The Learning Design for Intercultural Exchange between Hawaii and Japanese University Students

Session Description
The purpose of this study was to examine the learning design of intercultural exchange between Hawaii and Japan in terms of “space”, “activity,” and “community” as defined by Miwa & Yamauchi. The KAI-YAMA Project 2019 was an online intercultural exchange project between Hawaii and Japanese students in Osaka. Six themes such as Food Sustainable Cultural Practices and Modern Technology to Support Food Sustainability were selected by faculty at both universities. Students devised a one-week schedule to investigate each theme by visiting various locations and meeting with specialists in each country.

The interactions among students enhanced the Japanese students’ ability to listen attentively and learn actively. They learned how to communicate using full facial expressions and appropriate body language while enjoying their interactions. Regarding technology, ZOOM, Facebook, LINE, Google Translate, and Google documents were fully used to collaborate while learning.

Mayumi Kubota
Mayumi Kubota, Faculty of Informatics, Kansai University, Japan
Dr. Mayumi Kubota is a Professor in the Faculty of Informatics at Kansai University, Osaka, Japan. She served as Journal Director for the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR) and Board member of the Intercultural Education Society of Japan. Her interest in intercultural communications developed while teaching mathematics in a secondary school in Ghana as a volunteer for the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV).

Dr. Kubota’s research interests include intercultural communication and experience for learning, variation theory for learning and awareness, and Filipino nurse and caregivers who arrive in Japan under the Japan–Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).

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