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Project methodology

Intercultural Reflecting Team applies models of collegial co-supervision. Academics provide problems encountered during teaching which are discussed by a transnational group facilitated by video-conferencing. The ‘provider’ of the situation learns from observing others discussing their problem.

Intercultural Teaching Process Recall is based on principles of action learning and self-assessment. Academics film and review their own teaching and share an excerpt during a mutually supportive transnational meeting facilitated by video-conferencing. The ‘recaller’ takes ownership of the discussion, during which the other participants help them to reflect rather than making judgments.

Intercultural Peer Observation takes its lead from classroom observation practices. Academics film their own teaching and form transnational pairs in which recordings are shared and disused in a one-to-one synchronous virtual chat.

The methods were trialled between the three partner universities, first bi-nationally, then tri-nationally. Later-on associate partners, academics, academic developers and managers from other institutions were trained in using the methods at national multiplier events, and the project team supported them with implementing the methods in their own contexts. The project culminated in an international conference during which the methods and resources developed by the project were discussed and disseminated and participants’ own experiences of fostering collaborative reflection on teaching and intercultural dialogue were shared and contextualised in the academic debates on reflection and collaborative learning. The project resulted in the establishment of an ‘Intercultural Community of Reflective Practice’, through which transnational partnerships can be set up and the methods will continue to be used. See our Community pages for details of future events.