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ERIC Number: EJ798275
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1080-5699
Building a Shared Virtual Learning Culture: An International Classroom Partnership
Starke-Meyerring, Doreen; Andrews, Deborah
Business Communication Quarterly, v69 n1 p25-49 2006
Business professionals increasingly use digital tools to collaborate across multiple cultures, locations, and time zones. Success in this complex environment depends on a shared culture that facilitates the making of knowledge and the best contributions of all team members. To prepare managers for such communication, the authors designed and implemented a semester-long intercultural virtual team project between a management communication course in the United States and one in Canada. To prevent faultlines between subgroups on each campus, the authors set a clear outcome for students' research, established equity between the two sites, structured assignments so that students worked interdependently across sites, and encouraged inclusive communication. Faculty considering such a partnership should incorporate a robust collaborative workspace, incorporate preliminary exercises before a large project, provide intensive mentoring and instruction on peer review, arrange for a real visit or videoconference between locations, and expect the project to be both fun and demanding.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States