Global Climate Exchange: Peer collaboration in a “Global classroom”


  • Majken Korsager Department of Teacher Education and School Research (ILS) University of Oslo, Norway Phone: +47 22844913
  • James D Slotta Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto 252 Bloor St. W. Toronto, ON M5S 1V7 Canada
  • Doris Jorde Norwegian Centre for Science Education, Norway



Climate change, inquiry-based international peer collaboration, 16-19 years, classroom study


This paper reports on student peer collaboration in an online environment in an international shared curriculum, the Global Climate Exchange. Four cohorts of students (age 16 -19) from Canada, China, Norway and Sweden (n=157) were engaged in four wiki-based activities where they collaborated with peers locally and internationally. Previously, impact from Global Climate Exchange on students’ conceptual understanding was analysed, indicating a positive impact which might be explained by the amount of interactions with peers and international peer collaboration.  This paper looks further into the details of the students’ peer interactions in terms of how they communicate in the online Global Climate Exchange learning environment. The study revealed that communication between international peers might be more constructive than when communication is limited to national peers. This might be a possible explanation for our previously findings indicating that international peer collaboration may well be an approach to enhance students’ conceptual understanding of climate change.