Implementing a bifurcated design for online international exchange in geography courses

Bolderman, L., Groote, P. D., Hague, E., Boode, H., Timmer, J. & Jager, S., 2019, (Submitted) In : Journal of Virtual Exchange.

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In 2017, The University of Groningen (UG) in The Netherlands and DePaul University in the USA connected undergraduate students in geography courses using an online international exchange (OIE) assignment involving videoconferencing. The UG course was a fieldwork course designed to stimulate experiential learning, in which the OIE functioned as a pre-travel assignment before visiting Chicago. DePaul implemented the OIE in a bachelor-level introduction to urban geography course, where it functioned as an intercultural awareness assignment. The resulting bifurcated OIE design, adapted to local curricular needs, was effective and efficient. Moreover, where the majority of international OIE projects are designed on joint alignment principles, connecting similar courses and developing similar aims and assignments, this particular project shows that a bifurcated set-up with diverging aims and functions can deliver valuable shared learning experiences, especially disciplinary specific knowledge and skills, for students on both sides of the videoconferencing screen.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Virtual Exchange
Publication statusSubmitted - 2019


  • online international exchange, experiential learning, fieldwork, human/urban geography, pre-mobility preparation

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