Teaching in the glocal university

This course is an introduction to the main issues surrounding teaching and learning at an international university.

What is the course about?

This course is an introduction to the main issues surrounding teaching and learning at an international university.

Based on evidence-based scholarship of teaching and learning, discussions, and own reflections, it will enable participants to reflect upon their current teaching practices, while gaining a better understanding and appreciation of their students, their backgrounds and needs.

Through this course, participants will be able to integrate elements of international / intercultural education within an instance of teaching.

Upon completion of this course, participants are expected to be able to

  • Define the concept of internationalisation of education at university and its impact on teaching and learning, reflecting upon the specific context of KI
  • Explain the pedagogical implications of teaching and learning in English at the university and consider the consequences of these choices in own teaching practices
  • Revise own course materials and teaching practices in order to use their students as resources from an intercultural perspective, justifying changes
  • Examine a teaching observation with a focus on the international classroom
  • Integrate perspectives related to global health in own course, enabling students to have a fact-based world view
  • Identify appropriate tools and strategies for the management of heterogeneous group work

How is the course structured?

The course consists of six modules including the final assignment:

  • Internationalisation: definition and context
  • Intercultural competence and communication
  • Teaching in English at the university
  • Global health for global engagement
  • Teaching, learning and assessment in the international university
  • Internationalising an instance of teaching


  • Carroll, J. (2017) Tools for Teaching in an Educationally Mobile World. Routledge

How does the course unfold?

This blended learning course is equivalent to two weeks of full-time academic studies. The course is online.

The course will be laid out over a semester, mainly conducted via the learning platform Canvas through mandatory individual written assignments and literature reviews, as well as group discussions and peer feedback in small groups. Detailed instructions on course assignments, group discussions and specific deadlines are available on Canvas.

This course is a continuation course and it is recommended that KI teachers have previously followed the course GHPD or have had basic training in higher education pedagogy.

How is the course assessed?

Assessment of course ILOs will take place by completion of the following assignments:

  • Written report on course/syllabus revision and micro-teaching session.
  • Observation of a teaching situation, focusing on the context of the international classroom.
  • Written critical incident related to the international classroom.

Course Autumn 2023

Language: English

Course dates: 5 Oct 2023 to 7 Dec 2023 (equivalent to 2-weeks full-time study).

  • Meeting 1: 5 Oct 9-16
  • Meeting 2: 19 Oct 9-12
  • Meeting 3: 9 Nov 9-12
  • Meeting 4: 23 Nov 9-12
  • Meeting 5: 7 Dec 9-12

Location: Online  (Maximum number of participants: 15)


 This education round is fully booked. You can still register for the waiting list

Course leader

Natalie Jellinek

Affiliated to teaching/tutoring

Course facilitators

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