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Spring 2020 CLICK Projects

The spring semester certainly presented its challenges, but we are happy to report on 3 successful CLICK projects that ran despite COVID and a quick shift to online instruction. Below we share their goals and project descriptions.

55 students, 7 teachers, 4 campuses, 3 CLICK projects.

“The French-American Film Connection”


University Partners: Middlesex CC, IUT Cachan (Paris Saclay)

Discipline (Course): Film Club, English for Mechanical Engineers

Project Summary: In international teams, students chose a topic and wrote, filmed and edited a short film accessible to English and French audiences (3-8 minutes).

Project Length: 11 weeks

Technology Tools: Zoom, WhatsApp, Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, Youtube

Team details: Teachers - 2 US, 1 FR; Students - 7 US, 5 FR

Objectives:

  • Produce a joint French/American final short film project

  • Collaboration:

  • Works respectfully and equitably within a small group in order to complete a multi-step project

  • Demonstrates the ability to create a film proposal, goals, purpose, plan, outline (or script), film and create a final cut.

  • Manage time and deadlines to produce their assignments across time zones

  • Online Citizenship:

  • Creates/contributes to empathetic and meaningful interaction by building on the cultural and linguistic diversity of on-line communication

  • Demonstrates a positive attitude towards cultural and linguistic diversity in on-line communication

  • Effective Use of Technology:

  • Demonstrates proficiency in 4-5 technological tools: Zoom, Whatsapp, Google Docs, and other defined software applications in order to build the project with an international team.

“International Banking”


University Partners: Housatonic CC, IUT Sceaux (Paris Saclay)

Discipline (Course): Business/Marketing, English for Business/Marketing

Project Summary: Students worked in international teams to perform a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis on an international bank. They completed a preliminary grid with the information they obtained. Then, they surveyed other students to find out what potential consumers are looking for in a bank. Finally they gave a presentation as the main component of the capstone project. The presentation included their findings from the surveys they conducted as well as recommendations to improve the bank.

Project Length: 4 weeks

Technology Tools: Zoom, WhatsApp, Google Classroom, Google Suite, Survey Monkey

Team details: Teachers - 1 US, 1 FR; Students - 14 US, 19 FR

Objectives

  • Demonstrate ability to use SWOT analysis, survey methods and also analyse data and act on results;

  • Show evidence of appropriate use of technologies for cross-country team work including Google-classroom, google docs, google-forms, WhatsApp, Zoom/Skype, power-point/slides

  • Demonstrate ability to communicate complex ideas in English to different audiences;

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a cross-national, cross-cultural team;

  • Creates/contributes to empathetic and meaningful interaction by building on the cultural and linguistic diversity of communication

  • Demonstrates a positive attitude towards cultural and linguistic diversity in on-line communication

“Impact of National Cultures in Web Design”


University Partners: Northwestern CT CC, IUT Sceaux (Paris Saclay)

Discipline (Course): Business/Marketing, Business/Marketing

Project Summary: In international teams, students analyzed the websites for McDonalds, Starbucks and Disney World. They identified best practices, made comparisons between websites, and offered recommendations for improvement.

Project Length: 6 weeks

Technology Tools: Facebook Private Group, WhatsApp, Zoom

Team details: Teachers - 1 US, 1 FR; Students - 4 US, 6 FR

Objectives

  • Determine and analyze the differences between effective practices in france and the US

  • Ameliorate the current website with the improvement recommendations, comparing best practices in the host country and other countries

  • Be able to understand different terminology used across countries

  • Work effectively in a cross-national team, managing time zones and international communication technologies to produce a final team project

Are you interested in getting started with virtual exchange and designing your own CLICK project? Register for a workshop or contact us today!



July 7, 2020

@AlexaJeffress






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