Class Discussions

December 12th –  Looking to the future

The required components of this final assignment are:
A stand-alone digital presentation or video and associated text script that includes:

  1. Your final vision of globalization in 2050
  2. A timeline of globalization events from 2018 to 2050: what needs to happen to make your final vision possible?
  3. Your advice to all educational institutes: How should we prepare students for this globalized world?
  4. Complete citations for all information sources consulted. Include YOUR original content only, including images, or

* Transatlantic Stars (Carolina, Carly, Victoria, Wanda, and Wendy); timeline

* Team Anime – team page (Alyssa, Carol, Macy, Marlene, Michelle, Sophiana)**video size**

* Game of Phones (Barbara, Casper, Grace, Maia, Natasha). timeline

* Team Nusal (Jody, Jonas, Katie, Nikki, Sam) ** upload powerpoint to desktop**

December 5: Saint Nicolas Day!

9.30/15.30 Welcome to class: an introduction
Changing traditions:  Sinterklaas Day
– Behind the controversy:  Why blackface is still a part of Dutch holidays

9.45/15.45 The Reframe:Teams will connect and look at another teams’ timeline.Trans Atlantic stars look at Game of Phones and vice versa

NUSAL looks at Anime and vice versa.

10.00 What does this mean for your own timeline? Finalize your vision of the Future and the timeline. Take the DESTEP factors into consideration Demographic, Economic, Scientific, Technological, Ecological and Political

After class:

Make sure you check all of your work on the final grading sheet. Are they complete?

Finish your final assignment: Globalisation Time Capsule 

Deadline is Tuesday December 11thh – 6pm Arlington time for uploading

November 28: Intercultural teams connect today!
9.30/15.30 Predictions and Hopes for the Future of Globalization.
Through a methodology called Causal Layered Analyses (Sohail Inayatullah), we try to unpack our predictions and dreams for the Future. Where do they come from? We  will look at:
           Litany: the headlines, what we see in society,  what is tangible?
           System: what are the underlying structures?
           Worldview: what are our assumptions?
           Myth: what is the hidden emotional narrative?
10.45/16.45 Teams connect to compare notes and start working on their Future Timeline. You start by formulating a shared vision of the future of Globalization in 2058, and then through backcasting you make your way back to 2018. What needs to happen to make your vision a reality? Check out the assignment for instructions: Globalisation Time Capsule
After class:

1) Blogpost #7 What have you learned in the course? (REQUIRED POST Due by December 4th Arlington time midnight)

  1. Review the materials you have created –photos, notes, blog posts, personal insights, presentations, team discussions. Review your blog posts and the posts of others in our class. Reflect on what you learned in this course by addressing these questions using specific examples:
  • Describe your journey in understanding of the complexity of globalization and intercultural communication.
    – How has each course activity helped you gain an understanding of the process of
    globalization and intercultural communication?
    –  Next, address how these two processes are related.
  • Can you think of moments that were eye-opening or that changed your way of thinking?
  1. Based on your experiences in this course, what advice would you give to other students
    who are taking this course in the future?

2) Revising the photo essay if needed.

3) Finalize the vision of the Future of Globalization and create a draft timeline. Deadline December 4, 6 pm Arlington Time, post timeline on your Intercultural teampage.

November 14: Synchronous session
9.30 – 10.00 Connect and Introduction(The :Polak Game)
10.00 – 11.00 Futures Literacy: the context of this capability and methodology, developed by UNESCO.
11.00  Introduction Final Project: Globalisation Time Capsule
After class:
Make sure you are up to date with your blogs!
Read Riel Miller’s: Embracing Complexity”

November 7th
9:30 – 10:30 Class discussion of photo’s selected: Name your weakest shot
10:30 : Intercultural Teams meet to finalize your essay: 
  • Clearly identify your 10 photos in your team’s GoogleDrive folder – which are your best 10. These should be image files that are renamed with an identifying label. Put everything else in a subfolder for use later. 
  • Write a short description( 2 sentences) and a longer description for each of the 10 photos – clearly identifying which goes with which. This description can be in a the form of a Word document or a Google Document.After class –Loes and Janine will upload the information to Spacetime once all the kinks are worked out – no worries!
    After class:

    Blog Post  #6 Seeing globalization in your community
    (after photo essay is submitted and before November 13th 6 pm Arlington time)

    1. Reflect on taking photos that you took for this project:
    • Based on your observations what evidence of migration did you find between this area and other regions of the world?
    • What do observations say about the process of globalization?
    • On a more individual note:
      – What photos impressed you, or surprised you?
      – What do you think about your personal place — do you feel most connected to
      the local community (of Groningen or Arlington) or the global village?

