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Teaching in the glocal university

This course is an introduction to the main issues surrounding teaching and learning at an international university. Participants will be able to integrate elements of international/intercultural education within an instance of teaching.


11th March to 11th May 2020  (equivalent to 2-weeks full-time study).

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.

Participants are expected to achieve a number of objectives:

  • 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 their course in order to encourage global engagement and international disciplinary learning.
  • 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
  • Leask, B. (2015) Internationalisation of the Curriculum. Routledge

How does the course unfold?

This blended learning course is equivalent to two weeks of full-time academic studies and includes one full day and four half days of face-to-face campus meetings. 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.

When and where does the course take place?

Participation to all campus meetings and canvas assignments is mandatory in order to pass the course. Campus days will take place at the following dates and times:

  • 11th March from 9h to 15h30
  • 26th March from 9h to 12h
  • 14th April from 9h to 12h
  • 28th April from 9h to 12h
  • 11th May from 9h to 12h

The course opens on Friday 6th March 2020 and ends on 11th May 2020..

At the end of the course, participants will be expected to use all their expertise to interview student(s) and reflect on issues related to each of the six modules.

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.


Register for the course.

Maximum number of participants: 30.

Course leader

Jennifer Valcke