TRANSNATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION AND 21st CENTURY EDUCATION
Fostering global collaboration through online project
In time of increasing globalization and advancement of internet communication tools our students will be expected to work more with people who are located in different countries by communicating only via online tools. How can they communicate in order to achieve their goals effectively? In this presentation we discuss our experience of two online collaboration projects between students of Amsterdam School of International Business (AMSIB) and Dankook University in Korea and students of AMSIB and Seinan Gakuin university in Japan. In particular, we study how stereotypes affect the intercultural communication/interaction in online collaboration. In the projects, students from two countries have to jointly create a new product and write an accompanying marketing plan for both countries. When communicating with people we don’t know we use stereotypes (Gudykunst et al. 1995). When working in online projects, how do these stereotypes influence the students actual interaction? We discuss how this online collaboration project contributed to development of the students’ intercultural competence.
1. Content of online collaboration projects between Amsterdam School of International Business (AMSIB) and two Asian universities
2. How students’ stereotypes affect their interaction in working together online
3. Cross-cultural comparison on how the students from three different universities experience online collaboration projects
4. How the online collaboration project develop students' intercultural competences
Ms Chie Misumi
Amsterdam School of International Business/Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Chie Misumi received a M.A. in Intercultural Communication from California State University, Fullerton, U.S.A. She is Japanese and currently resides in the Netherlands. She is Senior Lecturer of Amsterdam School of International Business (AMSIB) and also provides intercultural communication/management training to international companies.