SIETAR Presents: Understanding Misunderstandings in the Era of Globalization

Joe Lurie, UC-Berkeley International House Executive Director Emeritus, will use the implications of the West African proverb, “The Stranger Sees Only What He Knows,” to examine the impact of new media and polarization on our efforts to recognize and respond to misunderstandings. Joe will explore the nature and sources of bias, misunderstanding and cultural disconnects in our hyper-connecting, often polarized world.  With social media such as YouTube and Twitter, as well as refugee movement and fake news all rapidly crossing cultures without context, what’s left is “what the stranger thinks he or she knows” and resultant misunderstanding.  Using examples of […]

International Virtual Exchange Conference: Towards Digital Equality in Internationalization

IVEC is the largest and most prominent event on virtual exchange, providing a forum for an audience of deans, directors, faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and professionals from institutions around the world interested in technology, international education, and new pedagogies. Our last conference welcomed over 350 attendees from 28 countries around the world! Virtual exchange (also known as Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), Globally Networked Learning, or Telecollaboration) extends authentic opportunities for intercultural and transnational learning to students within the curriculum of college and university classrooms.  Through co-developed and co-taught modules, virtual exchange supports the development of 21st-century workforce skills and […]