Building Cross‐Cultural Understanding through
Prof. Reima Al‐Jarf
King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The presentation will introduce the Online Writing Collaboration Project
(OWCP), an online system for teaching and learning writing online. More that 2000
members (students and instructors) from many countries like USA, Singapore, China,
Egypt and Jordan are registered in OWCP. A student or instructor can post any thread
about issues like terrorism, violence, Islamic fundamentalism, and status of Muslim
women in the forum and students and instructors from around the world post their
reactions to a given thread. Issues discussed by members helped change stereotypes
and misconceptions American students have about Islam, Moslems, Arabs and women.
The presentation will report results of a survey that will shed light on the effect of
participating in the OWCP on developing cross‐cultural understanding, changing
stereotypes, raising awareness of current global issues and developing reading and
writing skills among participants from around the world. Examples of the cross‐
cultural themes discussed by the participants will be provided.