Producing For an International Audience

Margot Rubin - What do you need to do to create a successful international program?
Jake Macfarlane's picture Jake Macfarlane 2 years 7 months ago

The first article I read regarding this topic was an article I found through the online

Ryerson library called "Establishing and Managing A Global Student Network"

Posted by the "The Regional Student Group Program" which is a global online

society where university's from around the world share information in relation to

biology. The purpose of RSG is to gain awareness among diversity in different

regions of the world regarding science, and allowing the students to interact,

network and share ideas with one another. The RSG much like Ryerson's Global

Campus Network, consists of 20 different locations around the world. In order for

the network to remain successful the organization hired 3 regional vice chairs

located in Asia, Africa, and Europe who work with RSG students and their

volunteers to monitor and organize the networks tasks. They also organize meetings

via skype and collect outlines from RSG groups around the world that state the

progress in which the groups have completed as well as their future goals within the

program. I think this is a great way to keep students in any global community

motivated and organized with tasks. The article also states that it is important to

build a global network because students can share and use information with one

another internationally and therefore expose each other to different ways of

thinking, in relation to diverse points of views on issues that may not have been

seen by other counties. I think this concept is a great idea especially when It comes

to education, you can share random irrelevant things online with strangers so why

not share useful information with strangers studying the same field as you

regarding important material. This concept of similar interest from different

students around the world creates passion and motivates students to connect with

other science majors from around the world, by building confidence through

sharing opinions on projects as well as creating relationships to help one another.

The RSG network further indicates a list of essentials you must require in order to

have a successful international program. First you must organize an influential

network that relates to other students around the globe with a similar passion.

Every network should start with other student groups in your city and then

gradually evolve to reach out upon other groups together globally. Secondly you

must always have a structure that unifies the group, for example a certain leader

who communicates and co-ordinates group meetings with other partners in

different countries. Thirdly the network must have a main online source, or website

that should be available for all members to post and gather information on, such as

building ideas together or sharing articles and interesting facts regarding their

studies. Another interesting fact is that RSG advertises their program through

conferences as well as their own website, I personally think this is a very well

thought out strategy because the conference allows you to advertise locally and the

website allows you to advertise to a global audience digitally. The RSG Network

overall indicates that the three most important values of creating a successful

international program is "communication, creating value, and accountability." The

key is to always respond to communication efficiently, which I think is a vital rule

especially if you are dealing with other groups in different time zones, because it

may take longer for your partner to respond due to this issue. Solid interaction

constantly between your global networks will lead to steady success of the

international program. Another interesting fact that the RSG network relays on is

uniting RSG members in different regions by holding RSG conferences around the

globe so student can visit with other international group members from the

program. In order to sustain there success they also have created a funding program

through a student council.


The second article I read in relation to a successful international program was

"Opening The Doors To A Global Classroom: An International Social Media

Collaboration" The social media platform known as "Valuepulse" aloud California

and Ireland agriculture business students to share their thoughts and ideas, among

articles with one another. A study showed that the level of engagement between the

universities actually benefited the students learning ability, and each student stated

they enjoyed the learning experience due to the online listening activities with there

foreign classmates regarding the shared subject. The participation through a diverse

group of students gave both classes the satisfaction of admiring other people's

thought process, opinions, and personalities from a different part of the world while

still establishing an underlying common interest with each other through their field.

Global discussions between students around the world educate and improve diverse

sets of thinking and conversation skills for future careers. International learning

environments create variety and interest between students, and keeps the subject

exciting and engaging. Over all the students who participated in the international

discussions said they learned more through participating and conversing with one

another as oppose to the other subject group who did not partake in the

international learning experience and were taught information strictly by an in class

instructor without any online interaction from another countries school. This case

study is yet another example of how international classrooms/programs can be

created through social media or some sort of an online outlet in which students can

benefit from each other around the world. I think the common theme that both of

these articles contain is that an international program can be successful through

passion and common interest for a subject or topic, no matter where you are in the

word or what culture identify with, humans can always share something in

common, and that's what brings us together.