Keough News | June 30, 2020
Master of global affairs students’ summer practicums have evolved into virtual experiences, yet students will continue to work with international partner organizations after successfully transforming their project plans to accommodate remote work.
“Student teams and partners entered into this challenging time with renewed energy, commitment and creativity,” said Tracy Kijewski-Correa, co-director of the Integration Lab (i-Lab). “We could not be more pleased with the result.”
During the spring semester, students modified their project proposals to transform their summer research into a virtual mode, Kijewski-Correa said. “For some students, this meant discovering new ways to collect data through surrogates on the ground. For others, it tested their creativity in facilitating virtual engagements with key informants around the globe.” For example, some research teams are using platforms such as Jamboard and Miro to create digital brainstorming walls across continents. Other teams are reimagining traditional focus groups, creating WhatsApp group chats to exchange ideas and answer questions.
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