The development of an on-line module for students on “Working in Inter-cultural Teams”
Quinn, Carole & Smith, Judith E. (2010) The development of an on-line module for students on “Working in Inter-cultural Teams”. In 13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference, 27-30 June 2010, Intercontinental Hotel, Adelaide, SA. (Unpublished)
Since 2005 QUT through a number of large Teaching and Learning Grants has sponsored a range of teamwork learning initiatives to assist students to develop the teamwork skills demanded by industry. After a suite of six online team learning modules was developed, first year unit coordinators requested an additional module to address the challenges of working with the diverse range of social, cultural and personal values that students from different backgrounds bring to student teams. The Intercultural Teams module asks students to map themselves against a Cultural Orientations Framework so they can understand their own cultural beliefs. By learning about other cultural orientations and comparing and analysing their effects, team members can develop communication and team process management strategies to leverage their differences to realise effective and creative outcomes. The interactive session will demonstrate the elements of the Intercultural Teams module and ask participants to consider ways the module can be integrated into classroom learning to support the development of students’ intercultural competencies.
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