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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December 13, 2019 | by

Group Work 101 – Organizing Student Teams

You have a team project in your course this semester.  Should you encourage students to form their own teams?  Or should you put them into groups?  Will it make any difference in the overall outcome of the project? As you consider your decision, you might imagine the possible results of each scenario.  If you put…

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November 8, 2019 | by

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,…

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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…

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