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Teaching and supervision across cultures
‘Teaching and Supervision Across Cultures’ is a half day course designed for academic staff working with a mixture of international and domestic students. It explores common challenges encountered by staff when lecturing, facilitating group discussion, supervising postgraduates and developing assessment tasks, providing general tips and insights, and encouraging staff to discuss and workshop strategies for addressing their own specific difficulties.
After attending the course, participants should have:
Learning Approach‘Teaching and Supervision Across Cultures’ takes an interactive, participant-drive approach to learning. The needs of academics working in different disciplines and departments are very different, which means that a workshop of this kind cannot be too prescriptive. The program begins by raising participants’ awareness of the impact of cultural differences on academic study, and then moves on to explore four key areas where difficulties can occur.
General suggestions on how to address problems are provided for each of these areas, after which participants engage in a facilitated discussion where participants can raise their own experiences and discuss strategies for tailoring the general advice to their own specific needs with their peers.
The workshop opens with an interactive activity which exposes some of the unwritten rules used in Anglo-Australian communication and explores how these are built into the teaching style and requirements of Australian academic culture.
The materials for the course are as follows: