Why the law in some countries changes more quickly than in others……

Dear #cope15 learners community,

I thank you for your excellent contributions and for your nice feedback. It makes me happy to read that so many of you find the interview with Dr. Veit Öhlberger very interesting.

When browsing through your comments, I realized that you discussed the way how China´s legal culture has developed since the accession of this country to the WTO and how the legal culture, including the level of corruption, in many other countries has changed.

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cope15 is starting … now!

Hi everybody – ready, set, go :-)

My name is Jutta Pauschenwein, I’m one of the facilitators of week 1 and one of the moderators as well. It will be my pleasure to accompany you during the next 6 weeks of cope15.

Don’t take week 1 to serious!

  • Take your time to get a feeling for our MOOC,
  • Look around and don’t expect to check / find everything, it’s ok when you get lost sometimes – there’s the homepage of cope15 where you can start again
  • Read what others have written as comment to this website, on twitter with the tag #cope15, on facebook or google+.
  • or watch the cope15-posts on the leaners’ blogs (if you write your own blog to document you cope15 experience, please add the url of your blog as comment)

The topics of week 1 are an introduction to our MOOC and the chance to get connected with others, as well as to think about communication across borders(Rupert Beinhauer will you support with respect to this topic).

This picture outlines the assignments of week 1 and I’m looking forward to your online activities, Jutta

PS: If you like to read about cope15 you could check the menu item “Overview” and I recommend that you subscribe to the cope15-posts (main page on the upper right side)


How to end the cope15? – teasing questions of the last week

In about 6 weeks you will come to the end of our cope15 MOOC.

1) In the last week you will think about

  • How will I finalize the MOOC?
  • How can I benefit from what I have learned in my everyday work?
  • How did my participation in this MOOC influence my online behavior / online presence?

2) Who aims for a badge will have time to prepare the documentation for the badge.

3) And there will room for reflelection:

  • How could I remain in contact with the other guys of the MOOC?
  • What were my favorite ways to learn?
  • What were my favorite ways to communicate with others?


Maja and Jutta will facilitate your  learning processes in week 6.

No business is an island – week 5 in cope15

Also businesses have to do with relationships, haven’t they? Denny will support you in this week around inter-organizational relationships & networks to answer the following questions and others which will arise during the week.

  • Species want to survive and spread their genes / companies want to survive and make profit – Can the strategies be compared?
  • Is it wise to cooperate with your competitor?
  • Businesses are complementors in making/enlarging the market and competitors in dividing it. True or False?

denny1 your facilitator Denny

Who are the learners in the cope15? An introduction of the participants.

Everyday new learners arrive at the cope15, inscribe for the course and tell us their motivation for participation in the „competences for global collaboration” MOOC. You can find a list of all signed participants in the sign up page  on the main menu of this site. I just read this page and this is what I found out:

Cope15 learners come from all over the world, with different expectations, motivation and interests.

One week before start we have about 230 participants, coming from many European countries, like Austria, Bosnia, Russia, Italy, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, France, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Check Republic and Poland, but also from many other countries like Vietnam, China, Mexico, India, Singapore, South Korea, USA and Uganda.

Learners are students in higher education institutions, between jobs, working professionals and entrepreneurs, aiming to increase their qualifications, skills and competences and better manage their everyday job tasks. Most of them wish to enhance their personal development.

Many of the cope15 learners participate in order to experience a new, exciting, cool and challenging learning process and are very curious about how it will work. They are interested in topics like global and virtual dynamics, eLearning and computer mediated communication, and hope that their participation will increase their own motivation for learning. Participants look forward to alternative points of view in different topics, wish to help each other by sharing experiences and gain practical knowledge with real business situations. MOOCs are seen as “the study style of the future” and are expected to lead them to a better future.

Another high motivational factor is the intercultural exchange with learners from different cultures, global collaboration, widening the personal network and meeting new interesting people.

Many learners see the greatest personal value in the variation of topics and contents, wish to become new ideas and widen their personal skills with technology use for learning.

The improvement of English skills, vocabulary training, practice in writing and listening skills and raising the own self-esteem are key motivational factors for many of the learners participating.

