UF Faculty Department College
Matthieu Felt Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Partner Faculty Department Partner Institution
, Carmella Lieske
Scott Menking
Center for Foreign Language Education
Law & Literature
Shimane University, Japan
Japanese Culture Through Virtual Exchange
Project Description:

The purpose of this virtual exchange project was to provide a venue for students from UF and Shimane University (Japan) to discuss campus and daily life with each other.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Identify similarities and differences between campus life in Japan versus the US.

2. Identify similarities and differences between food culture in Japan versus the US.

3. Identify similarities and differences between media culture in Japan versus the US.

4. Gain comfort working with students from a different cultural background.

5. Consider the origins and rationale of everyday cultural practices.

6.Assess the validity of existing beliefs about foreign cultures. 

7. Articulate issues with cross-cultural perspective.

Participating Countries:
Number of Participants:
76 UF students and 35 students from Shimane University
World Languages
UF Course Code & Name:
JPT3500 - Japanese Culture
Project Duration:
5 Weeks
Activity Type(s):
Student-to-Student Dialogue
Time allotted to each activity:
Synchronous Activities: 1 hour per week
Asynchronous Activities: 1 hour per week
Individual Work: 1 hour per week
Technology Tools:
Sequence of Activities:

Icebreaker Activity: 

Students from both universities introduced themselves and posted a picture or video. 

Engagement Activity:

Students wrote their opinions and perceptions of campus life, food culture, and media culture in the other country. Students asked questions of the VE partners.

Collaboration Activity: 

Students used videos to answer the questions asked by their VE partners.

Reflection Acitivity: 

At the end of the course, students met online for a virtual synchronous session to discuss what they learned through the asynchronous activities.