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Description

This Virtual Exchange focuses on introducing the tangible cultural heritage (physical artifacts produced, maintained, and transmitted intergenerationally in society) to students from other cultures with follow-up creation of a web-based virtual exhibition of tangible heritage. During our project, students will share and explore the specific objects that have a cultural value and interdisciplinary stories—stories about love, international politics, history, colonialism, scientific discovery, technologies, cuisine, war, human rights, friendship, and memory. By discussing such objects, we offer students the chance to dive into the history and culture of each other. By embracing our diversity, we can learn more about our world and ourselves, enabling us to grow and thrive spiritually.

Learning outcomes

Digital literacy
Language skills
Intercultural competences
Disciplinary skills

Additional information and comments

There are many aspects that define someone’s cultural heritage, including customs, traditions, languages, values, places, and objects. Culture, though, can be separated into two different categories, tangible and intangible. It is important to preserve Tangible cultural heritage because of its value to local communities. Here's a plan of our activities. We are planning to conduct 5-7 sessions where students will share information on a tangible object from their culture. The sessions will be devoted to different topics: science, art, cuisine, human rights, architecture, etc. During the first online-socialization sessions students will choose what topics they would like to explore. After the sessions, students will have to create a virtual exhibition of tangible heritage displaying tangible objects of their partners. The online exhibition might be created using different platforms or applications (interactive posters Thinglink, Google Sites, e-book, Wixie). During the final session, students will demonstrate exhibitions to each other and comment on the results. This can be shared and modified with our partner(s). The project will also foster students' research and soft skills. Part of this process is learning how to be a historical scientist or a detective. As students begin collecting factual information, images, and maybe even interviews, they will have to determine the story, person, or event they want to tell. The research process includes the development of such skills as information processing, searching for valid and reliable sources to move beyond Wikipedia. They will need to collect media for each part of the exhibition’s story. Media artifacts can include photographs of artifacts, people, locations, audio recordings, musical performances, etc. At this point, it will be useful to discuss with students the rules of academic integrity and copyright. The initial idea is to demonstrate that we are who we are because of cultural values passed down to us. This is what makes our world beautiful, diverse, and interesting. For further discussions and suggestions, please contact me: yulavrysh@gmail.com

Languages

English

Disciplines

0314 Sociology and cultural studies

Number of students

11 - 20

Period

11/15/2021 - 02/15/2022

Author Author affiliation

Institution(s) Department(s)
National Technical University Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, Kyiv Department of English Language for Engineering
National Technical University Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, Kyiv

Status

Open

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