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Internationalisation and globalisation are familiar terms in higher education these days, and in their broadest sense, usually refer to 'all instances where there are inter-national relations in Australian higher education' Clyne, Marginson and Woock (2000, p.4), including:
With the advent of global travel and mass media, it has become possible for students to receive their university education in many different countries. Universities now have policies and procedures relating to the internationalisation of curricula, and ways of working with, and supporting, diverse groups of students. There are also more professional development activities for staff to help them cater for the increased diversity in student cohorts.
Internationalisation trends are also more apparent in the work place. Some professions are now internationalised in the sense that they have established systems for recognising qualifications across the globe, and many companies are now based in other countries, or have branches worldwide. For this reason, it is important that students learn to operate in culturally diverse, international contexts.
The advice from your colleagues is aimed at helping you to:
This module is based largely on interviews with a number of Deakin University staff who have experience in teaching diverse cohorts of students, particularly those who have come from another country to study at Deakin. These staff are:
Oversight of the module's development, including the development of the video scenarios, was undertaken by Siew Mee Barton, now in the Bowater School of Management and Marketing, Faculty of Business and Law. Special acknowledgements to Peter Lane, Knowledge Media Division who produced the video scenarios, and to Mary Rice, former member of the Institute of Teaching and Learning who analysed the interviews and prepared this material, with the assistance of Dale Holt.