Promoting Expert Learning: Strategies for the Start of the Semester
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Promoting Expert Learning: Strategies for the Start of the Semester

As we enter each new semester, we look forward to greeting our students, anticipating their journey of learning and development, hopeful for what our students will achieve. In the midst of that hope, our expectations may be tempered with our knowledge, gained from past experience, that some of our students may not succeed. If only…

Cultural Humility
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Cultural Humility

Introducing Cultural Humility When we set out on the journey of developing intercultural teaching practices, the diversity of frameworks and perspectives available can be overwhelming.  Choosing a framework to guide our own complex process of intercultural development can feel confusing. Spitzberg and Changnon (2009) note that among the dozens of frameworks available, there is no…

Responding to Multilingual Student Writing: A Model for Identifying Concerns and Framing Feedback
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Responding to Multilingual Student Writing: A Model for Identifying Concerns and Framing Feedback

In my interactions with faculty colleagues, an often-repeated theme is the need to support students in developing writing skills. Faculty value supporting student writing, recognizing that local employers desire graduates with strong literacy, writing, and communication skills (Conference Board of Canada, 2015). A challenging area for many faculty is determining the best ways to support…

Why Develop an Intercultural Teaching Practice?
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Why Develop an Intercultural Teaching Practice?

Blog post adapted from: Page, C. (2021). Foundations of Intercultural Teaching. Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Responding to the rapid changes in teaching and learning during COVID-19 times has consumed much of our energy as educators.  We have adapted to new methods of creating and delivering content and have searched out new ways to ensure active and…

Overcoming the Challenge of Implicit Expectations
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Overcoming the Challenge of Implicit Expectations

You’ve designed a major assignment or project that challenges your students and allows them the opportunity to integrate their learning.  You’ve been intentional about selecting relevant topics.  You’re excited to see the results of your students’ work.  And then it happens – the assignments come in, and you realize that many students have missed the…

Facilitating Intercultural Friendships in the Classroom

Interacting successfully in diverse groups is recognized as a key competency for students globally in the 21st century (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 2005).  Our globally diverse campus seems to be an ideal learning environment for the development of intercultural skills, as students with a wide range of international experiences study in our…

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Decolonization – First Steps in a Learning Journey

Over the last several years, along with many of my colleagues in post-secondary education, I have begun to learn about the significance of decolonization. At this point, I feel as though I am only on the very first steps of a journey that will extend much deeper. I first learned about residential schools in 2013,…

Getting to Know Your International Students

Christina Page Educational Consultant, Diversity and Inclusion: Teaching and Learning Commons “No culture has ever developed all human potentialities; it has always selected certain capacities, mental and emotional and moral, and shifted others. Each culture is a system of values which may well complement the values in another” — Ruth Benedict As educators, we are often asked…