Exercise: Discussion of Case Study or Lecture

Summary of Example Activity

Using a case study or lecture common to the curriculum in both classrooms, students watch the same lecture (either a video lecture posted online or a synchronous lecture via video conferencing software) or view/read a case study. The classes can discuss the material with guiding questions either synchronously via video or asynchronously using a discussion forum.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Identify the important concepts from the lecture or case study.
  • Demonstrate critical thought of the main concepts or case study through discussion.
  • Explore how the main concepts are differently understood and experienced (more pronounced if the students have different training or experience).
  • Develop online inter-cultural communication skills

Materials and Data Needed

A video lecture, lecture material or an example of a case study and any necessary accompanying material (readings, etc.) that is accessible to both classes.

Technology Needed

The classes with both need video conferencing software such as Skype, Adobe Connect or Google Video Chat for a video lecture or discussion. If the students will watch a lecture online and discuss asynchronously online, a platform with the capability to share the video and readings as well as a discussion forum will be necessary such as Moodle, Blackboard, Collaborize Classroom, a blog (such as WordPress) or Facebook.

Estimated Time

For a both an asynchronous and synchronous lecture/discussion the lecture/reading would take approximately 1.5-2 hours and the discussion participation would take approximately 1-1.5 hours.


  1. Choose a lecture or case study that is central to the curriculum of both classes.
  2. Determine how the material will be delivered.
    • Delivered asynchronously via a prerecorded video or reading.
    • Delivered synchronously via video from one classroom to the other.
    • Delivered synchronously via video with both instructors leading different parts of the lecture.
  3. Develop or locate the necessary material and post it to the online tool that you will be using.
  4. Deliver the material or schedule a time for students to view the material.
  5. Proceed with the discussion.
    1. Assign the students to answer a series of guiding questions on the discussion form.
    2. Complete the lecture by guiding the students through a synchronous discussion using guiding questions.