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Methods

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.

Initially, the methods are trialled between the three partner universities, first bi-nationally, then tri-nationally. Then associate partners and academic developers and managers from other institutions are trained in using the methods at national events and helped to establish transnational partnerships. The project team will support new partnerships to implement the methods, whilst continuing to use them with each other as well as additional external collaborators. Everyone is invited to participate in an international conference to share their experience with using the methods in their own contexts and to establish an ‘Intercultural Community of Reflective Practice’ in which the methods will continue to be used.