students and faculty standing together. Students are holding virtual exchange certificates

Ege University (Izmir, Turkey) faculty and students. Students are holding their virtual exchange project certificates.



See what Georgia State University faculty and their students have been up to with virtual exchange partners from around the world!


Mourad Dakhli, Clinical Associate Professor of International Business,
Robinson College of Business

Dr. Mourad Dakhli 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, Perimeter College

Colleen Ijuin, Assistant Professor of Humanities/ESL, Perimeter College

Jessie Hayden and Colleen Ijuin 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. The project and the students’ stories can be viewed 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, Clinical Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology,
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

As part of her dedication to international education and intercultural competence development, Cyntoria Johnson is helping to prepare tomorrow’s leaders to solve world problems. She 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.


Leila Lawlor, Assistant Professor of Legal and Ethical Environment of Business,
Perimeter College

Leila Lawlor partnered with Ilyayambwa Mwanawina, Associate Professor of Law at NW University South Africa. Their students studied the similarities and differences between the Constitutions of the United States and the Republic of  South Africa. Working collaboratively online in cross-cultural teams, the students discovered some similarities but mostly differences between these documents. Lawlor’s students concluded that the RSA Constitution is a beautiful document. It is much longer and includes more specific rights than the U.S. Constitution. Her students also recognized that having rights delineated on paper does not necessarily translate into the rights being exercises or honored. Lawlor observed that her students at Perimeter College thoroughly enjoyed working with students from across the world. This international team of students were fascinated by the project and their peers, and they gleaned much from the experience.


Glenwood Ross, Clinical Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Economic & Business Environment in South Africa Study Abroad Program,
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Dr. Ross is co-directing a virtual exchange initiative among students at Georgia State University and the University of  Witswatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa) with Dr. Mourad Dakhli (Robinson College of Business) and Dr. Usanda Gqwaru (University of Witswatersrand). Their initiative marks a first attempt to introduce Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) into their study abroad program, The Economic & Business Environment in South Africa. This program consists of extensive academic work during the summer semester and a two and half week study abroad tour of South Africa in August. The COIL project represents one module in their study abroad program, accounting for 30 percent of the student’s grade. The project consists of collaborative research among students traveling on the study abroad program and students at the University of Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. The project includes the following steps;

1. GSU students must come up with a research topic that focuses on some aspect of South African economic and business developments.
2. Once a topic is chosen, students must submit a one-page summary of research, along with a set of questions that they would like their South African counterpart to help with.
3. The one-page summaries of research are emailed to the University of Witswatersrand where they are each assigned to a dedicated graduate student. These graduate students are selected by Mr. Usanda Gqwaru and they volunteer their time. They are task with helping to further develop the research topic and to address the set of questions that the GSU student has provided. The University of Witswatersrand students receives the one-page summaries approximately two weeks before a face to face meeting with the GSU student travelers.
4. While in South Africa we dedicate one whole afternoon at the University of Witswatersrand, where students can meet their research counterparts face to face. In addition to using this time to critique, collaborate and exchange ideas on the research, this time will also be used to establish future online communications.
5. GSU students have approximately one month from the time of the face to face meeting to when their final research paper is due.

Dr. Ross and his project partners plan to have the Georgia State University students document their online communications with their South African partners and to have them critique the value of this exercise.


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