Pedagogical Advancement II
Improving Students’ Intercultural Competence via Online Learning Modules: Interacting Across Cultures – Home and Abroad (IACHA)
Dr. Yvonne LOONG, Independent Learning Centre, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Abstract / Video
In response to an increasing number of CUHK students going for overseas exchange programmes and an increasing number of non-local students joining CUHK, a series of online learning modules titled “Interacting Across Cultures: Home and Abroad (IACHA)” has been developed to improve both outgoing and incoming students’ intercultural sensitivity so that they can interact with people from different cultural backgrounds more effectively. Building on the “Interacting Across Cultures (IAC)” series by the Independent Learning Centre (ILC) which mainly focusses on preparing outgoing students to maximise their learning outcomes overseas before departure, the current expanded Home and Abroad series has included additional modules to support incoming non-local students’ transition to the academic context at CUHK, prepare them for interactions in multi-national workplaces during internships, and help them better understand the Hong Kong community in general. The IACHA series concludes with a video with voices from both students and staff on the best intercultural practices on campus and beyond. This presentation will report how the IAC series has supported outgoing students so far, and how we envision the IACHA series can be used support incoming non-local students.
Note: “Interacting Across Cultures: Home and Abroad (IACHA)” is a TDLEG project jointly developed by the Independent Learning Centre (ILC), the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), and the Office of Academic Links (OAL).