Learn to better understand and navigate cultural differences, facilitate others’ intercultural learning, and be a more effective and inspired educator.

Next Session:  September 7 – November 16, 2018

Are you an educator who works across cultures, whether leading study abroad or domestic immersion experiences, working with international students, teaching language courses or other topics that are intercultural or international in nature, or engaging with an increasingly diverse student population?
 

Whatever your role in education, you are likely working (and living) in an increasingly diverse environment. Foundations of Intercultural Learning & Teaching will help you better understand and navigate the differences, facilitate others’ intercultural learning, and be a more effective and inspired educator.
 
Do you find the experience of working with students from diverse backgrounds stimulating, yet also challenging at times?  Would you like to better connect with and help all of your students not only learn, but grow as human beings?  What if you could learn and grow through that process as well?
 
By developing your own intercultural competence and ability to facilitate others’ intercultural learning, this program will help you connect with your students (and others in your life) on a deeper level and make intercultural experiences more transformative and enjoyable for you and those you’re working with. 

Fall 2018 Dates Announced!

Dates for the next session of Foundations of Intercultural Learning & Teaching are:
September 7 – November 16, 2018
Sign up below to receive updates about registration.

What is Foundations of Intercultural Learning & Teaching?
 
Foundations of Intercultural Learning & Teaching is a ten-week professional development program taught online for educators from a wide variety of backgrounds.
 
In this innovative program, you will learn what intercultural learning entails and how to incorporate it into your work to help others develop life-long, transferrable skills. As a result, your learners will interact more effectively and appropriately across cultural differences, grow in their understanding of themselves, and be more responsible and respectful global citizens.
 
In the process, you will enhance your own intercultural competence and learn and grow both personally and professionally. And hopefully you’ll have a little fun in the process.
 
Participating in this innovative program demonstrates your commitment to fostering transformative intercultural learning for yourself and others. As a result, you will be better equipped to serve increasingly diverse audiences, build bridges across difference, manage conflict and challenging situations effectively, and inspire and support intercultural learning, social justice, and inclusive practices in your organization and community.

Who is the program for?
 
Foundations of Intercultural Learning & Teaching is for you if you are an educator—faculty, teacher, administrator, or anyone else working in the field of education—interested in developing your own intercultural competence and fostering students’ intercultural learning.
 
The program focuses primarily on pedagogies appropriate for college- and high school-age audiences. However, it can still be beneficial for educators working with younger students. The focus on your own intercultural development will be the same regardless of the age of your students; it may just require a little more creativity when thinking about how to facilitate this type of learning with your students if they are younger.

 

“I’ve been in the field for quite some time, but [this program] forced me to step back and revisit the work and gave me a real energy to start thinking about new and varied ways we could be approaching international and multicultural work, seeing it differently and more expansively.”

- Moya Marks, Head of Upper School
The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida
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What can I expect to get out of this program?
 
As a result of participating in this program, you will:

  • Understand what intercultural learning is and why it is important (across the curriculum and co-curriculum).
  • Become familiar with basic intercultural communication frameworks, concepts, and theories to help 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 be able to actively apply best pedagogical practices in intercultural and experiential learning to facilitate deeper, more transformational learning.
  • Develop a plan for immediate application to incorporate intercultural learning into your work with students/colleagues/others.
  • Increase your own intercultural competence and develop a personal intercultural leadership practice to continue the learning process after the program ends.

“The course was amazing! It was accessible, customized and personal.”

- Cyan Corwine, Coordinator of International Education
Alfred State, State University of New York College of Technology
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Program Format
 
Drawing on my years of experience in the international and intercultural education field, as well as extensive research—my own and others’—in this area, I created the Foundations of Intercultural Learning & Teaching program with the understanding that developing our own intercultural competence and the capability to effectively facilitate others’ intercultural learning is a practice. In this program, you will learn intercultural concepts and theory, go out and apply the new ideas in your life and work, then discuss that experience and receive feedback, guidance, and inspiration within a supportive learning community.
 
This is an eight-week facilitated, primarily asynchronous online program. What that means is you will be engaging online with materials, as well as with the instructor and other participants, at the time that is most convenient for you. While there will be significant interaction among participants and the instructor, you will not be required to be online at a specific time for in-person meetings, except for one individual session with me (see details below).
 
The program is not, however, completely self-paced. Each week you will have a number of tasks to complete (viewing or reading materials online, completing activities and reflection questions offline, and posting to the forum) by a specific day, then you will be asked to review and comment on your peers’ postings later in the week.

 

Each week there are three main tasks:

Learn

Begin each week by learning new concepts and theories through video tutorials or other online materials. ​

Apply

Complete weekly Field Notes—offline activities that ask you to reflect on and apply what you’ve learned to your own life.

