Internationalisation at a Distance: Global Classroom Technologies for Fostering Inclusion and Sustainable Access to International Education
Time: 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Facilitators: Jenna Mittelmeier, Joanne Spicer
Internationalisation of higher education is frequently categorised by applying Jane Knight’s (2008) distinction between Internationalisation at Home (IaH) and Internationalisation Abroad (IA). IaH, on the one hand, aims to develop intercultural and international awareness for students studying at an institution within their home country. IA, on the other hand, refers to education across borders, including the movement of students, staff, and programmes. Yet, we argue that this binary classification of internationalisation requires further elaboration in light of technological advancements in a globally connected world. For example, an increasing number of students now decide to follow a distance learning education programme across geographical borders using technology (Tait, 2018). We, therefore, suggest a new, third category to complement existing theories of internationalised education: Internationalisation at a Distance (IaD), which we define as: ‘All forms of education across borders where students, their respective staff, and institutional provisions are separated by geographical distance and supported by technology.’
This workshop will highlight one example of Internationalisation at a Distance through Durham College’s Global Classroom initiative. The Global Classroom at Durham College is an interactive, high definition live-streamed class allowing learners and community partners an opportunity to interact free of outside influence and geographic boundaries. Durham College’s Global Classes bring students, researchers and community partners together in real time. Students have the opportunity to learn from, and interact with expert researchers, professionals and other students from different parts of the world. The Global Classroom provides students with access to a domestic and international educational experience otherwise reserved for those attending conferences; an opportunity many students do not have.
In this workshop, participants will be asked to reflect on the ongoing role of technology in international higher education and how Internationalisation at a Distance might be further theorised to fit growing technology-supported internationalisation. Further, the workshop will demonstrate Durham College’s Global Classroom by connecting with Ireland (TU Dublin) and Belgium (UC Leuven Limburg) in real time.
Delegation visits: Who’s Visiting Whom And To What End?
Time: 13:30 PM - 15:00 PM
Facilitators: Yibing (Bing) Quek, Sarah Lamade
Student researchers at the Office of International Affairs would like to share preliminary findings from an ongoing research project that explores the role of delegation visits within the context of internationalization in higher education. Higher education institutes currently undertake internationalization in different ways--student exchange, joint degree programs and research collaboration to name a few. Some initiatives involve partnerships with international institutions. These partnerships, more often than not, begin with delegation visits, which serve the important role of initiating, officiating and sustaining said partnerships. From 2008 to 2018, Teachers College, Columbia University received several requests from foreign institutions interested in visiting the College to discuss potential collaboration. These requests and the subsequent visits, yielded two interesting observations: (i) delegation visits often require substantial financial resources (e.g. air travel, accommodation, catering) from both host and visitor; and (ii) while some delegation visits result in collaboration, many do not. These observations lead us to question the motives and impact of delegation visits with respect to institutional internationalization strategy and efforts. Using a variety of methodologies--literature review, survey on perceptions of delegation visits, and media analysis of articles reporting on the visits--the team is examining the role delegation visits play in internationalization. Our findings seek to address questions such as: How do institutions decide which institutions abroad to visit and initiate partnerships? Do certain characteristics of visiting and host institutions (e.g. prestige, location and compatibility of missions) matter more than others in making this decision? Do delegation visits serve more as a symbolic gesture of how internationalized institutions are, than to facilitate actual collaborations? Through a facilitated roundtable discussion at SSFIHE, we hope to use our research findings to generate discussions on ways delegation visits can facilitate more sustainable, impactful and egalitarian institutional partnerships.
Bridging Walls And Borders: An Intercultural Workshop For An Inclusive And Sustainable Internationalization
Time: 15:30 PM - 17:00 PM
Facilitators: María Julieta Abba, Diandra Dos Santos De Andrade
In the present international context there are two contradictory movements. On the one hand, a growing trend towards the internationalization of higher education, promoted by international, regional, and national organizations. On the other, the irruption of power structures that promote discrimination, racism, exclusion, and intolerance. Confronting this contradiction, the proposed workshop will analyze the link between interculturality and the internationalization of higher education, with the aim of building inclusive and sustainable proposals that promote dialogue and mutual learning between different cultures.
