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Learning with students from National Chiayi University in Taiwan

June 29, 2021

The Global Communication Workshop (GCW), offered by Dr.Chu at the Global Education Center (GEC), is a 10-week program which provide training on communication across cultures though the means of giving presentations in formal situations. Students are provided with both opportunities to give real-time and asynchronous presentations to international audiences, as well as receiving feedback international partners based on a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) approach.

In collaboration with Dr. Angel Chen at National Chiayi University in Taiwan, SU students delivered presentations to two different groups of Taiwanese students, who were either enrolled in an international etiquette course or an interpersonal communication course. In the real-time presentation, from a mock conference approach, SU students individually presented on different topics under the theme of Japanese etiquette and culture. Dr.Chu and Dr. Chen mediated the mock conference while Taiwanese students raised questions for all GCW participants. The 2-hour mock conference COIL provided and authentic experience for SU students to present and respond to international audiences.

Aside from the experiential components in GCW, students are also guided to reflect on how successful their presentation is from the perspective of both the speaker and the audience. Skills are taught on how to maintain the attention of the audience, and logic is emphasized throughout the presentation, so that students are able to reach the goal of GCW - to be able to communicate persuasively through formal presentations.

In the asynchronous COIL, students researched and presented on different topics to explore Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SU students presented on social and environmental problems that are happening in Japan. Taiwanese students watch the presentation videos, and provided feedback to the presentations with specific emphasis on sharing the situation in Taiwan. Through this exchange, students not only learned about SDGs and related problems that are occurring in both Japan and Taiwan, they also exchanged ideas on how to contribute to SDGs together.

The Global Education Center will continue to develop and implement new educational programs for With and After Covid-19, while utilizing online and other resources.

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