Presentation 1: Building Intercultural Triangle: Students’ Views Over US-Lithuanian-Russian Collaborative Module
Gulnara Sadykova, Associate Professor, Department of English Philology, Kazan Federal University (Russia)
Nazira Migmanova, graduate student, Department of English Philology, Kazan Federal University (Russia)
Summary: A professor and her graduate student will share their experiences of developing and participating in a cross-cultural collaborative module that connected students from University at Albany with their peers in European Humanities University (Lithuania) and Kazan Federal University (Russia). The presentation will report on the results of a survey completed by 25 project participants and will discuss how students assessed its educational value and its role in the development of cultural awareness.
Presentation 2: Challenges and Rewards of Online Teaching in China and the Path Forward
Mark Reisinger, Associate Professor of Geography, Binghamton University (SUNY)
Arielle Nissenblatt, junior Geography major, Binghamton University, and fall 2012 Teaching Assistant (Zhenjiang, China)
Summary: In this presentation we share our experiences teaching an online course to a group of Chinese high school students. While we found the experience to be extremely rewarding, it was not without its challenges. The rewards included working with a group of highly motivated students, and learning about Chinese culture and perspectives. Challenges included technology issues and adapting to the Chinese education system and the students’ learning styles. We will also discuss how we intend to take our experiences to the next level by creating an International Learning Community in Newing College at Binghamton University.