Intercultural learning (ICL) is, as Wikipedia puts it, “a topic which receives much interest.” Interest has risen because, as Deardorff (2006) asserts, “cultural competence is about our relationships with each other and ultimately, our very survival as humankind, as we work together to address the global challenges that confront us in this century.”
Academics may think of ICL as a rich body of research, practitioners may think of ICL as a working knowledge of how to lead and debrief a series of experiential tools, and students of all ages may think of ICL as steps taken to encourage growth in intercultural attitudes, skills, and knowledge. All are correct.
The HubICL is designed to link all of these audiences and to meet the specific needs of each audience. For example, a user may do any or all of the following: contribute research to the repository, answer a question in the forum, create a group of scholars with which to work on a project, and/or find ICL tools to use in the classroom.
The HubICL was created by the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR). Mentorship is CILMAR’s middle name. We endeavor to create a space in which all are enriched through the mentorship of one another in this exciting and growing field.
In May 2019, the GoAbroad Innovation Awards honored the HubICL with its annual award for "Innovation in Technology."
Darla K. Deardorff, 2006: Theory Reflections – Intercultural Competence Framework/Model (pdf)
Intercultural learning. (2016, December 7). Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intercultural_learning
The HubICL is a collaborative space for intercultural specialists, teachers, and students to network, share information, and collaborate on research across institutions. We envision the HubICL as a place to turn to ask questions, find activities, and advance or build your intercultural vocabulary. The first way to share in the HubICL is to become a member, then you’ll have access to Groups, Forums, and our Questions & Answers page. In Groups, you can build your own HubICL community and find members with similar interests. You can start your own group (public or private) for a research project or create a new group on a specific topic. Forums are a place to start a large-scale discussion on a topic, while you can submit a short question to the Questions & Answers page to receive an answer from a community member(s).
You can use the Research Repository in three ways. The first is to read and learn from your peers’ publications. You can also submit a publication directly to the HubICL by visiting the Research Repository and clicking “Start publishing” to attach a file. Lastly, you can use the Research Repository to collaborate on a project with other members. You can begin a new project and invite members by clicking the “Start a new project” button in the Research Repository.
A major component of the HubICL is our searchable Toolbox, a digital collection of intercultural tools to use in your classrooms or at programs and workshops. Sourced from submitted contributions, books on intercultural learning, and other resources, the tools offer group activities, course designs and content, multimedia, and assessment materials. The Toolbox is open to submissions from members, but they are not guaranteed. All tools are edited and curated before acceptance. We hope members will submit their own tools, as well as edit a tool’s “Notes” on their experience after use.