Internationalisation online

The use of information and communication technologies to complement other teaching and learning strategies broadens and enriches the range of tools available to internationalise the curriculum at the module level. The following provides some examples of ways in which online learning tools can be used to achieve the internationalised curriculum.

  • Online simulations in which students must take the role of someone from a culture other than their own that they have researched previously.
  • Online discussion groups in which students are required to explain their own cultural perspective on an issue followed by a written assignment in which they compare and contrast their cultural perspective with the cultural perspectives of other online group members.
  • Web-based research into professional traditions in other cultures.
  • Online tutorial groups consisting of students from different cultural backgrounds who participate in scenarios from professional practice, with obvious intercultural issues embedded within them. The group must develop strategies to resolve the issues.
  • Online multicultural teams are set problem-solving tasks related to the professional area.
  • Mono-cultural groups work offline or online investigating key aspects of their own culture and how these impact on perspectives and points of view on a range of issues. Results posted to a multi-cultural discussion group to form the basis of a written assignment.
  • An online seminar in which students report on research they have undertaken into contributions made to the professional area by different cultural groups.
  • Small multi-cultural online discussion groups compare ways in which international standards and practices are applied in different contexts.
  • Appropriate case studies are posted to an online ‘bulletin board’ and discussed in a series of online discussion groups.