– Main objectives of the Virtual Exchange
The aim of the exchange was for students on both sides to experience online interaction and collaboration with international peers, to develop greater intercultural understanding and develop curiosity towards another, to deconstruct national stereotypes and engage with different perspectives on given issues.
– Targeted learning outcomes
– Global task description
Some of the activities included exploring and deconstructing Hofstede’s dimensions, carrying out a survey and writing a collaborative report.
|Partner / department||Course||Language of instruction||Number of students|
|University of Padova, Italy
Political Science, Law and International Studies
|College of Staten Island / CUNY, New York, United States||International Relations||English||30|
Start and end date
October 2017 – December 2017
Languages (Padova), 03 Social sciences, journalism and information (CUNY)
Integration and assessment
The tasks were a core part of teaching activity in both classes. In Italy the exchange counted for one third of students’ final mark.
Technology tools used
– Learning environment
Each class had their own platform for relate coursework (Moodle in Padova)
– Collaboration tools
Facebook groups, Skype for class to class exchanges, groups used whatsapp and Messenger for small group synchronous text and/or video exchanges.
– Reflection tool