Marriage Across Cultures: Implementing Virtual International Exchange In My First Year Seminar Course

This last semester I implemented Virtual International Exchange (VIE) in my classroom or better known in North America as Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL). The basic idea behind COIL is to have classes in universities in different parts of the world exchange and collaborate with each other. Students generally begin with an ice breaker where they get to know each other and share information about themselves. They then discuss the course material and work on a collaborative project. Finally, they reflect on the experience and how the international culture is both similar and different than their own.


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