27.09.2019 NovSU students gain real-life experience in international virtual teamwork
Novgorod State University and Appalachian State University (North Carolina, USA) have launched a joint online course "Cross-Cultural Business Communication”.
By doing the course and working on a joint project, NovSU graduate students majoring in Linguistics and students of the Appalachian State University will develop various competences, including:
This course is a part of a joint online graduate development program “Leader
of International Virtual Team”, which is being developed by faculty members of the NovSU
and the ASU. The program consists of four online courses: “Cross-Cultural Business
Communication”, “Technologies for Collaboration”, “Leadership” and “Sustainable
Development”. Those courses are being developed according to the principles of
Pedagogical Design and Universal Design, which makes them highly inclusive. They are accessible
for students with special needs, students who may not always be
physically present at a university and people of the “third age”, or active seniors. The
experience gained by teachers in the process of development and implementation
of the program will be distributed among teachers of NovSU and other
The teachers of the course are:
Dr. Natalia Ilyashenko, senior specialist in public relations of NovSU Office of International Relations, assistant professor of the Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Intercultural Communication, PhD in Education. She has over 25 years of experience in international activities and cross-cultural business communication.
Dr. Barbara Howard, a professor in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies at Appalachian State University. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of education and educational management.