Dr. Christian Jennerich (Center for Languages and Key Competencies Zessko, Division "Successful Entry into Studies for International Students")
Jörg Seifert (University of Warwick, School of Modern Languages and Cultures) https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/languagecentre/languages/german/
The cooperation project was implemented for the first time in the winter term 2015/16 and has since been an annual component of the courses held at the respective partner universities in the winter term.
At the University of Potsdam, the project is embedded in a course on intercultural competence that is open to german and international students. Participants can reflect on their experiences in Germany or abroad, prepare themselves interculturally for a planned stay abroad, and/or have the course count towards the additional certificate "Intercultural Competence in Study and Work"
While for the partners at the University of Warwick the acquisition of the German language through contact and exchange with native speakers is in the foreground, the joint activities for the participants in Potsdam are primarily aimed at
The study of central cultural concepts, cultural differences, the formation of stereotypes and selected processes of identity formation within the framework of the seminar is supplemented in a very practical way: by work in internationally mixed groups, through which an examination of culturally determined communication styles in everyday life as well as in science is promoted and one's own (culturally influenced) points of view are reflected upon.
By supporting self-organized learning activities in the groups, the learner autonomy of the students should also be further promoted.
If possible, both courses take place on the same days of the week with a time overlap of 45 min, so that synchronous meetings or the exchange of students in the context of their group work are possible during the seminar time.
Before the start of the cooperation, the students are registered on the cooperation platform.
In the course at the University of Potsdam, active participation in the course events, a presentation on a topic chosen by the student from a list of topics, and active participation in the exchange and activities of the cooperation phase are required for the acquisition of 3 credit points.
Google Currents (for educational institutions and companies), for which the University of Warwick holds a license, is used as the central platform. A prerequisite for the Potsdam students is the creation of an account via the partner university. For communication between teachers and students at UP, e-mail is also used. The use of further tools and applications for self-organization of group/partner activities is the responsibility of the students.
From the teachers' point of view, the following aspects are considered positive based on several years of experience:
*Special consideration for the design was given to Gilly Salmon's five-step model for online collaboration.
The following aspects in particular should be seen as regular, but fundamentally manageable challenges:
(Referencing several student feedbacks in the presentation.)