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Building Global Learning Communities: Developing a Tool Kit for International Course Alignment

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Grant Recipients

Elena Neiterman, School of Public Health and Health Systems

Karla Boluk, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Raushan Alibekova, Nazarbayev University

Hibah Sehar (Research Assistant)

Tierney Boyce (Research Assistant)

(Project timeline: September 2019 - August 2020)

Description

The goal of this project is to examine students’ and instructors’ experiences with integrated curriculum design (ICD) to promote internationalization and enhance critical thinking. Specifically, we plan to formally align a 3rd year undergraduate course offered at the School of Public Health and Health Systems at UW with a graduate course offered in the Master’ of Public Health Program at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. Students will cultivate local and international collaborations with fellow students and community partners, engage in peer-to-peer learning, and develop student-driven community engagement activities. Adopting Brookfield’s (2015) Critical Incident Questionnaire we will examine (a) the benefits/challenges stemming from the implementation of an international ICD for fostering internationalization; and (b) the impact of this collaboration on students’ abilities to think critically about course material and external contexts. Upon completion of this project, we will develop a tool kit for course internationalization that can be used by instructors across disciplines.

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