Egypt-Sweden-USA CCR Connection

Today, students are connecting three ways across three continents. From the American University in Cairo, Egypt to Örebro University in Sweden, all the way to Stanford University in California, students are video-conferencing in real time to discuss cultural blog entries and differences in living accommodations, education, and cultural values (doxa).

According to the Lesson Plan, students will first introduce themselves and then discuss their blog posts that show aspects of their culture.

After sharing their differences, they will be creating a brochure TOGETHER as a team –> and composing a visual argument to launch their imaginary new company.

Students, please take a moment to write a comment on this blog entry with your response to your experiences connecting today. Be sure to include your name and institution.

• What did you learn about rhetoric and cross-cultural communication today?
• How did you resolve any technical difficulties (we know you had some!) What was your solution?
• What was most memorable moment or element of the video-conference exchange? What surprised you the most?
• Explain your GROUP BROCHURE – how did you create it? What does it mean?
• What new insights do you have about diverse cultures or ways of working together that you can use for your future?

Thank you!

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11 Responses to Egypt-Sweden-USA CCR Connection

  1. Glenn & Glen (Ola & Olof) says:

    As always interesting to hear about and discuss different cultures. The technical difficulties was easily dealt with, and we were able to construct an amazing travel agency brochure!

    The most memorable moment of the night was all the yelling from next door. We blame snusmumriken (the green hat man).

    It’d be nice if we could have less items on the agenda so we could discuss the differences and similarities in more depth. As its being done now you almost have to drop the different tasks before you even get started thanks to timeshortage.

    All in all, the evening was NIEC.

  2. Group E Orebro, Hanna and Sebastian says:

    We had a conversation with Paige and David from Stanford, and Inji and Miral from Cairo. As always it’s interesting to take part of foreign cultures, and as always we had some technical difficulties.

    According to the activityplan maybe we should have focused more on the rhetorical perspective. We also felt it’s almost impossible to manage all these activities in this short amount of time, maybe the outcome would have been better if we had less tasks. Then we could have put an greater effort into a deeper analysis.

    The crosscultural discussion is always interesting and uplifting, and it would be great to have more time to discuss our diversities.

    Thank you Inji, Miral, David and Paige!

    Best regards Sebastian and Hannah!

  3. Irene says:

    From the team activity today of creating a travel brochure I learned that we have preconceived notions of each other’s cultures that has been learned through visual rhetoric we encounter in our lives. In discussing AUC’s fashion blog entry I also can acknowledge that fashion is a visual rhetoric that connects us globally and helps us identify with each other.

    We didn’t have many technical difficulties today with the exception of our final product not being able to load to Marratech during the large group sharing. Unfortunately this threw us off and we didn’t realize that we would not get time at the end to come back to explaining our brochure.

    The most memorable experience of the exchange was our flying Swedish pony with it’s original wings that was placed on our brochure to fly from each of our countries to the other. 🙂

    Our group brochure has two slides. One slide depicts a world map where each of us put our country’s flag. We have a flying horse in the center with arrows pointing from one country to another, drawing out its route. The name of our company is Lean Green Rhetoric Machine and we’re about intercultural exchange and travel where you embark on multi-city globetrotting travel experiences. Our second slide depicts important aspects and thoughts on various things that come to mind when we think about our own countries and each other’s.

  4. Rachel Lambert says:

    Today’s cross-cultural exchange was very eye-opening for our group. Technology is pretty amazing these days, but we definitely had our share of gliches. We tried to communicate via the chat box, but some of the technical difficulties and slowness of the technology precluded us from completing all of our tasks to the best of our abilities. I still think we were able to effectively come up with a group ad and name. Our group name was “The Cairo Crescendos and Karriar”. We assimilated aspects of all three languages into this name: “Cairo” represents the Egypt group, “Crescendos” represents the English word for a climax in music, and “Karriar” is the Swedish word for careers. We chose this name based on the common threads between our culture – we all love music and we all hope to be employed after college. Our ad represents the importance of cooperation in business, represented by the handshake, and the score of musical notes imposed on a rainbow represents our varying tastes in music.

