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Fall 2020 CLICK Modules
The fall semester has been another one full of challenges, from unexpected budgeting constraints and travel restrictions to totally online classes, unpredictable hybrid classes, or another round of abrupt transitioning online and rewriting syllabi due to lockdowns. Despite these stressful situations and the numerous added responsibilities of many of our CLICK teachers, we had two full-fledged, wildly successful CLICK modules that ran this semester!
I love that the projects help my students build confidence. French students are often scared of speaking English and CLICK projects definitely help them see there is no reason to be scared. --A CLICK teacher
Below we share their goals and project descriptions.
52 students, 6 teachers, 4 campuses, 2 CLICK projects.
“Yes! Oui! Done deal. Affaire conclue”
PD: The project logo of the words "Yes Oui" in large white letters on a pink and orange background
University Partners: Housatonic Community College, CT and IUT de Cachan (Université Paris-Saclay)
Discipline (Course): Business and Entrepreneurship | English for Engineering, Management and Communication
Project Summary: International student teams navigated time zones and technologies to create a collaborative business project and designed a global product or service launch. For the capstone project, students pitched their launch ideas to the other teams.
Project Length: 11 weeks
Technology Tools: Zoom, WhatsApp, Google Classroom, Google Drive, Youtube
Team details: Teachers - 2 US, 2 FR; Students - 6 US, 6 FR
Cooperate in a team on collaborative writing such as email, digital communications, report writing, and social media
Engage in cross-cultural learning by recognizing, respecting, and reflecting on cultural norms
Use verbal communication skills to make presentations, differentiate cultural communication norms, and resolve conflict
Recognize the value of cross-cultural team collaboration to create, manage, and present projects and ideas
21st Century Skills:
Summarize, analyze and evaluate primary and secondary research for content and validity
Undertake international projects for intercultural competence development in a period when almost all travel abroad is prohibited
“E^3: Engineering Expertise Exchange”
PD: The project logo of two profiles of human heads made out of gears facing one another. Gears in green come from one head and gears in purple from another, meeting in the middle. Around the heads one sees the logos of each campus and the name of the project, all surrounded in a cylinder shape.
University Partners: Middlesex Community College, CT and Polytech (Université Paris-Saclay)
Discipline (Course): Introduction to Engineering | English for Engineering
Project Summary: The US and French students interviewed one another to decide on their teams, discussing different fields of engineering and what the French students did in their companies during their apprenticeship. In international teams, students created a script for a presentation based on a topic that interested the team and ample research on that topic. For the capstone project, students recorded a video or talking PowerPoint to share their research with the other teams and reflected on how each team member helped one another in the collaboration.
Project Length: 11 weeks
Technology Tools: Blackboard Collaborate, WhatsApp, linkr Education, YouTube, Google Drive
Team details: Teachers - 1 US, 1 FR; Students - 20 US, 20 FR
Communication as Engineers:
Apply principles of engineering theory and oral communication skills to make explainer videos together in groups
Apply principles of engineering theory and written communication skills to write, review, and comment on the blogs on various engineering topics
Work respectfully and equitably within a small group in order to complete a multi-step project
Demonstrate ability to help the group manage time and deadlines to produce their assignments across time zones
Create/contribute to empathetic and meaningful interaction by building on the cultural and linguistic diversity of online communication
Demonstrate a positive attitude towards cultural and linguistic diversity in online communication
21st Century Skills:
Demonstrate proficiency in 4-5 technological tools: linkr Ed, Zoom, WhatsApp, Google Docs, in order to build a project within an international team
Here's what two students had to say about their CLICK modules:
"I really enjoyed this project, it forced me to step out of my comfort zone, and do what I never thought I would do (speak publicly, work internationally, create a product). This project helped me finalize my thoughts about my future with my business degree. It made me realize I want to further my studies within international business."
"The greatest reward for me was getting to interact with people from a different country. I’ve always wanted to get to know people from Europe and get to know more about their culture. I’m glad that we were able to create a friendship and hopefully in the near future we can remain in contact and possibly meet when traveling isn’t as complicated now due to COVID. At first I was nervous to do this project but I’m glad I was able to experience this project."
December 14, 2020