Partners are an essential part of this project. They are those with whom you interact on a regular basis and with whom you make decisions about your common calendar, about which module to use and when, about when to create new forums, about the timing for the students’ exchanges on the forums, etc..
In all probability, you will have been the initiator of the partnership, which means that partners may be feel they are playing a secondary role. It is essential, however, that you make him/her understand that s/he is as important to the project as you are. Cultura will only work if your partner is as fully committed as you. And their own students are bound to reflect the same level of commitment as they are. The more committed the teacher is, the more committed the student is.
Partners need to be encouraged to take initiatives, make suggestions, and feel like equal partners.