Internationalisierung der Curricula

November 9, 2017: Expert Workshop "Internationalisation of the Curricula"

"Working in International and Joint Classrooms"

So-called international and joint classrooms for discipline-specific as well as interdisciplinary work can significantly contribute to successful and systematic curriculum internationalisation: They can be formal learning settings in which local and educationally mobile students interact and where cultural ‘otherness’ enriches classroom discussions. However, creating such environments for intercultural interaction and changes in perspective often remains a challenge for faculty. In a similar vein, students generally cherish engaging with cultural diversity in the classroom. Yet oftentimes a complex entanglement of both overt and covert issues ranging from misunderstandings due to language, culture, and academic socialisation to stereotypes, pressure in the face of assessment, or inadequate collaborative assignments influence interactions in international and joint classrooms.

On November 9, 2017 85 participants from 14 countries joined us in acknowledging theoretical views on international and joint classrooms and in looking closely at practice and hands-on approaches.
In the morning, three impulse talks by Prof. em. Betty Leask (La Trobe University, Australia), Dr. Jos Beelen (The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands), and Prof. em. Elspeth Jones (Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom) sparked our conversations on topics related to the mission and vision and the internationalisation of the curriculum in higher education.

During the workshop sessions which were facilitated by Prof. em. Elspeth Jones and Dr. Jos Beelen, both newcomers to the topic and those more experienced were able to engage in discussions on the role and challenges of working in international and joint classrooms. Among the participants were faculty, programme coordinators, international officers, and curriculum developers who shared their good practices.

The event was rounded off by an interactive discussion space in the afternoon, where our colleague from the University of Göttingen Chahira Nouira (E-Learning Service) as well as colleagues from Dutch higher education institutions - Eveke de Louw (The Hague University of Applied Sciences) and Catherine Meissner (Groningen University) - shared insights and experiences.