    2.. How did each member of your group share their own unique perspective when touring
    the community? How did you take advantage of diverse perspectives when creating
    your final project?  Describe some of the conversations that you shared while in the

November 6th . [Voting day in the US]
The revised syllabus says “Prepare presentation in SpaceTime [Upload photo’s before Nov 6th, 6 pm Arlington Time]” but many of you are experiencing technical difficulties. Do what you can.  Come to class tomorrow ready to share where you are and any specific difficulties that you experienced. If you were able to upload, be prepared to describe how you did this as well. For example, did Marymount students take advantage of your teammates knowledge of Dutch to navigate unfamiliar territory?

See everyone tomorrow……
Janine en Loes


October 31st

All teams connect at 15.30 Netherlands time, this is 10.30 US time. This week we are only 5 hours apart, so pay attention!
To the students at Hanze:  Loes will be in Marrakech, Morocco this week, working on a project for UNESCO (you will hear more about this later…), so you can use the classroom or connect remotely.  It is important that all teams connect and work together in this stage of the course. Use the time wisely!
  • SpaceTime Layers: please check whether you have the app on you phone, and that you can access the layers. 
  • Watch the Space Time tutorial 
  • Upload your photos to the class Google drive. Make sure you add a (Word/Google) document with short descriptions/caption of each photo.
  • During the class you will use this peer review form to make a critical selection of the best photos. This form will be uploaded to the drive just before class.
  • After the review process, select your best photo and upload one to your own layer in the Space Time app. This is a test drive to ensure you can do it!

After class
Blog Post #5: The Intercultural Paradox 
[Due Tuesday Nov. 6th, 6 pm Arlington Time]
After reading The Intercultural Paradox  think about how can you use van Asperen’s conceptual framework to better understand our work in this course.

  • Describe your thoughts on how the us-them dynamic applies to our research looking for global connections in the local community.
  • Describe her idea of Communicative Moral Universalism. Next, apply her ideas to your group’s intercultural collaboration in a globally networked classroom like ours?

Timezone alert! 

Please be aware that coming Sunday morning (Nov 28) Day Light Saving Time ends in The Netherlands, and the clock will be moved back for one hour. In The Netherlands we call this: ending summertime, entering wintertime. This means that the time difference between the US and The Netherlands will be 5 hours, for exactly one week. On the first Sunday in November the US will end its daylight saving time as well and we go back to 6 hours time difference. For the class on Wednesday this means that you can connect from 14.30 onwards.


October 24th
Marymount students meet on campus – Hanze students on fall break.

  1. How are we doing? About reflection & the process of experiential learning:

Blog evaluation scale:
0  points = No entry. Full credit is only awarded for posts uploaded by the due dates.
6-7  points = Your answer lacks enough detail to fully address the prompt. We can’t tell what you’ve learned.
8-9  points = Your answer addresses the prompt and gives a basic understanding what we are doing in class. Try reaching beyond the surface as you move forward.
10  points = Hooray! Your answer addresses the prompt and you offer some insights on the connection between globalization, intercultural communication and the course activities.

2.  About migration:  As you watch these video clips, note the personal stories that are being shared:

  1. What are some of the similarities in the experiences of those who are telling their migration story?
  2. Each clip uses different terms to refer to migrants: Illegal immigrants/undocumented. An NPR link explains the discussion of this terminology in the United States. Do you think these differences in terminology are important or just a matter of word choice?
  3. Are the stories shared in these clips limited to the experiences of these individuals or do they suggest broader global trends?

After class:

Now you have finished your first assignment, it is time to reflect upon your collaboration. Please use the following prompt for your next blog.

Blog post #4: What we learn is also how we learn.
What have you learned from completing your first intercultural team project [the globalization timeline]? Address the following elements in your response:

  • What factors influenced your interactions (such as time zone differences, personal experiences, your subculture(s) or a particular situation)?
  • Think about the communication process between the members of your team so far. What would you do differently if you repeated this assignment?

Submit by Oct 20th, 6 pm Arlington Time

Class Notes – Wednesday Oct. 10th

Where we live influences how we experience globalization. By comparing our experiences, we can appreciate how these differences contribute to the complexities associated with globalization.

