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Saturday, March 17 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
The power of synchronous sessions: mirroring best practices in the business world

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It’s one thing to be in a virtual and international team. It’s quite another to have meaningful interaction with the people you’re COILing with. Any lecturer who has done synchronous work in his/her classroom, has seen the powerful effect of face to face meetings. When students meet and interact with each other, cross cultural learning occurs. Seeing the context of your counterparts, be it the school or their homes, helps create better understanding and collaboration. Yet, synchronous sessions are perceived as difficult, due to either technology or time differences. When synchronous work is done, it’s often a lecture or other type of plenary session. This, in our mind, does not resemble the professional situation we aim to prepare our students for: remote team work.

Why this is a missed opportunity and how to maximize the online time together, is the topic of this presentation.

In this session, we share not only our experience with synchronous sessions, but we take it to the next level: what if, during your class, students collaborate real time and as a real remote team? While difficult to accomplish, having had the experience of both a synchronous and an asynchronous COIL project, we have learned that communication increases dramatically between teams when consistent live communication is employed. As one student said, “you can’t pick up on someone’s emotions about something” [through Slack].

This presentation explores how to facilitate and coach the process to train students professional skills through synchronous online interaction.

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Eva Haug

Coordinator Internationalisation, Amsterdam UAS
Eva Haug, MA, Amsterdam UAS, Faculty of Business and Economics, is the Internationalisation- and COIL coordinator at the Business School, and develops internationalization policy and strategies. The focus of her policies is on Internationalisation at Home, which includes COIL as a... Read More →

Mindy Kole

Assistant Professor, Ulster Community College
Mindy Kole, Assistant Professor of Business and Director of the Darlene L. Pfeiffer Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at SUNY Ulster. Mindy has presented her work, including development of a student-run business, at NACCE (National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship... Read More →

Saturday March 17, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Room 9 FIT Conference Center