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The Global Classroom

COMM 211 (Intercultural Communication – The Global Classroom)

FALL Semester 2009

Class time

8:00am-9:15am (Lincoln, Nebraska)

4:00-5:15pm (Istanbul, Turkey)

4:00-5:15pm (Ezrurum, Turkey)

5:00-6:15pm (Voronezh, Russia)

6:00-7:15pm (Islamabad, Pakistan)

8:00-8:15pm (Tyumen, Russia)

 

Required Textbook

Lustig, M., & Koester, J. (Eds.) (2005). AmongUS : Essays on Identity, Belonging, and Intercultural Competence (2nd Edition) Allyn & Bacon: New York.

 

This course has at its core real-time, face-to-face interaction with cultures around the world. During the semester, we will have weekly synchronous video conferences with faculty and students in Russia, Turkey and Pakistan.  Because of the new video technology, we will be able to see and hear life-size projections of our international partners and they will be able to see and hear us. We will also be able to share PowerPoint  and other video/audio resources at the same time. Additionally, we will engage in on-line discussions outside of class to supplement our class discussions, and you will have several international partners to work with on various papers and presentations.

Below: live video link between Tyumen and Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln: Students are asking and answering questions in real-time, synchronous video.

 

Our goal is to learn how to effectively interact with diverse cultures and how to engage in discussions of global issues. This will expand our global awareness and knowledge of human diversity.

 

Content for the Global Classroom

 

The Global Classroom Experience (COMM 211- Intercultural Communication) uses reading assignments [Lustig & Koester (Eds.). AmongUS: Essays on Identity, Belonging, and Intercultural Competence (2nd Edition)], class discussion, face-to-face interaction with international partners, and on-line discussion with international partners to address at minimum the following topics:

 

  • Cultural Identity –Who are we?
  • Crossing Cultures – Negotiating Intercultural Competence
  • Stereotyping and Prejudice
  • Communication roadblocks during intercultural communication
  • Managing conflict across cultures
  • Inside/Outside – Belonging to Multiple Cultures
  • Developing effective Intercultural & International Communication

Learning Outcomes for the Global Classroom

After completing the Global Classroom Experience (COMM 211- Intercultural Communication), a student will be able to:

  1. Prepare and deliver information about the United States to diverse international audiences.
  2. Identify and implement the communication skills necessary to facilitate effective intercultural communication.
  3. Understand and manage stereotyping, ethnocentrism, and prejudice which emerge during intercultural communication.
  4. Understand and implement new communication technologies to enhance the global exchange of ideas.
  5. Transfer lessons on effective communication with specific international partners to other contexts and people, in both international and national environments.

Assessment for the Global Classroom

Student performance in the Global Classroom will be assessed in the following ways:

  1. Students will prepare PowerPoint presentations about themselves and their culture(s) for in-class delivery to international partners. The dates of these assignments will depend upon the schedule we negotiate with our partners. During the last week of classes and finals week there will be presentations due. Assignments will be posted on Blackboard.
  2. Students will be required to work in groups on some presentations. Students will sign up for group projects on Blackboard, and then turn in ONE presentation on or before the due dates. The evaluation of the presentation will apply to all members of the group Assignments will be posted on Blackboard.
  3. Students will participate in on-line reactions to our interaction with international partners. Assignments will be posted on Blackboard.
  4. Students will respond to reading questions from Among US. Assignments will be posted on Blackboard.
  5. Students will actively engage in discussion with international partners, both in-class and on-line.
  6. Students will write analysis papers based on concepts generated from class, lecture, and textbook.
  7. Attendance is a critical component of this course due to the live, synchronous nature of our interaction with international partners. Attendance will impact your course grade (NOTE: we will have presentations and/or paper assignments due the last week of classes as well as finals week).

 

Assignments & Grading

 

NOTE:  The unique nature of the course means that the number of assignments (except quizzes) will depend upon what happens with our international partners. However, you must complete all assigned work by the dates/times indicated to earn credit for the course.

 

Quizzes: There will be six (6) in-class quizzes to help keep you abreast of the assigned readings & lecture/discussion material. The questions will come primarily from the Reading Study Questions (either handed out in class or posted on Blackboard). Each quiz will be worth 25 points. We will complete these quizzes prior to beginning our video links (see tentative schedule). NOTE: You need to be on time for all exams.  If you arrive after the 1st person has finished the exam, you will not be allowed to take the exam.

