New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
This paper presents an online course for international mechanical engineering students, which was introduced in 2014 and had been carried out a second time in late summer 2015. Two perspectives inspire the course’s educational concept. On the one hand it is designed to pre-pare students for their future period of studies in an international master degree program at a German university. As the students, who sign up for this master program, come from all over the world, they all have differing cultural background and are used to different educational systems. Hence, the course’s intention is to bring them into contact with the German culture and the educational system they will be facing later on. Additionally they are enabled to come into contact with their future classmates at a very early stage. On the other hand the course is designed to enable the students in general to work effectively in international teams, which can be seen as one of the future core competence for engineers needed in professional con-texts, either at scientific institutions or in industry. This requires that the students develop practice based intercultural competences in real intercultural situations during their studies. The presented course offers such an opportunity in an online environment. As the course is fully taught online, students can stay in their home country while course participation. Using AdobeConnect as an instructional resource opens up the opportunity to run live online class sessions just as in a real classroom. That means that the participating students are present “on-ly” via Internet but work together in a transnational environment. During the course the stu-dents work in culturally mixed international teams, answer questions about their prospective destination or future mobility concepts for big cities and make use of remote laboratory equipment for basic engineering experimentation. The remote experimentation is one of the core activities during the course and with this the presented course is an example for a course design that aims at both intercultural as well technical competence development as equal course objectives.
May, D., & Tekkaya, A. E. (2016, June), Using Transnational Online Learning Experiences for Building International Student Working Groups and Developing Intercultural Competences Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27171
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