Blended Learning in Mobility: Effective Program Delivery, Support and Assessment

Abstract

Merely the "act of going abroad" is not enough to gain intercultural skills/sensitivity and research shows that the two most powerful variables in developing intercultural competence through any mobility program are (1) regular reflection guided by (2) skilled facilitators. 

During this session, participants will get a chance to analyze a state-of-the-art mobility program established by a government in collaboration with a non-profit educational organization for Australian and Indonesian youth. The program design is based on blended learning; including online learning, real-time webinars, peer to peer mentoring and face-to-face seminars is delivered by qualified facilitators and includes pre and post intercultural skills assessment. 

Apart from the key design elements of the program, results of a small-scale impact study of the intercultural competency development of the first cohort will also be presented. Additionally, participants will have a chance to discuss how alumni and faculty can support mobility program participants remotely, using the latest technologies and resources.