30 July 2021

Teaching Cross-Cultural Communication, Understanding Asia in Pandemic Times

Teaching cross-cultural communication is challenging at the best of times, but how can Nordic students learn to engage with Asian cultures when they are forced to study entirely online? Award-winning teacher Annelise Ly tells NIAS Director Duncan McCargo why it’s good to show her messy home on camera, why she doesn’t give lectures, why virtual coffee breaks matter so much, and how she plans to adopt many of the instructional innovations she started during the pandemic lockdown on a permanent basis.

Annelise Ly is an associate professor at NHH, the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen. Inspired by teaching ideas she acquired during a stint at Harvard Business School, Annelise was awarded Excellent Teacher Practitioner status in 2021.