Other learners mention the badge as their motivation, or that they participate because it is compulsory for their study degree. Others just “love studying” and want to have some learning fun 🙂 . And some wish to have fun while learning, but still feel a bit insecure of whether this is going to be true.

It has been very interesting to read through all of your personal motivation posts and I already have a better understanding and better feeling of what it is like for you to start with this new learning experience.

I look forward to welcoming more learners, and to more of that exchange and communication with the start of cope15 next week!

Week 4 in cope15: the next questions

The teaser for week 4 starts with questions which could interest everybody:

  • Did you ever wonder whether India or China had the largest English-speaking population?
  • You ask yourself why H&M produces T-shirts in Bulgaria or Turkey?
  • You ask yourself why companies relocate their operations overseas?

Questions for learners interested into business topics:

  • You wonder why BRICs are not used to build houses?
  • Did you know that roughly 80% of the planet’s population lives in countries that are considered to be emerging markets?
  • Did you know that half of the world’s 20 largest economies are emerging markets and trade between emerging markets already amounts to 20% of global trade?
  • Are you keen to find out which country is the largest importer of US-American products?
  • You ask yourself how to sell shampoo in Nigeria?
  • Did you know that the largest exporter of copper, the largest exporter of crude oil and the largest deposits of rare earths are all emerging markets?

Difficult questions for learners who want to learn deeply in this week:

  • Would you like to know what pitfalls and traps to avoid when doing business in emerging markets?
  • Are you aware of the fact that on average emerging markets grow twice as fast as developed economies?
  • Would you know what to do when your business partners from an emerging market expect kickbacks on your deals?
  • You ask yourself why the production of biofuels in the US and elsewhere leads to protests in Mexico?

Would you like to be able to answer some of these questions?

Would you like to learn more interesting facts and peculiarities about emerging markets?

Would you like to discuss and collaborate with an international bunch of people to find out more about emerging markets?

Or are you thinking about doing business in these countries?

… then join this week in #cope15, Thomas and Christian will facilitate your learning processes.

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Three main questions will guide you through Week 3 in cope15

The first question concerns the roles and powers in a given communication process:

  • What possibilities for chance and direction do I have myself?

The second question deals with monitoring and the evaluation of an ongoing communication act:

  • How can I sense early enough when things might go wrong?

And the third question centers on the intercultural aspects of international communication:

  • What are the most important things to keep in mind in order to successfully conduct communication in intercultural settings?

In terms of intercultural communication you may ask yourself:

  • Where do I have to start in preparing for intercultural experiences and tasks?
  • What do I have to pay attention to in preparing for a meeting with international participants?
  • What is necessary to develop “intercultural intelligence”?

And even more precisely:

  • Do I have to speak the foreign language fluently in order to successfully conduct international meetings?
  • Is it possible to say the same words and mean totally different things?

When it comes to organizational communication we will have a look at the following:

  • How did markets change in the turn of globalization and developing communication technology?
  • What are the principles of crisis communication?
  • Are there any universal principles for communication plans?
  • And how, by any means, does the media landscape look in different countries: Do the different settings have any consequences for the forming of public opinion in this country?

Gudrun, your facilitator, is expecting very lively discussions and some interesting insights during this week and she is looking forward to working with you.


How to spend time in the cope15 MOOC

I love MOOCs because you can learn a lot of different topics together with people from around the world. Everytime I attend a MOOC I get new ideas, aspects, a new perspective.

  • I learned about MOOCs in the change11 MOOC of George Siemens and Stephen Downes (the so-called “mother of all MOOCs, a real monster  of 35 weeks) – this MOOC was totally open and very chaotic!
  • In the creativity MOOC of Tina Selig, Stanford University I was part of a group of 30 and with the support of this group I learned to be a bit more creative). In addition I got to know the e-learning plattform2.0 NovoEd which was amazing.
  • In the Social Network Analysis MOOC of Lada Adamic I learned to visualize online-interaction. For an example see here.
  • Furthermore I practice my Spanish in different MOOCs which are provided in Spanish – I like the exchange with people from Latin America.

You need time for learning in a MOOC. In cope15 you can float in the stream of content and discussions and you are free t to explore the content, interact with each other in oyur own pace.

When you plan to participate in cope15 take a look at our time table but don’t  feel handcuffed to the chronology.