Here is a little update on the skype program we have begun this year:
I believe the idea for the project was Devin Horne's and he, Karl Fink and Romy Schuster did a lot of the brainstorming for the project. This fall we've begun and tackled many issues ranging from recruitment to scheduling to technology. But it has been a rewarding activity.
The program consists of weekly meetings of a group of MLS students and a group of St. Olaf students who communicate electronically via a program called skype. Lea Scheuble has been facilitating the St. Olaf group. She is an exchange student at St. Olaf from Germany who is the German House Resident. The MLS students get to practice their English and the St. Olaf students get to practice their German. And, we have the opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues that contribute to cultural exchange.
I look forward to seeing the program grow as the year progresses and hopefully continue in future years.