This fall we’re once again connecting students from our Stanford writing & rhetoric classes with students from the University of Sydney in a whirlwind of 8-video-conferences-in-2-days. This is our 4th or 5th time connecting with Sydney in this way, and each time its a marathon of adrenaline, student excitement, exchanges of materials and ideas, and on-the-spot tech management.
We’re excited this year to have some new Stanford classes joining our exchange. On the roster for the video conferences are:
- The Rhetoric of Advertising (first year students)
- The Rhetoric of Social Networking & Online Privacy (first year students)
- Fake News and the Rhetoric of “Truthiness” (first year students)
- The Rhetoric of Gaming (first year students)
- The Rhetoric of Food Science and Politics (first year students)
- The Rhetoric of India in Global Cinema (second year students)
- Rhetoric and Global Leadership (second year students)
All in all, we may be cycling up to 195 students through our connections with Sydney this week. Our lesson plan is similar to that in past years — a focus on looking at cross-cultural differences through American and Australian political cartoons, and then an activity that asks the students to present on an area of thematic interest to their classes and/or research project.
We would love students who participated in this exchange to leave a comment here for their international group partners, perhaps finishing up an idea that they talked about in the session, reflecting on what they learned, a memorable moment from the video conference and how it went!