Think Global: Internationalisation of learning and teaching
Internationalisation is prominent in key University strategies and statements, including the Learning and Teaching Strategy 2011-16. Think Global is an institution-wide project to support the internationalisation of L&T. Under the leadership of Professor Ian Bache, the University’s Director of Learning and Teaching (Internationalisation), Think Global builds on institutional approaches and strategies and speaks to the goals of global employability and global citizenship.
Informed by the aims of the Learning and Teaching Strategy 2011-16, the University Strategic Plan and the Sheffield Graduate objectives, Think Global focuses primarily on:
- Internationalisation of curriculum content and delivery
- Student integration
In addition to providing resources and directing staff to examples of good practice in support of students at various points of the student life cycle, Think Global activities include:
- Student Ambassadors for Learning and Teaching (SALTs) are working on a cross-cutting institutional research project to look at integration between home and international students in the learning and teaching environment. Listen to their preliminary findings which were presented at the Seventh Annual Learning and Teaching Conference in January 2013. Click Session 18.
- In addition to advice on internationalisation initiatives, funding has been provided to academic staff for individual or group projects (to a maximum of £1500) which help to implement the internationalisation of L&T. Project descriptions are available, see Internationalisation of Learning and Teaching - in practice.
- Professor Bache is aiming to visit all heads of academic departments in 2012-13 to discuss any challenges faced in the area of internationalisation. Project staff will try to offer advice and support to help address them.
- We will be hosting a participatory workshop as part of the Higher Education Academy's Workshop and Seminar Series. This event, entitled "Improving integration in the learning environment: Student and staff perspectives", will be held at TUOS on 12 June 2013. More information.
- An induction event on L&T strategic priorities for all new staff who teach took place on February 6, 2013. This session, which will be repeated twice-yearly, included a focus on internationalisation.
"Our concern is the experience of both home and international students throughout the student lifecycle and to promote cultural agility and develop a truly international ethos."
Professor Ian Bache, University Director of Learning and Teaching (Internationalisation)
Sharing examples of practice
If you have any comments, are involved in something you think we should know about, or are keen to share examples of practice in any activities relating to the internationalisation of Learning and Teaching, please contact Mary Kane of LeTS.
The Right to Education in a Globalized World. Lindahl, R. (2006), Journal of Studies in International Education (10) 1, 5-26. eJournals
The Internationalisation of Higher Education: A Paradigm for Global Citizenry. Gacel-Ávila, J. (2005), Journal of Studies in International Education (9) 2, 121-136. eJournals
Monitoring the Quality and Progress of Internationalization. Knight, J. (2001), Journal of Studies in International Education (5) 3, 228-243. eJournals