Teaching via Teleconference: Lessons Learned from an Experimental Course on Russian and American Youth Culture
by Andrea Lanoux
In fall 2011, a colleague at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in St. Petersburg, Irina Shchemeleva, and I launched an experimental course, “The Net Generation: Contemporary Russian and American Youth Cultures,” to develop language and cultural competence in Russian and American students simultaneously via teleconference. The course was team-taught in real time and included thirteen students at HSE in St. Petersburg and eleven students at Connecticut College in New London, CT. The following is a summary of the challenges we faced teaching in a virtual classroom, as well as the successes of this format for those who are interested in forging similar partnerships with institutions abroad.
Read on at http://www.sras.org/teaching_via_teleconference