On the 14th of December 2017 a pilot session of the Intercultural and Country modules (level
C1) took place at the University of Sapientia in Csíkszereda/Miercurea Ciuc, Romania.
17 students participated, 15 of whom are students at the same university studying economics
and engineering, one undergraduate student came from Márton Aron High School, and
another one has already graduated university. The participants marked English, Hungarian,
Romanian, German, and French as the languages they master with varying proficiency,
ranging between A2 and C2 language levels.
10 students tried the Intercultural module, and 9 the Country module (two students tried both).
The questionnaires show that related to the questions whether the students found the online
tasks useful, easy to use, interesting, and creative, the students overwhelmingly chose the
answers “agree” or “more agree than disagree”. With regard to the question whether the tasks
took too long to answer, the answers given by the students were more diverse: roughly half of
the students considered this to be the case (8 students chose the options “agree” or “more
agree than disagree”, and 9 of them ticked “disagree” or “more disagree than agree”).
The vast majority of the students found the case studies useful, interesting, and creative (all of
them found them useful, two of them chose the option “more disagree than agree” when asked
whether the tasks were interesting, the most questioned feature of the tasks being creativity:
six students ticked “disagree” or “more disagree than agree”).
The same pattern of answers came up with regard to the face to face tasks, the option “more
disagree than agree” being chosen by one student for usefulness, by two students for the tasks
being interesting, and by four students with respect to creativity.
Most comments made by the participants are related to problems with the webpage: three
students complained that it was hard for them to log in, and the same number of students
found the platform too complicated. Three students had problems with the scoring system:
either all the students who were using the same account and doing the same task were scored
identically irrespective of the differences in their answers, or their second attempt was not
scored properly. There was one complaint about a video not working, and some students
didn’t like that “the result is too many clicks away from the problem”.
With respect to the way the content is organized, there were comments about the friendly
design, and some students considered it helpful in learning and easy to use, while some others
made the observations that “tasks are hard to find”, “visualization of progress missing”, and
“menus are not coherent”. One comment refers more specifically to the content of a particular
task, namely, that “most questions of the reading section can be answered without reading the
Romanian team member