Today, an increasing number of higher education institutions are recognizing the importance of preparing students to communicate, live, and work effectively with others from different cultural backgrounds (Appiah-Kubi, 2020; Eliyahy-Levi, 2020; Iuspa, 2019). Providing opportunities for students to travel abroad has been an integral part of the higher education experience for many years. However, with the global pandemic resulting in limited travel, universities are developing new and innovative ways to provide international experiences for students. The purpose of this project was to explore an international virtual student collaboration between two universities, one in the United States and one in Australia. Eight students were matched across universities to examine how each of their countries approached identification, treatment, educational placements, and societal attitudes for children with disabilities. Each two-person team focused on one of these areas. Students worked together, using their choice of a social media platform, to conduct research and organize their own approach to completing the project. For the final product, students developed a presentation of their findings to share with the virtual class. Although it is important to have input from the faculty on the success of this project, it seems more relevant to hear from some of the student participants and their reflections on the international collaboration.
Spencer, V. G., & Smith, C. A. (2021). Using a virtual format to support student learning across cultures, countries and disciplines. In W. B. James, C. Cobanoglu, & M. Cavusoglu (Eds.), Advances in global education and research (Vol. 4, pp. 1–5). USF M3 Publishing. https://www.doi.org/10.5038/9781955833042
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