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How to Prepare Co-ordinators and Lecturers for Increasingly International Programs?
Uppsala University, University Administration, Planning Division.
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.
2014 (English)In: ICED 2014, 2014Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Abstract: How to prepare coordinators and lecturers for increasingly international programs? Introduction In order to compete worldwide it is essential that universities offer attractive (international) programs that prepare students for a career after their education in a globalizing world. Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) worldwide increasingly attract international students and lecturers studying and working in their institutions. This increase has a significant influence on the organization, coordination and delivery of teaching. "The challenge, then, becomes addressing the needs of both teachers and international students within the context of higher education becoming ever more pressurized and resource constrained" (Teaching international students, 2005, Carroll, J., Ryan, R.) In order of importance, student satisfaction is driven by personal growth, a lively city atmosphere, the ability to learn a new language, interest in the subject area, innovative teaching methods and good teachers, and the intercultural experience. Negative influencers are in general perceived low teacher competence (specifically low language proficiency) and poorly organized university services (Ellis, H., Aart, van, J., 2013. Key influencers of international student satisfaction in Europe). Lecturers are at the heart of university courses and the direct link between students and content. Students coming from abroad may have different experiences, expectations and motivations towards their own education. For lecturers this implies that they can no longer rely on assumptions about their student population and how to convey their message. There now exists both a challenge and an opportunity to tap into and utilize the cultural capital of students, to be more explicit about expectations and to include students for teaching and learning in a global setting. Seminar content To prepare lecturers for their teaching task many HEI's offer educational support programs for new and experienced staff. As part of the U4 partnership a 3 day workshop is offered (International Perspectives in Teaching & Learning) to coordinators and lecturers of international programs about internationalizing curricula and courses. The workshop has been organized 3 times (May 2012 - Uppsala, February 2013 - Groningen, November 2013 - Gent) and be run once again Gottingen in March 2014. The U4 is a strategic partnership between The University of Groningen/ The Netherlands, Uppsala University/ Sweden, The University of Gottingen/ Germany and Ghent University/ Belgium. The partnership stands for a preferential, but not exclusive cooperation in European and International projects, for the development of joint initiatives in research and education and for the organization and promotion of staff and student exchange. During the seminar a brief overview of the organization, content, evaluation and results of the U4 workshop will be given. In addition an overview will be given of the educational support programs for lecturers from the University of Groningen and the University of Uppsala around internationalization. Seminar goal The goal of the seminar is to exchange best practices, experiences and relevant themes with the participants. The presenters will share the outline of the U4 program and wish to learn from the participants. The exchange of information and experiences will give the facilitators and participants input on how to organize the support for coordinators and lecturers of HEI's on internationalization. Seminar discussion The overview will serve as input for a discussion and exchange of experience around the following questions and topics: - How are lecturers at your HEI prepared/ supported for teaching to international students?- - What kind of support is there for internationalization at the organizational level of your HEI?- Which challenges and opportunities do lecturers face in the international classroom?- What are your examples of best practices with the international classroom?

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International classroom, international curriculum, competence training, teaching and learning in higher education
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-226948OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-226948DiVA: diva2:727863
International Consortium for Educational Development, ICED 2014, Educational Development in a Changing World, Stockholm
Available from: 2014-06-23 Created: 2014-06-23 Last updated: 2014-06-23

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