A Workshop Template to "Map Internationalisation of the Curriculum"

Internationalisation of the curriculum is not a term you use every day in your work at the university. Yet, it is a crucial term if the leadership at your university intends to drive progress as it must think about the modernisation of the teaching programme.

To assess at what stage your higher education institution or your programme is in terms of internationalisation of the curriculum, it is useful to perform a mapping exercise.

Through this exercise you will lay out all your knowledge and insight related to the issue at hand and will be able to tell what you have, what is missing and what you still need.

However, to trully engage in the mapping exercise, you will first need to understand related key concepts. This material introduces the concepts of Internationalisation at Home (IaH) and Internationalisation of the Curriculum (IoC). In effect, it will help increase the competency of persons using the material to implement the concepts in their own teaching practice.

The Intended Lessons Learned – persons engaging in this activity can be 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.

This material was developed by Luminar Foundation in November 2019 for a CLILMED workshop and is now available to all interested.

The User Guide

The E-Book Summary

This material introduces the readers to the definitions of Internationalisation at Home (IaH) and Internationalisation of the Curriculum (IoC) in the context of programme moderninsation for a global world. The importance of IaH for the sustainable development of the entire teaching institution is discussed. 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. Importantly, the e-book takes an in-depth look at the students and their generations at a university: X, Y, Z and Alfa. {{{{{{{{{ It points to how academic staff mobility influences curriculum development and enhances the quality of education. Culture and its implications for the interactions at an international higher education institution are highlighted. In addition to culture, Intercultural Competence and Global Citizenship are discussed. The concepts of multicultural learning space, the development of knowledge and student employability might be seen in a different light and may afford the readers a different view of their own didactic practice. In the developed material, we ask more questions. 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 readers gain the competence to diagnose the appropriate issues and to implement the necessary adjustments in their teaching programmes. Finally, the readers are ready to conduct their mapping exercise. It is easy to carry out because no professional trainer set is necessary. The instructions are provides and the exercise may be conducted with peers.   

The Mini-Course

Persons interested in the same material but in a form of a course, are invited to use this different form of a learning medium. This mini-course is more interactive, as the platform allows it. It is free of charge but registration is required. It will be available online until October 31, 2025. Click here to access the course.