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Reflections on Intercultural Learning in Higher Education
Institutional Approaches to Intercultural Learning Series: Spotlight on Taylor University May 21, 2018
This is the third post in a series highlighting how different institutions are supporting intercultural learning. This month, the spotlight is on Taylor University, a non-denominational Christian liberal arts college in rural Upland, Indiana, with just under 2,000 students.
 
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Institutional Approaches to Intercultural Learning Series: Spotlight on Purdue University Apr 22, 2018
I often get asked by educators, “What are other schools doing to foster intercultural learning?” So I’m answering this question with a blog series highlighting several institutional approaches to intercultural learning.
 
For background on how I’m defining intercultural...
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Institutional Approaches to Intercultural Learning Series: Spotlight on Augsburg University Mar 19, 2018
I often get asked by educators, “What are other schools doing to foster intercultural learning?” So I’ve decided to answer this question with a blog series highlighting several institutional approaches to intercultural learning. In this month’s post—the...
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Examining the Syllabus as Cultural Artifact Feb 26, 2018
Have you ever stopped to consider how your syllabus—and even your institution and country’s educational system—is influenced by cultural values, beliefs, and assumptions?
 
Our educational institutions—and everything we do within them—are socially and culturally...
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Challenges & Practical Realities of Assessing Intercultural Learning Jan 21, 2018
In November I facilitated a webinar entitled, “Assessing Intercultural Learning: Beyond Assessment Tools.” Due to the high interest in and positive reception of that session, I decided to also write a blog post on the topic.

In this post, I discuss some of the challenges involved in...
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Practicing Intercultural Competence at the Holidays Dec 18, 2017

Winter break is almost here, and many of us will soon be gathering with family and friends to celebrate various holidays. These holiday gatherings can be a lot of fun, but they can also be stressful. One reason is because they oftentimes require us to engage with people with whom we...

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Thankful: Foundations of Intercultural Learning & Teaching Program a Success Nov 27, 2017
Happy belated Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate this holiday! As an interculturalist, it can be a bit difficult for me to reconcile celebrating a holiday that is related in some way to one group of people taking over another peoples’ land (that’s a conversation for another...
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Developing Intercultural Learning Objectives Oct 24, 2017

Significant learning is learning that makes a difference in how people live—and the kind of life they are capable of living. We want that which students learn to become part of how they think, what they can and want to do, what they believe is true about life, and what they...

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Mindfulness for Intercultural Learning, Part II Sep 26, 2017

This is the second in a two-part series on the relationship between mindfulness and intercultural learning. Last month, I discussed what mindfulness is and why it’s an important component of intercultural learning (click here to read Part I if you missed it). In this post, I address the...

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Mindfulness for Intercultural Learning, Part I Aug 30, 2017


One topic that’s come up a lot lately in my trainings that I find people are very eager to learn more about is mindfulness. In this blog post—part one of a two-part series on mindfulness—I discuss what mindfulness is and why it’s an important component of intercultural...

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The #1 Thing You Can Do to Help Students Navigate Cultural Differences Jul 25, 2017

Have you ever wondered how you can better help your students navigate cultural differences (at home or abroad)? I’ve been asked this question by many educators, and my answer often surprises them.

Without hesitation, I would encourage you to first focus not on your students’ learning,...

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​Getting Beyond the Comfort Zone Jun 22, 2017

Update: True North Intercultural now offers a FREE online training on this very topic! It comes with a useful activity and ideas of how you can use or adapt the activity in your context. Click here to enroll in the course now.

I likely never would have met my spouse if I had not consistently...

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