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What is Intercultural Learning?

This collection presents definitions of intercultural learning in literature throughout the field. It also compares and contrasts intercultural learning to other concepts used within the field (such as intercultural competence, diversity and inclusion, etc.) in order to understand why intercultural learning became the dominant term. 

11 posts

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Lindsey M Macdonald

Virtue Signaling

You may have seen the term virtue signaling come up in your social media feed or in an online news article. Within popular discourse, the term virtue signaling means expressing an opinion as a way to demonstrate one’s moral character. Since 2015, virtue signaling has become a sort of buzzword and is often used an insult. When someone accuses another of virtue signaling, they believe that the other person is insincere and does not actually care about the issue at hand; rather, they simply care about appearing to have the “correct” stance (as an example, “People who tweet articles condemning fracking are simply virtue signaling. They don’t actually care about the environment. If they did, they would get out there and participate in a clean-up!”)  

This collection discusses the origins of the term virtue signaling and shows how it has been used in popular discourse. Although it is most often used pejoratively, virtue signaling may be a useful concept for intercultural learning because it implies that how we present ourselves and our opinions may shift based on our cultural surroundings.

8 posts

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Lindsey M Macdonald

2019 Intercultural Pedagogy Grant Workshop Series

This collection includes the materials and PPTs for each of four Workshops along with homework assignments and supplemental materials. Additionally, pre-Workshop and program completion materials are also provided.

IPG participants learn how to choose appropriate intercultural learning outcomes, are introduced to valid and reliable intercultural learning assessment tools, improve their understanding of how to facilitate intercultural learning during a study abroad program, and become aware of options for engaging in scholarship and learning of study abroad.

5 posts

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Daniel Charles Jones

ACCLIMATE Workshop for Visiting Scholars

Adapting & Connecting to Community while Living Internationally Workshop Series. This workshop curriculum was created to provide support to visiting scholars in acclimating to living internationally. The pilot curriculum was created through a partnership with Purdue University's Office of International Scholar Services and the Purdue Polytechnic Institute.

11 posts

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Daniel Charles Jones

Publications on Intercultural Learning in Study Abroad Setting

The collection includes publications, presentations, and reports in the field of intercultural learning specifically in study abroad setting. 

7 posts

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Lan Jin

Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Lesson

Blue eyes/brown eyes is a discrimination lesson created by Jane Elliott in 1968 in response to one of her third grade students asking her why Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed. Jane Elliott taught at an almost all-white elementary school in Riceville, Iowa. For this lesson, Elliott divides her students based on the color of their eyes: blue/green eyes in one group and brown eyes in the other. One group is told that they are smarter, quicker, and cleaner, and just overall better than the other group, and they are also given privileges such as more time at recess and more food at lunch. The "inferior" group, on the other hand, is disparaged throughout the lesson and told that they are not allowed to associate with anyone from the privileged group. Once her teaching career came to an end, Elliott began traveling around the United States and several countries overseas to facilitate the lesson with various groups.

The lesson was and continues to be controversial. Some laud Elliott as bold and courageous while others say she went too far. This collection compiles some of the rich history and commentary surrounding the groundbreaking Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes lesson. 

8 posts

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Lindsey M Macdonald

Assessment

0 posts

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Frances Baxter

Priviledge

1 posts

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Frances Baxter

Study abroad

1 posts

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Frances Baxter

Publications on Intercultural Learning on Campus

This collection includes publications/presentations focusing on intercultural learning on campus. 

2 posts

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Lan Jin

Research on Grit and Study Abroad

This collection compiles research on the relationship between grit and study abroad. Grit, defined as "perseverance and passion for long-term goals" (Duckworth, Peterson, Matthews, & Kelly, 2007), has become a buzz word in higher education, as many cite this trait as the key to student success. Researchers almost unanimously agree that grit is cultivated through experience. Therefore, study abroad programs, which afford experiential learning opportunities, may help students develop higher levels of grit—and, in turn, higher levels of success. 

However, grit is not without controversy. Critics argue that the focus on grit (which is sometimes seen as an innate trait that one either "has" or "doesn't have") detracts from higher education's systemic inequities that disadvantage marginalized students. Therefore, this collection also presents research on the negative aspects of grit as well as the challenges that marginalized students confront when deciding to study abroad. 

40 posts

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Lindsey M Macdonald

COIL (Collaborative Online Intercultural Learning) a.k.a. Globally Connected Classrooms a.k.a. International Virtual Education

Faculty interested in or engaged in COIL can find resources here relevant to the development and assessment of intercultural competence in virtual international education.

21 posts

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Kris Acheson-Clair

Transformative Learning Theory

Transformational education and transformative learning have become buzz words in higher education recently, often applied rather lightly to experiences and processes far beyond what is meant by the terms in traditions of scholarly literature, and often claimed with little or no attempt at assessment. This collection is meant to be a resource for anyone interested in learning more about the decades of research on Transformative Learning Theory sparked by the work of Jack Mezirow in the field of adult education in the early 1990s. 

6 posts

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Kris Acheson-Clair

Purdue University School of Languages & Cultures Intercultural Learning Study Group, Fall 2019

This collection includes slides, readings, and activities from an 8-week opportunity for faculty and instructors from the School of Languages and Cultures to explore the field of intercultural learning in relation to the field of language teaching and learning.

Learning outcomes for participants:

  1. Recognize several theoretical frameworks for understanding intercultural learning and identify general issues of inquiry in this area.
  2. Articulate connections between language acquisition and intercultural learning.
  3. Align teaching tools, assessment methods, and classroom strategies with particular frameworks of intercultural learning.
  4. Integrate at least one new intercultural learning outcome and its assessment into a course through backward design. 

 

13 posts

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Aletha D Stahl

Study Abroad Faculty Director's Workshop

Materials for use with Faculty-led programs to promote intercultural growth abroad. 

0 posts

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Allison J Spenader

Leadership

1 posts

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Annette Benson

Diversity and inclusion in the college classroom

Source:

https://provost.tufts.edu/celt/files/Diversity-and-Inclusion-Report.pdf

This is a faculty-focused report that features 20 articles about the importance of diversity and inclusion in higher education settings and practice/activities that can be applied by faculty. For example, in Teaching and Learning “Respect” and “Acceptance” in the Classroom, the author notes a DEEP model (Developing appropriate language use, Encouraging open and honest dialogue, Empowering students to share, Processing information by reconnecting it to course content). These articles contain many practical tools that can help create an inclusive and respectful classroom environment.

 

0 posts

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Lan Jin

Climate for learning and openness

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/282890513_Climate_for_Learning_and_Students'_Openness_to_Diversity_and_Challenge_A_Critical_Role_for_Faculty

Citation: Ryder, A. J., Reason, R. D., Mitchell, J. J., Gillon, K., & Hemer, K. M. (2015, October 5). Climate for Learning and Students’ Openness to Diversity and Challenge: A Critical Role for Faculty. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0039766

This article examines the relationship between perceptions of climate for learning and students’ level of openness to diversity and challenge (ODC). Using Bronfenbrenner’s process-person-context-time (PPCT) model of student environments as the theoretical framework, the study found that a climate for learning and faculty advocacy for the respect of diverse ideas is positively associated with students’ openness to diversity and challenge. Faculty members who encourage the exploration of different cultures and worldviews help increase students’ ODC.

0 posts

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Lan Jin

Empathy

2 posts

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Mark Rash

Testing 2

1 posts

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Yu-Chuan Chen

Chrissy_Testing

1 posts

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Yu-Chuan Chen