Inspired by the ideas of Paulo Freire, this workshop fuses theoretical and practical approaches, in which a problematic theme is presented, paving the way for a collaborative interaction in which ideas and solutions can be (re)imagined and created. To this end, the session will be organized in two parts. First, the main concepts, internationalization and interculturality—including the different perspectives and practices to each—will be presented. The second part will consist of an interactive component, in which several heterogeneous groups composed of students, managers, professors, etc., will be organized.
Each group will have the opportunity to dialogue about the difficulties facing the development of an inclusive and sustainable internationalization of higher education. They will be encouraged to draw on ideas of interculturality in order to develop strategies and build transformative bridges that truly sustain inclusive crossings conducive to the mutual learning and reciprocity between cultures that our international communities necessitate. Finally, the reflections and strategies of the groups will be shared, drawing our conversations to a close, but certainly not to an end. Ultimately, this workshop aims to inspire continued collaboration between different actors in the effort to develop concrete strategies of improving the quality, the reciprocity and inclusiveness of the internationalization of higher education in practicable ways.
From Theory To Practice: Global Learning, Ethics And Reciprocity
Time: 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Facilitator: Emma Wright
As conversations regarding the need for ethical and critical interventions in global learning programming grow, there is often a disconnect between scholarly discussion and the work of practitioners within administrative contexts. The intent of this workshop is to invite participants from both sectors who are actively addressing these concerns (or who are interested in joining the conversation) to meet, share experiences and think through the challenges of engaging with critical research in multiple domains. The focus will centre on conversations of ethical practice within global learning programming particularly when universities are collaborating with communities in the Global South or in situations of heightened power differentials. The specific topic of reciprocity will be utilized as a case study in order to explore how critical thinkers in the field have attempted to broach this theme, as well as how practitioners have sought to address concerns through innovative practice.
A workshop format has been selected for this session in order to ensure an opportunity for participants to actively think through some of these challenges and to share their experiences and ideas for future exploration. At conferences where the intention is to bring together different communities of practice (academics, policymakers, practitioners, etc.) it is essential to create spaces that seek to ensure a conversation among and between these groups. In addition, the hope is that those who straddle these divergent sectors will be able to identify with this topic and bring their experience of operating within different spheres while actively trying to uphold ideas of ethical practice. I myself am seeking spaces in order to have these conversations, as a fundamental driver behind my work is finding ways to bring critical theory and research to my everyday practice within an administrative role at a Canadian university.
Integrating International And National Students In A Mutual Learning Environment
Time: 15:00 PM - 16:00 PM
Facilitators: Jens Christian Stanek, Mikkel Sinius Nielsen, Martin Bregnhøi
Based on the conference goals we would like to contribute to the conference by giving examples of how we work with internationalization in our teaching practice as well as sharing experiences from other conference participants.
We are teachers at the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology. We offer a two year course in multimedia design that has both a national and an international line. During the first year of studies, the two lines are kept separated, but during third semester, the students have the opportunity to select several electives where the students from the two lines are mixed.
We have many different nationalities on the international line. That, combined with a team based learning environment where the students have to work together in small mixed teams, requires internationalization. We are working on how to create an intercultural learning environment in a Danish learning context that leaves space for everyone to learn despite many differences in teaching and learning culture.
We also work on how to integrate the Danish and international lines when the students follow their electives.
At the conference, we will lecture on our experiences with teaching in an international learning environment and how we work with integrating international students into a Danish learning environment.
Hereafter we will facilitate some round table discussions, starting with our own good and bad teaching examples of internationalization. Thereafter, workshop participants are going to discuss own experiences with facilitating teaching in international learning environments. We will collect a catalog of methods and good ideas for optimizing teaching and learning in international teaching environments.