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Launch of the Reimagining Intercultural Pedagogies Lab

This week, we are thrilled to be kicking off the first GlobalEd Lab, on “Reimagining Intercultural Pedagogies.” Our Tuesday kick-off meeting focused on outlining the lab concept, introductions of lab participants, a discussion about identity and positionality, and a dive into problems and opportunities in intercultural pedagogy.

What are GlobalEd Labs?  GlobalEd Labs are new creation spaces, or design studios for international education. These spaces are meant to be highly collaborative. This is not meant to be a traditional webinar or series of webinars, but rather mimicking the experience of a science laboratory or series of laboratories. Imagine that instead of working in isolated campuses and efforts, we instead work a bit like scientists all trying to solve problems together, in collaboration. Participants put on their “lab coats” and imagine that they are in a lab room, working together for a few months on common challenges and approaches.

There are several parts of the lab. First, we consider this to be a mini-consult. If you or your institution are working on something, or want design help or consultation on a program, strategic plan, or assessment, we will provide that mini consultation as part of the lab entry fee. So, essentially, lab participants are getting a small consulting project as part of their entry.

Second, ideally participants have a project that they want to workshop here, be it a program, an approach, a framework, or a strategy to implement. A second goal of the lab is for to work together, with experts in the field, to implement that project, which could be a larger project or goal.

Third, speaking of experts, we’ll be joined by a fantastic group of three of the leading voices in intercultural pedagogy today – Dr. Andrea Thomas, of the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment, and Research (CILMAR), Purdue University, who will speak on Nov. 15; Dr. Nadine Binder,  Institute for Developing Across Differences, who will speak on November 17. Dr. Binder will speak on evidence-based design for intercultural learning programs. Then, on December 8, we’ll be joined by Dr. Tara Harvey, of True North Intercultural, who will be leading participants through a developmental approach to intercultural learning.

A third goal of the lab is to collectively resource and create resources for the field itself. In this way, the lab is somewhat like a working group if you’ve been part of an association working group or similar effort. We’ll be forming some project teams and creating resources which could be used by the field at large.

It’s still possible to join the lab – new participants are welcome to “join in” at any time during the lab, and will have access to all lab resources. You can register for the lab by sending an email to globaledlabs@gmail.com

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