In the next assignment, look for key landmarks of globalization suggested by the article “The Globalization Timeline.” Keep in mind that this is 2018 – so you need to extend their ideas to account for events over the last fifteen years. Let’s take a look at your timelines:

How can we locate visual evidence of global connections to other regions of the world on maps of Groningen and Arlington?  The next project focuses on the built environment (buildings, billboards, shop signs, statues, etc. found in public spaces do NOT photograph people as an indicator of globalization. Working with the members of your intercultural team, you will upload your final photos to the Spacetime App [Android; IOS] to a class map of the global connections found in both communities. Each team will work on a different layer of the map. Teams are assigned as follows (Photo Essay Revised directions for further detail). 

  • Team Transatlantic Stars: Verlengde Hereweg/Ballston-Buckingham
  • Team Game of Phones: Folkingestraat/Clarendon-Courthouse
  • Team Anime: Korreweg/Columbia Pike
  • Team Nusal: Nwe & Oude Ebbingestraat/ Lee Highway

GUEST SPEAKER – Patrick Trentelman

  1. Spacetime Layers – Global Citizen Tutorial
  2. Oosterhoogebrugschool op het journaal met Spacetime*
  3. Spacetime Layers App

*If you do not speak Dutch, you can ask your classmates who know multiple languages to translate!

Wednesday October 3

The Globalization Timeline

This class you will present your timeline in the groups at Hanze and Marymount. Each of you will provide feedback in a peer review session. After the presentations and discussions you will break out into your Intercultural team to compare notes and start working on the final Timeline.

Peer review questions are for example:

What is the definition of Globalization?

What evidence is presented for a connection between  “the global imaginary” [people’s increasing
awareness that global interconnections shape their lives] and the events that the group selected that
lead up to the emergence of globalization?

Which dimensions of globalization are reflected in the events selected?

After class:

Finalize edits to Globalization Timeline, digitalize and  post on your Intercultural Teampage [timeline due Tuesday Oct. 9th by 6:00 pm Arlington time]

Make sure you are up to date with your blogs


Wednesday September 26

The Globalization Timeline

This class you will start working on the first team assignment.

After reading “The Globalization Timeline, you have developed your team’s definition of globalization. Identify the relevant elements, synthesized from multiple credible sources that impacted your team members’ community over the

In class The Arlington group will study the Groningen community to identify these elements, and the
Groningen community should study Arlington.

When we connect as teams, make sure you compare your notes on the research and start working on the Timeline:

  • Pick a date when this came about using Manfred Steger’s notion of “the global imaginary” or people’s increasing awareness that global interconnections shape their lives.
  • Construct a timeline of events or moments that led up to the emergence of globalization in the
    communities you are assigned to. Try to take into account the 5 dimensions of globalization
    mentioned in our reading. It is best to use specific events or developments.

After class: 

  1. Prepare to present your initial timeline to our class (this will be revised). Figure out a way to do this, without using PP or Prezi!
  2. Blog post #3 [due by Tuesday Oct 2nd, 6 pm Arlington Time]
    Globalization timeline: How does your place in the world influence your understanding of globalization?  How about the events that we select as most important for the timeline?  Think about the importance of hearing all voices rather than just listening to your own.
  • Reflect on your decision-making process when building this timeline. Describe how the different members of your team understand the process of globalization. How do you think each persons’ respective social location* influenced their selection of the key events for the timeline?
  • How can peer review help you understand globalization?
  • What questions should we be asking about globalization?

*Social location refers to the place from which you experience the world —  the group memberships that shape your perspective. Your gender, race, ethnicity, social class, and religious affiliation as well as your geographic community of origin and residence are aspects of your social location.

Wednesday September 19

About globalization
Notice how the source of information influences the view of globalization represented:

Critical reading
of the article: The Globalization timeline.

      The Globalisation Timeline -questions.

Introduction of the first assignment
Globalisation Timeline 2018

CAUTION: There are many online versions resources available (i.e. Project South presents Today’s Globalization). Choose your sources of information wisely to take into account how that source may influence the information presented.  This project must be your own original work (no downloaded images). Cite the sources that shaped your thinking.

Resources (See also web linked videos above)

Gray, A. 2017. “What is globalization anyway?”  January 10. World Economic Forum Website.

Rennen, W. & P. Martens 2003. “The Globalisation Timeline.”  Integrated Assessment.



1.      Learn more about globalization. Create library of web links that help you build your timeline. Post only those links from credible sources on your Intercultural Team Page.

2.      Write your team’s definition of globalization– Reference the scholars whose work informed your group’s definition – cite your sources. Upload this to your team page.

3.      Presentation Explore how you plan to present your findings across the ocean without using a presentation tool such as PowerPoint or Prezi.

