Guidance Material for "Mapping Internationalisation of the Curriculum"

The Context
This Guidance Material was developed by Luminar Foundation in November 2019 and shared with all CLILMED partners during a 3-day workshop. During the seminar the participants explored concepts crucial to the achievement of Intellectual Outputs in the course of the Project: Internationalisation at Home (IaH) and Internationalisation of the Curriculum (IoC).

The Aim
The aim of this Guidance Material is to a) introduce the concepts of Internationalisation at Home (IaH) and Internationalisation of the Curriculum (IoC) and b) increase the competency of persons using the Material to implement these concepts in their own teaching practice.

The Intended Lessons Learned
As a result of the activity, the participants are expected to: 

  • understand the concept of Internationalisation at Home (IaH) and Internationalisation of the Curriculum (IoC) and their strategic and practical implications when defining a modern teaching programme;
  • gain a deeper awareness of the concept of Intercultural Communication (ICC); 
  • be able to diagnose programme elements which require adjustment, plan this adjustment and implement it; 
  • be able to use the provided mapping exercise at home institutions to discover the solutions already available but previously not considered significant and prepare to act for change.

User Guide 
To present it as a Guidance Material from the workshop, the content has been divided into smaller parts (slide sets) and is accompanied by short explanatory notes:

Slide Set #1. Internationalisation at Home: Transforming Societies. 

Through this set of slides the participants are introduced to the definitions Internationalisation at Home (IaH) and Internationalisation of the Curriculum (IoC) as related to a definition of a modern teaching programme in the context of globalisation. This module discusses the importance of IaH for the sustainable development of the entire teaching institution. It highlights the key strategic decisions and an array of practical aspects of changes related to internationalising the higher education institution, with a heavy focus on quality. See Slide Set #1

Slide Set #2. Taking a look at the Staff and the Students

This section briefly discusses the benefits of staff mobility and takes an in-depth look at the students, including the generations at a university: X, Y, Z and Alfa. It ponders how academic staff mobility influences curriculum development and enhances the quality of education. It points to sets of data which should be analysed when adjusting any academic programme to new demands. See Slide Set #2.

Slide Set #3. Teaching in an Intercultural Environment

This section discusses culture and its implications for the interactions at an international higher education institution. It discusses culture, Intercultural Competence and Global Citizenship. Thanks to that the concepts of multicultural learning space, the development of knowledge and student employability might be seen in a different light and may afford the Guidance Material users a different view of their own didactic practice. This part pays particular attention to the Hofstede method of looking at culture, which is one in many approaches. Moreover, it takes a closer look at verbal and non-verbal communication, providing a set of exercises. See Slide Set #3.

Slide Set #4. Internationalising the Content

What are we teaching the students for the modern world? How are we using the European and National Qualification Frameworks? Is our message coherent with the needs as expressed by the students? And that of the employers? These and other questions are tackled in this section. We go through the knowledge, attitude and skills, including the 4Cs (communication, creativity, critical thinking and cooperation), which can be enhanced through internationalisation of the curriculum. The Guidance Material users gain the competence to diagnose the appropriate issues and to implement the necessary adjustments in their teaching programmes. See Slide Set #4

Slide Set #5. The mapping exercise

The mapping exercise suggested during the seminar is easy to repeat outside of a seminar classroom because no professional trainer set is necessary. The exercise may be conducted with peers. See Slide Set #5.