities

Associate Professor of Social Studies and Multicultural Education, Dr. Yali Zhao, is partnering on Virtual Exchange Projects with international universities in China, Singapore and South Korea. Students in their classes will develop cross-cultural understanding of different educational systems and practices. Additionally, students will have reciprocal learning opportunities to share views pertaining to 21st century competency skills for social studies teachers. Computer-mediated technology and web-based technologies, including iCollege, WeChat, and Zoom will be used for discussions.

Global Sociology of Food

Senior Lecturer & Director of Undergraduate Studies in Sociology, Dr. Jung Ha Kim, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with Dr. Saoti Yasumoto, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Human Science at Osaka University. They will utilize WebX, Google Doc, and Skype to facilitate asynchronous and synchronous groups of students from the US and Japan. These students will meet online for bi-weekly peer reviews, sharing, and discussions on topics such as the cultural meanings of food production, preparation, and consumption; stereotypes of “American” and “Japanese” food; food waste and controversies; and global food movements.

Kinesiology and Health

Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Health, Courtney Strosnider, is partnering on a Virtual Exchange Project with North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. Students will learn about the transtheoretical model of behavior change (TTM) and share with each other how they have personally applied this model to their own lives. Students will also have the opportunity to discuss barriers to health and treatment in regard to their own personal beliefs, allowing them to recognize these barriers for their own patients. The Virtual Exchange activities will be facilitated using iCollege and video conferencing.

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