Intercultural experiences are great opportunities to develop intercultural competence and grow as human beings. But research has demonstrated that exposure to and immersion in other cultures is not sufficient. Educators need to actively help students reflect on and make sense of these experiences in order for them to be the kind of high-impact, transformational experiences we'd like them to be.
But how do we do that?!
Introduction to Intercultural Learning & Teaching is an online course for educators that will empower you to help your students (and yourself) make the most of the increasing intercultural learning opportunities available to us all at home and abroad.
Are you an educator who identifies with any of the following?
You sometimes feel frustrated or disappointed that students don’t seem to get as much out of their intercultural experiences as you’d hope. Or you struggle to communicate the importance of intercultural learning to your students and/or colleagues.
You recognize the importance of incorporating intercultural learning into your work as an educator, but aren’t sure how to best go about doing so. Or you have limited time with students, and you want to make sure you’re using that time to the best of your ability to empower students with the tools they need to make the most of the experience.
You would like to provide intercultural training and support to faculty and staff on your campus, but don’t have the time or expertise to do so on your own. You want to increase your institution’s knowledge and understanding around intercultural learning, and develop a shared language around this topic. (If this is the case, register your whole group and complement the learning with in-person meetings!)
... you could empower your students with tools that would help them take more of their learning into their own hands.
... you could help your students better understand their host culture, and at the same time develop transferable skills they could use in other intercultural contexts—both at home and abroad.
Learning how to facilitate intercultural learning doesn’t have to be one-more-thing on your to-do list and doesn’t require you earn a graduate degree on the topic. Because you’re way too busy for that!
I’m Tara Harvey, Ph.D., founder of True North Intercultural, and I help educators foster transformative intercultural learning experiences. I’ve spent almost 20 years figuring out how to effectively and appropriately facilitate intercultural learning and growth, and I want to help you do the same (without spending 20 years learning how).
One resident director I once worked with told me that learning to more effectively facilitate intercultural learning had resulted in his students “complaining less.” What he meant is that as a result of his intentional intercultural facilitation, students had the tools to reflect on, make sense of, and learn from their experiences in ways they hadn’t previously been able to do.
So by increasing your own understanding of intercultural learning and how to facilitate it, you not only help your students learn and develop on a deeper level and interact more effectively with their surroundings, you also make your job easier and more enjoyable!
An online train-the-trainer course that will help you help your students make the most of their intercultural experiences!
Introduction to Intercultural Learning & Teaching is an online train-the-trainer program that will increase your understanding of what intercultural learning entails and provide you with knowledge, tools, and frameworks to confidently begin incorporating more intercultural learning into your work so you can have the transformational impact that will ensure your students remember you and how you helped them learn and grow years from now.
Whether you’re a faculty member, administrator, or resident staff, Introduction to Intercultural Learning & Teaching will help you help your students make the most of their intercultural learning experiences.
As a result of participating in this course, you will:
Understand what intercultural learning is and why it is important.
Learn a four-phase developmental framework that will help you better think about, design, and facilitate intercultural learning experiences.
Become familiar with intercultural communication frameworks, concepts, and theories to better understand similarities and differences across cultures.
Deepen your own self-awareness and understanding of your unique way of making meaning in the world.
Understand and begin to actively apply key pedagogical practices in intercultural and experiential learning to facilitate deeper, more transformational learning.
Tara Harvey, Ph.D., possesses a unique combination of breadth of experience in international education and depth of understanding of the process of developing intercultural competence. Tara began her career teaching English in Spain, then advising international students at Texas A&M University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught undergraduate- and graduate-level intercultural courses at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. As Academic Director of Intercultural Learning at CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange), Tara developed the signature course, ‘Intercultural Communication and Leadership’ (now offered at study centers around the world), integrated intercultural learning frameworks into CIEE’s wide array of study abroad programs, and trained and supported resident staff around the world involved in facilitating students’ intercultural learning.
As founder of True North Intercultural, Tara helps educators and institutions of higher education foster intercultural learning. She presents widely on topics related to intercultural learning in higher education, and is also Associate Faculty at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC). Tara holds a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; a Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; a Masters in International Relations from the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset in Madrid, Spain; and a Bachelors in Communication Studies and Hispanic Studies from Northwestern University. She speaks English and Spanish.