  5. Paige Hollen says:

    From today’s cross cultural blogging, I learned many of the similarities and differences of Cairo, California, and Sweden. It was very interesting to see Inji and Miral’s bedrooms as they were video chatting us from them, and it was interesting to talk about the blogs that each of the members in the group posted. Topics ranged from steam tunnel traveling,driving laws (or lack there of), and dorm life. It was very intriguing to see the cultural differences and similarities between three separate countries. We found a similarity of Facebook as a popular icon throughout our areas and decided to make a brochure based off a Facebook t-shirt. We all picked pictures that seemed to symbolize our countries and allure people to come visit in their travels. It was interesting to see the direct contrast of what we felt represented our areas and how they still remained connected by a common thread.

  6. David Chang says:

    Paige and I had the opportunity to discuss visual rhetoric with Miral and Injy from AUC in Egypt and Hannah and Sebastian from Orebro in Sweden. Our cultural artifact ended up being our cell phones. All of our cell phones had features that tells something about our culture. My cell phone had Chinese on it, Sebastian’s cell phone is a Sony Ericsson, representing the pride in Swedish technology. Although Sebastian called it his “shitty phone”.
    Miral and Injy both went to international schools, German and French respectively. Despite our different cultures, we both share a common thread because of our very international educational experience. It was definitely an interesting experience seeing the international educational experience around the world.

  7. Cyana Chilton says:

    Hearing about and seeing (via blog entries) the differences and similarities between American, Egyptian, and Swedish culture was really interesting. The blog post about fashion trends at AUC was great because it had a lot of pictures and the commonalities between American fashion trends and Egyptian ones were surprising. We didn’t have many technical difficulties, and even though it was sometimes confusing and difficult to have so many people trying to contribute ideas in a small period of time, I liked the three-way format a lot.

    Our travel brochure (Irene kind of already described it) had two parts — the first page was a world map with the flags of the US, Sweden, and Egypt connected by arrows and a flying horse in the center of the triangle. However, I thought the second page was more interesting, because we all posted images that represent what we think of each other’s cultures, which was eye-opening and often funny. I really enjoyed the connection and thanks to everyone from Group A!

  8. Alisa Parrett says:

    This connection was not without its share of technical difficulties, but I think that it was very rewarding in terms of learning about different cultures. Natalia, Andrew, and I connected with Linus and Jens from Sweden and Ahmed and Andrew from Egypt. It was really interesting to see how both of the other cultures had been strongly impacted by American culture-the artifact shown to us by Linus and Jens was a Coca-Cola bottle, and Andrew and Ahmed showed us a McDonald’s milkshake.

    Our advertisement reflected this spreading of American culture across the world. We superimposed the McDonald’s golden arches across the Olympic rings, and then filled each ring with a cultural artifact or symbol from each of our cultures. Our team name was “Swegyptamacola,” showing how American companies have blurred cultural boundaries and permeated into the fibers of cultures across the world.

  9. Mirna Awad says:

    i really enjoyed the videoconference since it was my first time to be involved in such type of conference. it was even more exciting because i had the chance to meet people from different cultures; at least in a live contact instead of just reading their blogs which i did like so much too.

    i felt that members of our group A had a chemistry that made many of the tasks required easy and achievable like the travel brochure.

    few technological difficulties were faced. However, they increased at the end of the videoconference session where all the groups and the instructors met and which was due to the slow loading of page and images by Merratech. Also, duplicate messages were written in the chat box that many times i got confused who wrote to us and who wrote to other people.

    it was an amazing experience talking with my group A members.thank you all VERY MUCH….;)

  10. Farah and Nourhan says:

    This whole video conference experience was really interesting, as it was our first time to do anything as such. We liked the fact that we were communicating face to face with international students from Stanford and Sweden, as well as exchanging our cultures. However, there were some technical problems, and the several tasks requiremnts didn’t help as well. But overall, it was a stimualting experience, and we really enjoyed it 🙂 . Thank You All!!!

  11. Small Group Resources says:

    As an interested reader, I came across this blog and thought the idea of connecting and working with students from other countries is an amazing idea. This is something all universities should be getting involved in. The interaction you would have with others would be a great way to gain more insight on other cultures and religions as well as gaining a meaningful experience with others.

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