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Creation and Implementation of a Backpack Course to Teach Cross-Cultural and Virtual Communications Skills to Students in an International Capstone Experience

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Conference

2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Global Engineering Education: Cross-cultural Awareness and Social Impacts

Tagged Division

International

Page Count

10

Page Numbers

22.398.1 - 22.398.10

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/17679

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40

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Holt Zaugg Brigham Young University

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Holt Zaugg is a doctoral student in the Educational Inquiry, Measurement and Evaluation program at Brigham Young University. His research focus is on communication patterns within Global Virtual teams and test item evaluation using IRT and CFA.

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Randall Davies Brigham Young University

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Assistant Professor
Instructional Psychology & Technology

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Alan R. Parkinson Brigham Young University

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Spencer P. Magleby Brigham Young University

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Greg Jensen Brigham Young University

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Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Former Fulton College Professor of Global Engineering; Faculty advisor to the PACE Global Vehicle Project.

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Aaron G. Ball Brigham Young University

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Abstract

As
international
teams
become
more
dominant
in
work
places,
universities
need
to
adapt
educational
opportunities
to
prepare
students.

As
part
of
an
NSF
grant
to
study
global,
virtual
engineering
teams,
a
backpack
course
designed
to
teach
cross‐cultural
competencies
and
virtual
communication
skills
to
engineering
students
was
created.

The
course
is
taught
concurrently
to
students
participating
in
a
global,
virtual,
engineering
capstone
team
experience.

This
educational
experience
mixes
practical
hands‐on
experience
of
working
on
a
global
virtual
team
with
instruction
designed
to
help
facilitate
global
virtual
team
interactions.

This
paper
will
discuss
the
creation,
implementation
and
revisions
of
this
course’s
first
year
of
implementation.

It
will
highlight
course
content
as
well
as
practical
considerations
in
teaching
such
a
course.



Keywords: Cross-cultural competence, virtual communication, global virtual teams,international education.



Zaugg, H., & Davies, R., & Parkinson, A. R., & Magleby, S. P., & Jensen, G., & Ball, A. G. (2011, June), Creation and Implementation of a Backpack Course to Teach Cross-Cultural and Virtual Communications Skills to Students in an International Capstone Experience Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17679

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