What culture can influence learning on computer networks? The open and distance learning should take into account the ethnic and cultural learners? The intercultural between particular and universal? Right to likeness or difference?
Crossing the intercultural borders into 3rd space culture(s): implications for teacher education in the twenty-first century
This article looks at a year-long network-based exchange between two groups of student-teachers in Spain and the USA, who were involved in various networkbased collaborative activities as part of their teaching education.
The online interaction was facilitated through diverse communicative modes such as Skype, Moodle, Voicethread and Second Life (SL). It was found that the participants’ interaction with their distanced partners varied according to the available communication modes as they constructed ‘membership’ identities in the virtual interaction. The analysis hints at the need to reconsider what ‘intercultural’ means within a ‘third space’.
Video education combines an investigative and critical understanding of the world with the development of relevant production skills. It can operate and develop successfully at all levels of the curriculum. Video education is based upon recognition of the crucial role which video imagery (both with and without sound) plays in constructing and mediating knowledge and understanding in the contemporary world.
The European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (EYID) 2008 will encourage all those living in Europe to explore the benefits of our rich cultural heritage and opportunities to learn from different cultural traditions.