Internationalization: Inclusive and Responsive Teaching Short Course


Duration: This course will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous instruction taught remotely. There will be portions to read and reflect on independently and then there will be live synchronous one-hour sessions on Wednesday mornings at 10am from Oct 14, 21, 28, and Nov 4. 

Requirements: Participant attendance at all live sessions is expected to complete the course. There will be approximately 6 hours of asynchronous independant work and 4 hours of live synchronous work to meet the course objectives.

This short course brings together a community of learners/practitioners, including graduate students, faculty, sessional lecturers, and staff, who are interested in developing teaching practices that go beyond inclusive intentions to utilizing culturally responsive pedagogical strategies that are responsive to the diverse needs of students, including, but not limited to, race, gender, nationalities and intersecting identities. 

Participants will be able to describe key tenets of internationalization of teaching and learning in higher education and actualize those tenets in their own teaching and learning practice

Some of the topics/themes that will be addressed during the four sessions of this short course include how elements of identity including values and belief systems, diverse knowledge systems, and intercultural competence impact the way we teach and interact with students.    

Topic Schedule (tentative)

Session 1
Introduction: What is intercultural competence?  What does it have to with internationalization? 

Session 2
Epistemology: What does who I am have to do with how I teach? 

Session 3
Culturally responsive pedagogy: Who is in my classroom and how might that inform my teaching and curricular practice?

Session 4
A diversity disposition: How might an intercultural disposition impact my teaching and the relationships I have with students and colleagues? 

Charter Connections

This session addresses these Educator Commitments from Our Learning Charter:

  1. Exemplify learning:
    • Exemplify active learning and curiosity, demonstrate broad thinking;
    • Engage with peers in a respectful manner;
    • Explicitly recognize their own position and work to understand, acknowledge, and value perspectives different from their own;
    • Encourage and foster open and healthy dialogue;
  2. Strive for excellence in teaching:
    • Be aware of the range of instructional methods and assessment strategies
  3. Enhance continuously:
    • Learn about advances in effective pedagogies/andragogies.


Our next course will begin October 2020

Course dates: October 14 to Nov 4th.

There will be approximately 6 hours of asynchronous independant work and 4 hours of live synchronous work to meet the course objectives. Attendance at all the live sessions is expected to complete the course.