Use of New Media in Intercultural Communication Education

A few months ago, Sachiyo Shearman and Mariko Eguchi shared a request for participants in a survey they were conducting about the use of new media when teaching intercultural communication. They have now completed the survey and compiled the results, which they are making available to CID readers.

Here’s their conclusion:

“The majority of professors and instructors who we have surveyed use some form of experiential learning, ranging from in-class role playing, case studies, and simulation games, and to the assignments that involve intercultural contacts. Only about one third of instructors who we surveyed actually have incorporated computer-mediated intercultural encounter into their classes, and some ideas includes online guest lectures, in-class video-conferencing interview sessions, and using programs such as Soliya Net. We can categorize a variety of new media: asynchronous or synchronous platforms, text-based or audio/video based, or first generation or second generation web technology. There are benefits and limitations for each type of new media and examples are discussed in the chapter. Nowadays, we tend to combine these different types of new media, as we use it in our classroom. Our intention is not to say that new media technology is better than the conventional approaches to the intercultural pedagogy. All of the approaches of intercultural communication teaching – lectures, intercultural training, and study abroad programs, are indispensable. We believe that the use of new media in intercultural communication provides us with an additional valuable approach for us to facilitate students’ learning at the multi-dimensional level. When computer-mediated intercultural contacts are provided, students are actively engaged as they interact with students in other countries.”

Their results are being published as:
Shearman, S. M. & Eguchi, M. (Forthcoming). “I have to text my classmate in China!”: Use of new media in intercultural communication classes toward multidimensional learning. In N. Bilge & M. I. Marino (Eds.), Reconceptualizing New Media and Intercultural Communication in a Networked Society.

 

Survey: New Media in Intercultural Communication Courses

Use of New Media in Intercultural Communication Courses – Call for Survey Participants

Sachiyo Shearman and Mariko Eguchi are conducting an online survey about the use of new media in intercultural communication courses among those who teach Intercultural Communication, Cross-cultural Communication, or the courses with another title which deals with Culture and Communication.  If you currently teach intercultural communication courses or if you have taught intercultural  communication courses in the past, please consider participating in this survey.

This survey takes no more than 10 minutes to complete.  The first page provides the informed consent form of the study with more details.

If you are interested in getting the summary of this survey, please contact Sachiyo Shearman via email.

Feel free to share this link with instructors who teach intercultural communication, or other related courses.