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Global Media Project: Opportunity to Work with Turkish Students at Istanbul University!  

We are very pleased to announce this opportunity for OSU students to collaborate with Istanbul University students.  Students in both our fair cities have been exchanging knowledge and information about what daily life is like in each city over the past year.  We have begun collecting images of certain aspects of daily life, and will build on these discussions by creating an e-book according to the highest academic standards.  This will be a visual publication, based largely on images used to document a certain aspect of daily life in both cities.

This project requires all participants to follow online conversation ground rules, and a demonstration of your commitment to sustained online communication and community building*. 

Read more on eligibility and project details below.  Please get in contact with Melinda McClimans if you have any questions, or would like to apply to be a part of the project
Global Media Project: Share Our Cities E-Book
The goal of this project is to strengthen research and technical skills, while developing intercultural awareness.  Technical guidance, scholarly feedback, and coaching will be provided by faculty and senior scholars at Istanbul University and Ohio State University. The administration of project is supported by the Middle East Studies Center as part of a pilot.
Objective: Collaboratively produce an e-Book about the two cities in which the team members live.  
Process: Curate images of daily life in both cities. Identify themes, or particular aspects of daily life in both cities to compare and contrast, find similarities.  Instructors facilitate discussions.  Cross-cultural team selects a topic to research and explore further. The team then creates e-book focused on images documenting that aspect of daily life.

  1. Copy writer
  2. Copy editor
  3. Image curator
  4. Formatting person
  5. Project manager 
Guidelines (further guidance will be provided to participants):
  • Attribute all images according to Creative Commons checklist.
  • Follow academic Standards (no plagiarism).  
  • Use proper English, English standards.  
  • Create consistent, aesthetically pleasing formatting.
  • Be a team player: Timeline and scope of work (number of pages, for example, or the creation of an outline for the book) agreed upon by group, adhered to. 
Global Community Builder Badge*
  • Proper attribution for images, ideas and any other creation. 
  • Detailed descriptions of images, why they are significant to the research topic. 
  • Regular reflections submitted, regular participation in discussion (all the criteria of the global community builder badge maintained).  
  • Narrative of what occurred when team formed, how they collaborated, how they ultimately succeeded in completing the e-book.
  • Team-work - did everyone complete tasks for their role in a timely fashion? Did the group help when someone was struggling with some aspect of the project? Did each person ask for what they needed to get their work done, but not do more than what is required for their role?
  • See Global Media Project Badge for more details on how to earn the badge for this project.
The Middle East Studies Center is a Buckeye Badge Partner. 

*If you haven’t already earned the Global Community Building (GCB) badge, you will have the opportunity to earn it as a part of this project. You must have fulfilled the requirements for the GCB badge within the first 30 days. 

For more information about this or other activities, please get in contact with the Middle East Studies Center, (614) 292-5897  To support our programs please go to our development page or consider joining our team
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