Connect

Post your responses to weekly prompts in the forum, and engage in discussion within the learning community.

In addition, an important and exciting component of this program is that all participants complete the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)—one of the most respected and widely-used tools for assessing and developing intercultural competence at the individual, group, and organizational levels—and receive a one-on-one debriefing session with me.
 
Through completing the IDI and participating in a one-on-one debrief, working through your own individual development plan, engaging on- and off-line with program materials, and building community with a small group of diverse educators from around the world, you will gain a solid foundation for advancing your own intercultural development and helping others do the same.

Enrollment is limited to a maximum of 16 participants in order to ensure an intimate community learning experience.

Curriculum Overview

Week 1:  Introduction to Intercultural Learning

Week 2:  Self-Awareness & Meaning-Making  

Week 3:  Developing Intercultural Competence (IDI Assessment & Debriefing)

Week 4:  Practice / Implementation (no new content)

Week 5:  Cultural Differences that Make a Difference, Part I: Cultural Dimensions

Week 6:  Cultural Differences that Make a Difference, Part II: Communication Across Cultures

Week 7:  Engaging Mindfully / Introduction to Personal Leadership

Week 8:  Cultural Bridging / Practicing Personal Leadership

Week 9:  Design, Facilitation & Action Planning*

Week 10:  Action Planning, continued* (no new content)
 
*Note:  Throughout the program, you will be working on an application plan—thinking about how what you are learning applies to and can be incorporated into a certain aspect of your work (a specific program, course, workshop, advising role, etc.). During the final week, you will share your application plan with and receive feedback from the learning community. In addition, discussion of facilitation and best pedagogical practices will be incorporated throughout the program, going more in depth during the final weeks.

Commitment
 
You should plan to dedicate approximately three hours to the program over the course of each of the eight weeks. Altogether, this program will provide you with 24-32+ hours of instruction, reflection, inspiration, and guidance.
 
How much time you choose to invest is largely up to you, yet you should plan at the very least to commit approximately 1 ½ hour toward the beginning and ½ hour toward the end of each week to this program. The more you are committed to practicing and applying the learning in your own life and engaging with the learning community, the more you are likely to get out of the program.
 
It is important to note that this program is structured to have a direct, positive impact on your work as an educator. Throughout the program, you will be developing an application plan—thinking about how what you are learning applies to and can be incorporated into a certain aspect of your work (a specific program, course, workshop, advising role, etc.). During the final week, you will share your application plan with and receive feedback from the learning community. So any time you spend engaging in this program is time invested in becoming a better educator within your own context.

“I recommend this course to anyone who wants to enhance their own intercultural competency and positively impact the intercultural competency of their students. It helps you to “see” and teaches the value of enhancing your global mindset with intentionality.”

- Greg Rafal, Program Manager, Undergraduate Programs
Center for Global Business, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
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Program Dates
 
Foundations of Intercultural Learning & Teaching is typically offered twice a year, once each during fall and spring semesters. When available, dates for the next session are listed at he top of the page. Sign up at the top or bottom of this page (look for the navy blue boxes) 
to be notified of the next enrollment period.

What's included?
 
Included in this program are: 

  • The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) assessment
  • A one-on-one debrief of your personal IDI results with instructor, Tara Harvey, Ph.D. (a $300+ value!)
  • Video tutorials
  • Video clips to illustrate concepts
  • Handouts that summarize key concepts and theories
  • Activities (to be completed offline)
  • Written reflection exercises
  • Readings
  • A private forum for shared learning and discussion among a supportive, learning- and growth-focused community
  • Additional resources
  • Continued access to program materials after the completion date

About the Instructor

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 and 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 dozens of 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.

Registration Information
 
Registration is currently closed. 
Foundations of Intercultural Learning & Teaching is typically offered twice a year, once each during fall and spring semesters. Dates for the next session are not yet available. Sign up below to be notified of the next enrollment period.

Fall 2018 Dates Announced!

Dates for the next session of Foundations of Intercultural Learning & Teaching are:
September 7 – November 16, 2018
Sign up below to receive updates about registration.

Frequently Asked Questions

You should plan to dedicate approximately two to three hours to the program over the course of each of the eight weeks. Altogether, this program will provide you with 20-32+ hours of instruction, reflection, inspiration, and guidance.
 
How much time you choose to invest is largely up to you, yet you should plan at the very least to commit approximately 1 ½ hour toward the beginning and ½ hour toward the end of each week to this program. The more you are committed to practicing and applying the learning in your own life and engaging with the learning community, the more you are likely to get out of the program.
 
