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JOINT BULGARIAN-COSTA RICAN STUDENTS PROJECTS: AN ATTEMPT AT COLLABORATIVE ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LEARNING

Aneta Stefanova, Aurora Gómez Jiménez

Abstract

In a changing world, future professionals need to engage in active thinking as global citizens for a sustainable and balanced development of societies. Study abroad programs offer students an opportunity for intercultural experiences. However, the real number of students who can take these opportunities to study abroad is still limited: only 1,8%; meaning that only 2 students in 100 go to study abroad globally[1] (UIS, 2016).There is an urgent need to incorporate an additional tactic and blend the physical mobility with a technology-based modality to enhance intercultural dialogue and promote global understanding, to overcome stereotypes and intolerance among cultures. Technology becomes a key source to reach this objective.

Using technology to facilitate these exchanges is known as Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)[2]. It refers to the collaboration with peers from partner institutions in geographically distant locations, under the guidance of educators and/or expert facilitators to foster intercultural dialogue and the development of digital and critical literacies as well as foreign language skills.


[1] UNESCO Institute for Statistics.(2016,February). http://www.uis.unesco.org/Education/Pages/international-student-flow-viz.aspx

[2] Position paper: Virtual Exchange in the European Higher Education Area. http://uni-collaboration.eu/sites/default/files/Position%20paper_0.pdf


Keywords

collaborative online international learning, intercultural competence, stu-dents` projects, sustainable tourism, language skills

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References

Huber Josef. Developing Intercultural Competence through Education. (2014) Pezztalozzi Series N.3. Strasbourgh, France. Council of Europe.

European Commission Position paper: Virtual Exchange in the European Higher Education Area.

The Economist (2008). The Future of High Education: How Technology will shape Learning. Economist Intelligence Unit.

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UNESCO Institute for Statistics (2016, February). Global Flow of Tertiary-Level Students.


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