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Students from Groningen and Mexico collaborate online on child welfare project

Date:04 October 2017
Author:Mónica Lopez Lopez and Mijntje ten Brummelaar, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences
Youth 0-21 Society and Policy
Youth 0-21 Society and Policy

During September and October 2017, students from the Mastertrack Youth Society and Policy (YSP) of the University of Groningen and students from the master school Psychology at UNAM in Mexico will participate in the Online International Exchange (OIE) programme. The project is part of the ENVOIE project recently started in the University of Groningen. 

In order to create an international exchange, students from both countries will work together online by using Blackboard and Blackboard Collaborate.  As part of the online international exchange, students will focus on a specific and contemporary challenge of the child welfare system facing children and youth day in Mexico and the Netherlands.

The YSP students are matched with their colleagues from UNAM and together they have chosen a contemporary challenge of the child welfare system to analyse, with a comparative perspective, how the issue has been addressed in both countries.   Together they will write a report in which they present the situation in both countries and make a comparison. In the report, attention will be given to the differences and similitudes between both countries. Students from both countries will be in charge of communicating effectively all the information to their counterparts in the other country and providing them with the necessary literature for them to understand the challenge analysed.   

It is expected that the students from both countries have a series of online contacts to clarify questions, review the information provided from the other country and ensure that the information is correctly. During the course, they will write a log or diary narrating their experience and reflecting on the knowledge acquisition process.   After this, the students from the RUG will provide a 30 minute presentation for their fellow classmates about the contemporary challenge addressed in the report and participate in a debate with students and professors.