OIL (Online International Learning) projects provide collaborate opportunities for students to both research and learn together from a variety of different countries. These projects can take place in ‘real-time’ and ‘asynchronously’, which means students from different nations, societies and cultures can interact and work together both ‘live’ and at different times.
Benefits to students
- Interact, engage and collaborate with peers they would have not otherwise have the chance to work with.
- Share understanding of one another’s societies, ways of living, and perspectives to develop valuable intercultural skills and mutual understanding.
- Observe, listen and learn about differences in communication style, non-verbal cues and body Language; increasing their Intercultural Communication capacity for understanding and managing interactions in diverse, complex and novel scenarios.
- Experience, interact and gain insight into cultural differences in human relationships, behaviour and communication that are relevant to their discipline; enhancing their ability to effectively manage and appropriately respond to diverse opinions, beliefs and values that might be different to their own.
- Develop digital skills that are key to life in the 21st Century, especially those that will enable them to participate in team-work involving networks of geographically-dispersed professionals.