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1 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

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

3 School of Computer Science -Top 10% 2008 RAE - Jubilee campus (UK), Ningbo campus (China) and Semenyih campus (Malaysia) Division of Computer Science (Ningbo, China) honours degree programme Subject knowledge English language International capability

4 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

5 Aims of the project to smooth Chinese students transition from Ningbo to Nottingham to develop students 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

6 Why video conferencing? Well developed Affordable Allows face-to-face / real-time communication regardless distance Sustainable technology Ready to use + on-site IT support

7 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

8 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? / Freshers week / Q & A session

9 Video Conferenced Easter Egg Hunt

10 Student Feedback Familiar with each others 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)

11 Challenges Time difference: 7-8 hours cross-campus communication Technical failure Chairing the social event Uneven number of participants Organising offline communication

12 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

13 An Example - Agenda 23 rd 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)

14 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 The project has now been extended to a bigger scope

15 Questions?


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