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“First Year Education Studies students have been participating in a joint project with students at HAN University in Nijmegen and Arnhem in the Netherlands.  An ongoing email correspondence with regard to preconceptions of and stereotyping within England and the Netherlands culminated on Wednesday 25th March with a SKYPE seminar and conversation between students at the two institutions. 

Contributions and discussions were lively and both cohorts of students were able to expand on cultural and social traditions in their respective countries. The UoN students will form part of a group travelling on a study visit to Nijmegen in June – it is intended that a meeting with the Dutch students who participated in the SKYPE seminar will form part of their itinerary.” (Tony Smith-Howell

The students reported that talking with their peers oversees in this way it felt no different from being in the classroom.  The tutors are already planning further meetings and online mentoringThey captured their feedback of using SKYPE for the session, via the magic of iPad….. 

Please contact the Learning Technology Team if you would like to find out more about using Skype for your students.


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Lisa Hanson talked about how she has enhanced the student experience in NILE for International students using a range of interactive tools. The presentation was made at the Learntech Conference 30-5-12

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Xerte may be used as a tool to create interactive content and material which may be used within NILE / Blackboard or just on general webpages. Angela presented on her experiences in using this tool for international students at The University of Northampton’s Technology Enhanced Learning Showcase 7/7/11. The event used Twitter hashtag #TELUoN

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Further notes from Angela regarding this session are listed below:
The Virtual International Students’ Orientation Programme (VISOP) on the web is located on The University of Northampton’s International Students Support website:
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Other resources
The University of Nottingham Xerte Project
View examples of available templates
JISC Techdis – HEI advisory service

The use of Xerte is currently being piloted for more general use at The University of Northampton. Further information regarding this and training sessions will be available in October.

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