It is important to note that this program is structured to have a direct, positive impact on your work as an educator. Throughout the program, you will be developing an application plan—thinking about how what you are learning applies to and can be incorporated into a certain aspect of your work (a specific program, course, workshop, advising role, etc.). During the final week, you will share your application plan with and receive feedback from the learning community. So any time you spend engaging in this program is time invested in becoming a better educator within your own context.

The short answer: yes and no. To better answer this question, let me explain why I created this program…
 
Previously, as Academic Director of Intercultural Learning at CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange)—one of the largest international educational exchange organizations in the world—I was responsible for developing intercultural curriculum for the study abroad programs and, more importantly, training and supporting the resident staff around the world involved in facilitating students’ intercultural learning.
 
I say “more importantly” because my experience has taught me that a solid curriculum is a necessary but insufficient condition for fostering intercultural learning—skilled facilitation is key. So I focused heavily on trying to provide support and training to the resident staff tasked with facilitating students’ intercultural learning.
 
Eventually, I knew the only recourse to provide the kind of support and training needed to the growing numbers of staff responsible for facilitating students’ intercultural learning would be through an online format.
 
I will admit—I was initially quite skeptical that deep intercultural learning could happen online. Because I know that truly developing one’s intercultural competence does not happen through simple knowledge or content transfer, but involves instead a much more experiential, holistic form of learning. However, I was forced to move past the question of “Can I facilitate intercultural learning online?” to “How can I facilitate intercultural learning online?”
 
So I designed and facilitated an online training program for the resident staff that followed a “flipped classroom” model in line with experiential learning pedagogy. Content was provided online, but much of the learning took place offline—through engagement with and application of the course concepts in participants’ own lives, reflection, and other activities. Small group discussions then provided an opportunity to share, reflect on, and make meaning of that learning on an even deeper level.
 
What I learned through that experience is that combining online learning with real world engagement, continuous application of the concepts and theories in participants’ own lives, and small group discussion and debriefing could indeed lead to deep, transformational learning.
 
One of the biggest benefits was that extending the learning over time—as opposed to compressing it all into a one-time in-person workshop—allowed participants to integrate the learning into their own personal and professional lives in a much richer way, and to continually reflect and get feedback on that process. In addition, the online format made it easier to bring together a diverse group from around the world, which enriched the peer-to-peer experience.
 
So yes, I believe deep intercultural learning can occur through this program because of the way it is structured and facilitated. But no, I don’t think it can happen through online courses that simply provide information about intercultural concepts or theories.

Because learning comes first!  I believe we need to truly understand the learning process first, then think about how to teach and educate accordingly. In this program we focus first on intercultural learning—the process in general and our own intercultural learning—and from there move on to thinking about how to facilitate this type of learning with others.

If you enroll and later decide the program is not for you, you can drop out within the first two weeks for a full refund. I just ask that you demonstrate completion of all coursework up until that point to show you have put in your best effort to get the most out of the program.

The program is typically offered twice a year, once each during fall and spring semesters. Registration usually opens approximately one month before the start date. Sign up at the top or bottom of this page (look for the blue boxes) to receive timely registration information and updates.

“This skill set I learned through this course can be used every day, with anyone.”

- Sally Steindorf, Professor & Chair of Global Studies Department
Principia College
Read Sally's Story & More Testimonials

Additional Questions?
 
If you have any questions or wonder if this program is the right fit for you, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected].

 

Available Options

There are three options for Foundations of Intercultural Learning & Teaching participants. At the urging of past participants, you can now register for the program alone, or take your learning even further by adding one or two coaching/consultation sessions at a discounted rate at the time of registration.

Foundations Program SOLO

$1295

Participation in the ten-week Foundations of Intercultural Learning & Teaching program

IDI Assessment & Individual Debrief

Continued Access to Program Resources & Materials

Participation in Foundations Program Online Alumni Community Group

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Foundations Program PLUS

$1545

Foundations Program SOLO

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A One-on-One Coaching and/or Consulting Session with Instructor Tara Harvey*

COMING SOON

Foundations Program MAX

$1795

Foundations Program SOLO

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TWO One-on-One Coaching and/or Consulting Sessions with Instructor Tara Harvey*

COMING SOON

*Coaching and/or consulting sessions to be scheduled at your convenience during the latter half of the program or within 90 days of completion of the program. Sessions lasts between 75-90 minutes, take place remotely (via Zoom or similar), and can focus on your continued intercultural development and/or consultation in relation to an intercultural teaching & learning project on which you're working. (Note: Coaching/consultation sessions purchased separately cost $300/session, so save by bundling!)

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