Exercise: Art/Media Projects

Summary of Example Activity

Students are assigned to groups that contain members from both their class and the collaborating classroom. Students are assigned a topic. The groups collaborate asynchronously to create an artistic or media project using digital software such as audio, video and photo creating and editing software.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical thought about the topic.
  • Develop online intercultural communication skills.
  • Develop an understanding of how to work within different learning styles, regional/national perspectives and time zones.
  • Explore how the main concepts are differently understood and experienced (more pronounced if the students have different training or experience).
  • Reflect on the skills necessary and the challenges one must overcome to work on a national/international collaboration.

Materials and Data Needed

Students will be required to complete readings and have mastered a set of techniques necessary to work with the digital software.

Technology Needed

Students will need access to a forum to collaborate on their project such as Google docs, a forum in an LMS such as Moodle or social networking software such as Facebook. Students will also need access to digital photo, video and audio creation and editing software. Students will also need access to a blog or forum on an LMS system to post the final product.

Estimated Time

The activity will take place asynchronously over the course of a term.


  1. Students are assigned to small groups and given a topic.
  2. Students are either given access to the contact information of their group members so that they might create a collaborative document or they are given access to a blog or wiki space to compile information for their project. This should be done at the beginning of the term to ensure that all students have the required hardware and software to participate and to allow time to troubleshoot any problems students may have with access.
  3. Students work within their groups, collaborating to come up with a concept and work together to create a final product.
  4. Students post their finished work on social media, a forum on a class LMS system such as Moodle, or a blog.