Going Global

Can university students' awareness and understanding of global citizenship be promoted through intercultural encounters with students from other universities? This project explores this through the application of computer supported collaborative learning.

This project will pilot international, intercultural dialogue between the University of Bristol, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Stellenbosch University, using bespoke facilitated video conferencing.

Generation Global brings together students aged 12-17 from over 40 countries to engage in online discussion. The organisation aims to promote knowledge, understanding and skills to help navigate difference and ‘otherness’ in a peaceful and constructive way. They explore difficult discussions around difference in religious and non-religious beliefs and political opinions.

The team would like to see if they can extend this success to a university context. Currently, developing ‘soft skills’ and humanistic concerns of this nature tends to be side-lined by academic learning and successful performance. To ‘live well’ in a multicultural world, graduates need the capacity to navigate the complexities, diversities and uncertainties it brings. They must be able to live alongside, work with and relate to peers with a wide range of cultures, beliefs, values and perspectives.

What is being created?

Together the team will prepare and participate in an online training session and two online discussions using computer supported collaborative learning. The sessions will involve groups of students from three universities: University of Bristol, UK, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Through these sessions the team will also create an online canvas of responses and reflections from students taking part in the project.

Who are the team and what do they bring?

  • Dr Janet Orchard (Education) is experienced in translating dialogical practices of teaching from schools to higher education settings.
  • Dr Sally Wan (Chinese University of Hong Kong) has experience of local and international collaborative studies using computer supported collaborative learning.
  • Nuraan Davids (Stellenbosh University)
  • Jo Malone (Generation Global) has experience creating classroom dialogue materials and managing over 4000 global video conferences.
  • Bridget Anderson (Sociology, Politics and International Studies and Migration Mobilities Institute) has an interest in in-depth theoretical constructions of the ‘other’ through law and policy.
  • Pier-Luc Dupont Picard (Sociology, Politics and International Studies) researches the interplay between human rights, education, discrimination, public policies and prejudice.

“It is exciting to see and international partnership that seeks to understand others and so enables us to live well together.” Brigstow