April 4, 2013 - Breakout Session D
Presentation 1: Effects of an Interculturally Enriched Collaboration Script on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning in Higher Education
Vitaliy Popov, postgraduate student of the Chair Group of Education and Competence Studies, Wageningen University (The Netherlands)
Summary: To foster collaboration in general as well as to bridge intercultural differences in culturally diverse groups engaged in computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), this study introduced an interculturally enriched collaboration script (IECS). A two-group pretest-posttest research design was used to compare the effects of the IECS with a general collaboration script on students’ learning in culturally diverse groups in a CSCL environment. 74 MSc students (representing 22 countries) from Wageningen university, the Netherlands, worked in dyads on an environmental problem. The results showed that the IECS positively affected students’ attitude towards online collaboration and their online collaborative behavior.
Presentation 2: Internationalization and Globally Networked Learning: The Compatibilities and Incompatibilities of Institutional Strategies aimed at Global Positioning
Melanie Wilson, Course Lecturer and PhD Candidate, Department of Integrated Studies of Education, McGill University (Montreal, Canada)
Summary: Drawing on a recent unpublished doctoral study, this presentation offers new insights into how three institutional strategies aimed at global positioning can impact GNLEs. These strategies include global institutional rankings, changes in the academic labor force, and the implementation of the ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) within the Bologna Process. This presentation reveals that while some institutional strategies work to enable GNL, others can work constrain them.