Workshop Series: Betty Leask

27 October, 2011 - 10:00 to 13:00
Terrace Room, ICTE, Sir Llew Edwards Building

Abstract:
In recent years there has been an increasing emphasis in Business Schools, and more generally in higher education institutions worldwide, on how to more effectively ensure that all graduates are prepared for life and work in a rapidly globalizing world. In this world an understanding of the impact of culture on the construction of knowledge and on professional practices and the ability to communicate and function effectively in a multicultural environment are essential for staff and students. In this context, and in the context of this workshop, 'internationalisation of the curriculum' refers to the incorporation of an international and intercultural dimension into the content of the curriculum as well as the teaching and learning arrangements and support services of a program of study.

This workshop will explore 'internationalisation of the curriculum in action' - the point where students engage with each other and with curriculum content and learning activities focused on achievement of internationalised learning outcomes. Associate Professor Betty Leask will lead a discussion of what internationalisation of the curriculum actually means in practice for teaching and learning at the program and course level. The discussion will be informed by her national and international work as an ALTC National Teaching Fellow and as Dean Teaching and Learning in the Division of Business at UniSA. The workshop will include a conceptual framework of internationalisation of the curriculum, short 'vignettes' of internationalisation of the curriculum in different disciplines and an outline of the process of internationalisation of the curriculum at the course and program level. After this introduction the focus will be on developing a plan of action to internationalise the curriculum that takes account of the particular situation within which participants are working and uses a range of resources designed specifically for this purpose.

Followed by lunch.

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Betty Leask, Associate Professor, University of South Australia

Betty Leask is an Associate Professor in Internationalisation of the Curriculum at the University of South Australia (UniSA), Visiting Professor at Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK and co-editor, with Hans de Wit, of the Journal of Studies in International Education. She is recognised as an international expert in her field in which she has published widely and is frequently invited to provide international lectures, workshops and keynotes. The focus of her work for the past 15 years has been on linking theory and practice in the area of internationalisation in higher education. She has done this in various roles, including as a teacher, a manager (as Dean Teaching and Learning in the Division of Business and as coordinator of international staff and student services at UniSA), a researcher and an academic developer. In 2010 she was awarded an ALTC National Teaching Fellowship focussed on internationalisation of the curriculum 'in action' in different disciplinary and institutional contexts. Details of her ALTC Fellowship activities are available at http://www.ioc.net.au/main/course/view.php?id=2.

Betty has been an elected member of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) Board since 2006. She is the convenor of the Association's Internationalisation of the Curriculum Special Interest Group and Chair of the Research Committee.