Multicultural group work – how to make it work for you and your students

Multicultural group work – how to make it work for you and your students

This workshop addresses the challenges of a multicultural classroom setting and how this impacts group work. Re-search shows that just mixing students with diverse back-grounds, local and international students for example, will often not have the intended learning effect and can even cause conflict and frustration. We will discuss factors and associated strategies that are relevant for creating a condu-cive and supportive atmosphere for multicultural group work where all students benefit. You will learn how you can adapt your own teaching practice to make this happen.

Learning outcomes: The participants will be able to…
  • Reflect cultural influences on diverse groups in the context of their own teaching practice,
  • Identify strategies for integrating and supporting all students in multicultural group work settings,
  • Design and evaluate appropriate learning activities and assessment methods.
Contents:
  • Role of personal values (hidden curriculum) on own teaching practice in a multicultural setting
  • Relevant cultural dimensions impacting group work like communication and conflict styles, attitudes to-wards leadership and risk-taking, relationship and task orientation
  • Cultural aspects of team formation & member selec-tion
  • Required preparation and support for multicultural group work
  • Learning activities and aligned assessment methods appropriate for diverse teams
  • Communicative and didactic strategies for academic teachers in multicultural learning settings
Methods:
Awareness raising exercises; Short interactive inputs based on relevant research; Critical incident analysis; (Small group) discussions
Dates
Target group: all staff who (plan to) teach in English and have local and international students in their courses
Maximum participants: 14
Trainer:
Prof. (FH) Mag. Dr. Gabriele Abermann (Salzburg University of Applied Sciences (retired), Austrian National EHEA Expert)
Date: Mon, November 8th, 2021 &
Mon, November 22th, 2021
Time: 9.00 am to 1.00 pm
Room: online (Zoom)
Recognition: Module 2, Diversity in teaching, 12 AE

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