Individual PowerPoint Presentations: You will be required to complete individual Powerpoint presentations. Each will be worth 25 points, and will be evaluated on: meeting the content requirements of the assignment; proper preparation of digital images; successful uploading of ppt to Blackboard; adequacy of oral delivery. You will have at least one introductory presentation (where you introduce yourself to our international partners, and one summation presentation where, on the last video link, you talk about what you learned about our international partners. Other individual presentations will depend on what else happens in the class. [NOTE: we will have presentations due the last week of classes as well as finals week]

Group PowerPoint Presentations: You will be required to complete group Powerpoint presentations. Each will be worth 25 points, and will be evaluated on: meeting the content requirements of the assignment; proper preparation of digital images; successful uploading of ppt to Blackboard; coordination with other group members; adequacy of oral delivery. Each person in the group earns the same amount of points. Again, the number of these group presentations will depend on what happens in the class. You can expect to do at least three group presentations, and we usually do not have time to do more than five. However, that will depend on what else happens in class. [NOTE: we will have presentations due the last week of classes as well as finals week.]

Reaction Papers: You will be required to complete short papers based on readings from the textbook and experiences in the class. Each will be worth 25 points, and will be evaluated on: meeting the content requirements of the assignment; use of material from the textbook; use of examples from class; successful uploading to Blackboard. Again, the number of these papers will depend on what happens in the class. You will have a paper due during the last week of classes where you evaluate your own performance regarding intercultural communication. However, additional reaction papers will depend on what else happens in class. [NOTE: we will have paper assignments due the last week of classes as well as finals week.]

On-Line Discussions/e-mail: There will be discussion questions posted on Blackboard. You must respond to the question before the next question is posted. You may also have one or more international partners you will contact via email which will be included in this assignment. The schedule for these postings will be determined by what happens in class. (15 points).

 

Asking Questions and Active Participation in class: The most critical aspect of this course involves your asking and answering questions posed by students and faculty in our partner schools.  I expect you to actively engage our partners each time we meet. Because we are digitally recording each class session, I will evaluate your questioning behavior at the end of the semester. This means it is vital you find ways to ask and answer questions throughout the course (100 points).

 

Attendance: Attendance is a critical component of this course due to the live, synchronous nature of our interaction with international partners. Your failure to attend a video session will impact your status in the course. Your failure to attend a video session where you are scheduled to present will lead to an administrative withdrawal or failure in the class. Your failure to attend any video session will lead to a significant reduction in your final grade.  

 

ACE Credit: COMM 211 satisfies ACE Outcome #9: Exhibit global awareness or knowledge of human diversity. As such, understanding intercultural and international communication is the focus of this course. The readings, assignments, and, most importantly, our face-to-face interaction with students in Turkey and Russia will extend our awareness of global issues and expand our communicative repertoire when it comes to communicating with people in a variety of cultural contexts.

 

Special Needs:

Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the instructor for a confidential discussion of their individual needs for academic accommodation. It is the policy of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to provide flexible and individualized accommodation to students with documented disabilities that may affect their ability to fully participate in course activities or to meet course requirements. To receive accommodation services, students must be registered with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office, 132 Canfield Administration, 472-3787 voice or TTY.



[NOTE: There may be religious/political holidays for our international partners which will prevent video links. Be sure to check your email before coming to class]

 

Week

Tuesday

Thursday

1

Aug 25:  Introduction

Aug 27: (Quiz #1) Intro to Turkey/Russia

2

Sept 1: (Quiz #2) Working with international partners

Sept 3: Working with international partners

3

Sept 8: (Quiz #3) Effective Intercultural Communication

Sept 10: Intro PowerPoint Slides due to Blackboard by 12:05am

4

Sept 15: (Quiz #4) Effective Intercultural Communication

Sept 17: 1st Group Presentation due to Blackboard by 12:05am

5

Sept 22:  (Quiz #5) Preparation for video links

Sept 24: (Quiz #6)  Preparation for video links

6

Sept 29: Preparation for video links

Oct 1: Video Link

7

Oct 6: Video Link

Oct 8: Video Link

8

Oct 13: Video Link

Oct 15: Video Link

9

Oct 20: FALL BREAK

Oct 22: Video Link

10

Oct 27: Video Link

Oct 29: Video Link

11

Nov 3: Video Link

(Standard Time  in the USA begins on Nov. 2nd)

Nov 5: Video Link

12

Nov 10: Video Link

Nov 12: Video Link

13

Nov 17: Video Link

Nov 19: Video Link

14

Nov 24: Video Link

Nov 26: THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

15

Dec 1: Video Link

Dec 3: Video Link

16

Dec 8: Video Link

Dec 10: Video Link

17

7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Dec 15: Video Link during finals week