This week students at Stanford and University of Sydney are connecting for a series of video conferences in which they will practice their intercultural presentation skills. This is the fourth time that we’ve had this exchange in the last couple years; it’s a series of marathon sessions where students from a variety of classes (on Social Media, Intercultural Communication, Identity, the Rhetoric of Deception, Ethics, and even Fake News) share a very brief presentation featuring a moment of analysis or a glimpse into their research.
For almost all of these students, it’s their first CCR connection, and a pretty intense experience as they move through a shared analysis of political cartoons (for instance, this Australian comic) and then into their own presentations and discussion. The tech works pretty well, though Marratech tends to be a little rougher around the edges than Skype and there occasionally are some intermittent sound glitches. All told, however, it tends to be a memorable experience.
We’d love to hear feedback from the students who participated in these connections. If you’d like, leave us a comment to let us know:
- What did you learn about intercultural communication and rhetoric across cultures from this video exchange?
- What was most memorable moment or element of the exchange? What surprised you the most?
- What new insights do you have that you can use for your presentation, your research project, or future intercultural communications?