Internationalising education: Implications for teaching and learning and the curriculum

Clayton, John (2011) Internationalising education: Implications for teaching and learning and the curriculum. In: Proceedings of International Distance Education Conference (iDEC) 2011 [CD]. Universiti Sains Malaysia.

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Educational institutions across the world are increasingly engaging in international distance education. Those institutions who produce distance learning events often regard participation as a generator of income. Those who participate in the learning events often do so to gain a recognised international qualification. This internationalisation has resulted in the creation of diverse cultural cohorts and the integration of distance educational theories in course design and delivery. As a consequence, educators are now engaging with increased numbers of culturally diverse learners in learning environments they are unfamiliar with. Constructivists argue educators need to be encouraged to reflect on their prior experiences, acknowledge the influence of learners’ prior experiences on the learning process and engage in the design of e-learning events to meet the needs of this diverse cohort of students. This is often a task they are unprepared for. Reflective-frameworks enable individuals to make connections and comparisons between their existing experiences and recognised standards. In essence individuals make meaning from their experiences in relation to accepted practice. This keynote presentation explored the use of reflective-frameworks. It illustrates how self-reflective frameworks encourage educators to re-think their conceptions of teaching, learning and the curriculum and generate personal learning plans to suit their time-frames, location, language and culture. The keynote concluded by arguing self-reflective frameworks encourage institutions to rely on international standards in the creation of learning events rather than brand. This approach truly internationalises the curriculum.

Item Type:Book Section
Additional Information:Conference held 12-14 September, 2011, in Penang, Malaysia
Keywords that describe the item:Internationalisation, curriculum development, reflective frameworks
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Research Facilities > Emerging Technologies Centre
ID Code:1289
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Deposited On:05 Oct 2011 21:32
Last Modified:05 Oct 2011 21:32

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