- Nov 2016
When they tweet to people from another country in another time zone, what kind of context do they need to consider? What should they add, remove, or modify in order to communicate better?
Being able to answer this question well, and "communicate better" in this sense, seems to be about intercultural competencies. Classroom learning about that can help, but these competencies are developed more meaningfully over time and long experience in inter-cultural circumstances.
AMICAL institutions, with their inherent mix of US and regional cultures, are actually great environments for students to work on this: our institutions are like 4-year labs for working on intercultural competencies.
who might accidentally come across their blogs or tweets
It's these unintentional audiences that require the most attention in working with students, since the implications of that interaction can be so wildly different from the outcomes of interacting with the intended audience (which they're already anticipating).