BLOG POSTS: At this point you should have two blog posts. Comment on the post of a class member who is not on your university campus!

AFTER CLASS 9/12/18:

Blogpost #2: First Impressions [required post due by Sept. 18th 6:00 pm Arlington time]
After meeting the members of your intercultural team tell us about your first impressions of the course. This post should be placed on the main page of your blog where “Hello World” appeared. Just click “edit” to revise the heading and start typing!

  • What are your first impressions of the process of intercultural collaboration
  • In what ways have you worked with someone from another country before this class?
  • Based on your experience in this class so far, what differences and similarities do you see among the students who are taking the course?
  • Other thoughts?
  • Next – comment on 1 person’s blog from your intercultural team who is studying on the other side of the ocean.


Intercultural Team Challenge:
Make sure you’ve uploaded a profile photo, your gmail address and your first blog post before class! During class, follow the directions on the “Building your virtual team activity”

As a team you will decide how you plan to address the following questions:

  1. How can your team schedule regular communications to develop “mutual knowledge” ?
  2. Which mediums will you use to communicate time sensitive “important “ information?
  3. What contextual information influences your team members’ ability to work on projects?
  4. As a team, make a list of the guidelines you will follow when working together. This will become your team contract.  Upload this contract to your team page [linked here: Team 1, Team 2Team 3, Team 4].
  5. How will you handle a lack of communication – unanswered mails, class absences without notification?
  6. Come up with a team name!

We’ve learned that working together successfully requires three important things: knowledge, reflection and practice.

Go beyond the surface
Ask questions that examine the complexity associated with global processes. For example, go from “what is globalization?” to ask “who benefits from globalization” or  “who is disadvantaged by globalization?

We make assumptions
– feel free to challenge or question our perspective. We enjoy the exchange of ideas!

– “Our lives are interconnected so you should understand globalization”
– “The survival of humanity requires we work together so you must use intercultural communication skills…”

Culture influences our thinking
at 3 different levels:

– artifacts – or things we are accustomed to using
– norms & values that tell us what we should or shouldn’t do and
– our assumptions about how things work.

Beware of making generalizations!

The subcultures to which we each belong provide a rich diversity in all societies. Each one of us more complex than our national identity!

Let’s get started…. 

  • Write down what you think is the most pressing problem that is facing the world today.
  • What about the most promising opportunity?

DISCUSSION: How might globalization help or hinder when dealing with global challenges and opportunities?

After class:

In preparation for our next class on 9/12
  1. Start your BLOG INTRODUCTION. Instructions are on the webpage. Read the posts of others in our class.
  2. Familiarize yourself with this COURSE WEBSITE so you know where to find useful information.
  3. If you haven’t already, get a gMail account that can access Google+.  Send this email address to Loes or Janine.
         [For Marymount students this is not your MU email account.]

Dear students,
Welcome to the Global Village 2018. This unique, international, interdisciplinary course is offered as part of the honours program at both of our universities. This course is a true intercultural collaboration between students our universities –not your typical Marymount or Hanze course.  We encourage you to reach outside your time zone AND your comfort zone to develop relationships with other students who may have a different perspective on global issues.

Because our academic semesters do not align completely, we wanted to alert you to an initial schedule difference.  Students on the Hanze campus – please note:  Class meetings differ from other interdisciplinary courses – every class will start at 15.30, instead of 19.00.  Attendance is critical for your success in this course.  Make sure you mark the dates as this course does not appear on your schedule.

Marymount students are meeting in Rowley G142 on August 29th to go over the logistics for the semester, while Hanze students will receive the same information via email.  Our first class together will be on Wednesday September 5th at 9.30 am US time and 15.30 NL time. 

In a few weeks we will send you a tentative syllabus for the semester. In addition there are links to technologies we will use such as VoiceThreads, and Google Hangouts –you may want become familiar with these applications before the semester begins. Set up a Google Plus Gmail account if you don’t have one already and send us your email address!

To make true collaboration possible between each group of students, we created a Global Village website for the class. Before the first synchronous class on September 5th, you will receive an email invitation to access this website AND to set up your own blog page on that site.  If you run into difficulties, just email Janine (

We are looking forward meeting all of you — in person or in the cloud. Students from previous semesters have told us that this course is indeed challenging as well as rewarding.  We’ve planned a great experience ahead — all we ask from you is a commitment to explore your role in the global community.

Congratulations on becoming part of something special! 

Kind regards, 

drs. Loes Damhof and Dr. Janine DeWitt

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