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COIL (Collaborative Online Intercultural Learning) a.k.a. Globally Connected Teaching and Learning, 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.

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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. 

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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. 

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Allison J Spenader

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.

 

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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.

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Lan Jin

Empathy

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Mark Rash

Testing 2

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Yu-Chuan Chen

Chrissy_Testing

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Yu-Chuan Chen

Peace Corps Prep Assessment Tools -- Formative and Summative

Tools used with students to support their learning and to document their progress on particular learning outcomes. 

4 posts

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Aletha D Stahl

Peace Corps Prep curricula for intercultural competence

This is a collection of syllabi, schedules, readings, and assignments particularly targeting intercultural competence development for PCP students. 

23 posts

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Aletha D Stahl

Building the Skill of Empathy for the Excluded

These activities will help develop the skill of empathy. This collection builds off other ideas about Empathy on the HubICL.

3 posts

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Annette Benson

Study Abroad

1 posts

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Nancy A Boes

Diversity

3 posts

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Nancy A Boes

Prep Course

Activities that would be good for a pre-departure course on cross-cultural awareness and interaction

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Shane Sanders

Simulation Activities

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Julie Medlin

Tools for Developing Student Emotional Resilience (Grit and Comfort with Ambiguity)

Much is being talked and written about as to how we can develop "grit" in our students. Recently in a eulogy for Tyler Trent, the Boilermaker perhaps most often in the news during the Fall of 2018, Purdue's President Mitch Daniels (2019) defined grit as "diligence, persistence and the resilience to face life's inevitable adversity with fortitude." Daniels said that Tyler Trent was "grit personified.  Dealt a hand worse than anyone here is facing, or God willing ever will, never stopped working, or fighting, or moving ahead." This is what we mean by grit.

For more on grit, Hoerr's 2012 article for Educational Leadership, entitled "Got Grit?" is a good place to start. He begins, "Every child needs to encounter frustration and failure to learn to step back, reassess and try again" and then goes on to explain why.  

In intercultural learning, we often talk about emotional resilience, which seems to be a combination of grit and comfort with ambiguity.  Abarbanel (2009) advises that students who travel abroad need to have "an 'emotional passport'" to help them to "regulate intense emotional challenges experienced in cultural transitions."  Waters (2013) provides a list of the "10 Traits of Emotionally Resilient People" which is useful whether or not one is in an education abroad context.

What follows is a collection of tools found in the Intercultural Learning Hub (HubICL) for the teaching of emotional resilience, which might be used to increase the grit and comfort with ambiguity of our students.

 

24 posts

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Annette Benson