2.5.4. Q&A: How can we realise the potential of international study and practice-based experiences through the curriculum? 

Date:  Thursday 8 October
Time: 4:10PM - 5:25PM
Location: R5

Session Type: Panel

Chair: Dr Craig Whitsed, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Student Learning, Murdoch University (Australia)

Q&A: How can we realise the potential of international study and practice-based experiences through the curriculum? (1055)

Recent trade agreements between Australia and several Asian countries signal expanded opportunities for tomorrow’s graduates to live and work internationally. The Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan provides students with opportunities to develop the kind of expertise needed for global employment. Yet studies show that learning from intercultural and international experiences does not occur naturally. Rather, it “emerges from our capacity to construe those events and then reconstrue them in transformative ways” (Bennett & Salonen, 2007). A multi-institutional Australian study has demonstrated that students learn more from being abroad when they engage in learning programs that cover each phase of their experience (Gothard, Downey & Gray, 2012). This session, presented by the Internationalisation of the Curriculum Special Interest Group, will explore theoretical and practical approaches to designing learning programs that realise the potential of international experience. The focus will be on responsible, sustainable approaches that aim to enhance students’ employment outcomes.


Key interest area (KIA): L&T
Sector(s): HE,SCH,VET

Speakers:
Dr Craig Whitsed, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Student Learning, Murdoch University, Australia
Dr Jessica Gallagher, Deputy Director (Global Engagement), The University of Queensland, Australia
Mr Trevor Goddard, Associate Director, Global Programs, Monash University, Australia
Dr Wendy Green, Senior Lecturer, Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching, The University of Tasmania, Australia
Ms Mariana Lane, Project Manager International Education, Independent Schools Queensland, Australia