Dynamic Reflective Assessment and the ‘Insta Generation’: The Case of Measuring Intercultural Competence in Study Abroad

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Engaging in Study Abroad (SA) is such an immersive and potentially transformative experience where students are able to develop their academic and employability competencies, such as intercultural competence (ICC). With workforces becoming increasingly globalised this has become a key graduate attribute for young professionals. However,  unlike other immersive experiences such as the ‘Year in Industry’ where benefits are clear to both students and potential employers, for SA the onus is on students to ‘make sense’ of this transformative experience in terms of articulating their experience and development to potential employers. What did you do? Why did you do it?  I […]

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Five Ingredients of Powerful Online Training: Promoting ICC/GC in the Virtual Space

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the globe, many intercultural and global competence activities have had to move online—from meetings to formal and informal learning interventions to virtual exchange programs and online training. As an intercultural trainer working with clients from the nonprofit and corporate sector, higher education, the criminal justice system, and public authorities, I found myself wondering if it is possible to promote experiential learning and facilitate development of intercultural and global competence online.  Fast forward to January 2021: Yes, it is possible! And it can be quite fun!  The nonprofit organization that I work for has just finished […]

Cross-cultural Dignity: Some Rhymed Reflections

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by Francisco Cardosa Gomes de Matos, a peace linguist-educator from Recife, Brazil. Dedicated to Michael Prosser Crossculturally are we learning to live?To Global Cross-cultural Dignity what can we give? When aspects of cultures we compareDo we show them as mutually dignifying pairs?When aspects of cultures we describeHow wisely do we deal with cultural norms they prescribe? Crossculturally, how will Humankind advance?By educating every person/community cross-cultural cooperation to enhance Crossculturally Dignity: when do we seriously violate?When our culture from other cultures we narrow-mindedly isolate Crossculturally how can the world improve East and West?When crossculturally dignifying ways we share our best When […]

Leading with Intercultural and Global Competence

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In a joint effort, the Center for Global Education at Asia Society and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) identified four global competencies students need in order to be successful. These include having the knowledge and skills to 1) investigate the world, characterized by a desire to learn more about the world outside one’s immediate environment; 2) recognize perspectives, characterized by self-awareness and understanding of other viewpoints; 3) communicate ideas, characterized by effective verbal and non-verbal communication with diverse audiences; and 4) take action, characterized by leadership that makes a positive difference both locally and globally (Asia Society/OECD, […]

تحقيق التغيير عبر الحوار الثقافي (Making a Difference through Intercultural Dialogue)

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تحقيق التغيير عبر الحوار الثقافي  “إذا لقيت صديقك في الطريق أو في السوق، فدعِالروح الكامنة فيك تُحرك شفتيك وتوجّه لسانك.دع الصوت الهاتف وراء صوتك يتحدث إلى الأذن المُصغية من وراء أذنه؛فإن روحه تحفظ حقيقة قلبك، كما يحفظ اللسان مذاق النبيذيوم يُنسى لونه وتُطوى كأسُه”. -النبي، جبران خليل جبران‬ نواجه، نحن التربويون، لحظات مصيرية في هذه المهنة تدفعنا للتأمل في الأثر الذي يتركه عملنا على الآخرين والأسباب الكامنة وراء ما نقوم به. أستذكر الآن أكثر اللحظات تميزاً في عام 2016، وبالتحديد يومَ كنت أعمل منسّقة برنامج لبرامج التبادل عبر الإنترنت في إحدى المنظمات المتخصصة بالتعليم الثقافي. كنت آنذاك في زيارة ميدانية […]