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Connect - using video conference to enhance Chinese student integration into UK experience. RuoLan Wang, University of Nottingham. “… embodiment of a modern international university ” – Sunday Times Good University Guide 2011. School of Computer Science Top 10% 2008 RAE

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Connect using video conference to enhance chinese student integration into uk experience

Connect- using video conference to enhance Chinese student integration into UK experience

RuoLan Wang, University of Nottingham


Connect using video conference to enhance chinese student integration into uk experience

“…embodiment of a modern international university” – Sunday Times Good University Guide 2011


Connect using video conference to enhance chinese student integration into uk experience

School of Computer Science

  • Top 10% 2008 RAE

    - Jubilee campus (UK), Ningbo campus (China) and Semenyih campus (Malaysia)

    Division of Computer Science

    (Ningbo, China)

    - 2+2 honours degree programme


Identified issues

Identified Issues

  • Ningbo Chinese students’ difficult of integrating into Nottingham UK taught programme in year 2 (academically and socially)

    - English language proficiency

    - Lack of knowledge of local culture

    - Unfamiliarity of new learning environment etc.

  • Appropriateness of designing and organising socially shared-activity between cohorts


Aims of the project

Aims of the project

  • to smooth Chinese students’ transition from Ningbo to Nottingham

  • to develop student’s international capability

  • to develop an effective and appropriate mechanism for shared T&L and social activities across campuses

  • to increase awareness of issues in transnational higher education


Why video conferencing

Why video conferencing?

  • Well developed

  • Affordable

  • Allows face-to-face / real-time communication regardless distance

  • Sustainable technology

  • Ready to use + on-site IT support


Methodology

Methodology

  • Ethnographic approach - tends to focus on how things are and how they got that way (Wolcott, H. F, 1980). This approach was used primarily to collect personal and qualitative data to form the understanding of the complex situation.

    - Participatory observation / Semi-structured interview / focus group

  • Design-based research (DBR) - practitioners and researchers work together to produce meaningful change in context of practice (The design-based research collective, 2003)

    - Forming a student committee (N=5)

    - Regular meetings / activities design


Themes of the video linked events

Themes of the video-linked events

  • Meeting the first time – Nov 10

    Life in Nottingham/Ningbo: cultural & social aspects of two different cities

  • Celebrating Christmas - Dec 10

    Christmas traditions in the UK/Christmas quiz & price draw

  • Chinese New Year – Feb 11

    CNY celebration in China / activities & price draw

  • Easter & Easter Egg Hunt – Mar 11

    Easter – its origins & meanings / quiz & game playing

  • Coming to Nottingham – May 11

    What should be prepared? / Fresher’s week / Q & A session


Connect using video conference to enhance chinese student integration into uk experience

Video Conferenced Easter Egg Hunt


Student feedback

Student Feedback

  • Familiar with each other’s culture and learning/living environment

  • Made friends prior to their arrival to the UK campus (Chinese)

  • A chance to ask questions face-to-face to their UK peer /Staff (Chinese)

  • Perception changed toward their Chinese peer (UK)

  • Improved communication skill and creativity (both)

  • Fun! (both)


Challenges

Challenges

  • Time difference: 7-8 hours

  • cross-campus communication

  • Technical failure

  • Chairing the social event

  • Uneven number of participants

  • Organising offline communication


Lesson learnt

Lesson learnt

  • Pre-conference connection test

  • Staff participation

  • Event size – no more than 10 people each site

  • Make it clear – clarify the purpose of the event beforehand

  • Allow time to prepare (students)

  • High-context and structured activities

  • Keep it social and informal

  • Off line communication


An example agenda 23 rd march

An Example - Agenda 23rd March

  • 13:00 -13:10 – Greeting + Chinese teaching/learning session (Ningbo – Patrick & Bob)

  • 13:10-13:10 – Chinese New Year celebration (Ningbo-Patrick and Bob)

  • 13:15-13:20 – Easter introduction (Nottingham - Chris)

  • 13:20-13:40 – Easter quiz (8 questions) (Nottingham -Chris)

  • 13:40-14:00 – VC Easter egg hunt (both sites)


Project outcomes

Project Outcomes

  • Video conferencing proved to be an effective method to be used to enhance cross-campus student integration

  • Motivated the UK students’ interests to experience different culture /learning in overseas campuses

  • A student-led website http://2plus2.cs.nott.ac.uk/

  • The project has now been extended to a bigger scope


Connect using video conference to enhance chinese student integration into uk experience

Questions?

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