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Facilitating Group Work and Participation in Intercultural/Multicultural/Diverse Classrooms (2.5 hours)

March 2

Registrations are closed for this event

The cultural landscape of Canadian postsecondary classrooms has shifted dramatically in the past 20 years.

Today’s classrooms are diverse communities that hold the potential to build bridges across many dimensions of difference. The goal of this session is to introduce participants to a set of learning activities and strategies that they will be able to use when teaching across cultures.

During this 2.5-hour session, participants will:

  1. learn concrete strategies to facilitate group work and participation in the classroom;
  2. design activities to promote engagement across cultures among their students; and
  3. debrief case studies that illustrate different communication styles in the classroom.

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Session 1

Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, Room E210
Friday, March 2, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session 2

Location: Welland Campus, Room AH161
Date: Friday, March 2, 2018
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Invited Speakers

Nanda and Aisha are the recipients of the 2017 Christine A. Stanley Award in Diversity and Inclusion Research in Educational Development; and have shared their work on intercultural teaching competence with faculty at Fanshawe College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langara College, Brescia University College, Simon Fraser University, as well as three universities in Hong Kong.

Dr. Nanda Dimitrov
Nanda Dimitrov

Dr. Nanda Dimitrov is the Director of the Teaching Support Centre at Western University, Canada. Nanda has been teaching in higher education for over 20 years. Her work as an educational developer focuses on graduate education, mentorship across cultures, and internationalizing the curriculum. Her recent publications have explored disciplinary communication competence, the impact of International TA training programs, and the development of intercultural teaching competence. She has been invited to speak about her work at over a dozen Canadian colleges and universities, and facilitated faculty development workshops at universities in Switzerland and Hong Kong.

Aisha Haque
Aisha Haque

Aisha Haque is the Associate Director, Graduate Education at Western University’s Teaching Support Centre, and she previously taught Writing and Communication at Fanshawe College. Drawing on her background in equity pedagogies, she supports the development of intercultural teaching competence among instructors. Her recent publications have explored the benefits of discipline-specific approaches to TA training and the application of intercultural teaching competence across the disciplines. Aisha’s current research seeks to establish ethical principles to guide internationalization in higher education.