Note: This session is capped at 14 participants.
Session Description: Studies suggest that the lack of international collaborative projects is still a significant problem in higher education (Cornelius & Greif, 2005). The social work code of ethics identifies cultural competence and knowledge of social diversity as a main ethical responsibility (NASW, 1999), since the lack of international content and communication brings detrimental effects to social work education and professional practice. The use of computer-mediated communication (CMC) is a convenient means of increasing this cultural competence by connecting with individuals in a multicultural world (Ryan 1993). This study aims at examining students’ learning experience in one such intercultural internet project: a semester-long email exchange project that took place in fall 2008 and fall 2009 between American and South Korean social work students. At the end of the semester, the students from both universities who agreed to participate in the study anonymously, completed a survey that gauges what the student learned from this experience. The survey asked closed and open-ended questions surrounding student satisfaction and enhancement of knowledge through the email exchange.
Presented by: Hyong S. Yeom
Monday, March 18, 2013
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
FCSC, Conference Room 5