Virtual partnerships: engaging students in e-service learning using computer-mediated communication

Usha S. Harris*

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Computer-mediated communication has important implications for future classroom learning which is no longer spatially bound or centred around text books. It has the ability to incorporate real-life learning whereby students can make important contributions towards solving global problems without having to leave the campus. This study looked at the impact of virtual communication processes and online tools on student and partner engagement in an on-campus undergraduate unit which enables Australian students to create communication campaigns for a non-government organization in India. The study found that the communication exchanges provided students with opportunities for intercultural dialogue, both in real and virtual spaces, and how to use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and media within a social justice framework within a transnational working environment. Internet technologies have become part of the daily communication pattern of a new generation of students, who see it as their natural environment in which to learn, play and work. It is thus important to expand students’ use of the global digital network from superficial social interactions towards activities which enable them to become active and informed global citizens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-117
Number of pages15
JournalAsia Pacific Media Educator
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017


  • e-service learning
  • global citizen
  • mediated intercultural communication
  • remote engagement
  • transnational
  • virtual partnerships


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