Educational research seminar, 16 December 2016
Internationalising HE: strategic aims and pedagogical practice
Dr Claudia Bordogna, Senior Lecturer, and Halina Harvey, Academic Skills Tutor
University of Huddersfield
The seminar was recorded, and is available to watch on Q-Review for QMUL staff and students.
The internationalisation of higher education is a complex phenomenon. So how are universities reacting to the changes which it brings? Is it a case of simply recruiting international students or are there more significant, strategic changes within British HEIs?
As practitioners working in international and transnational education we are aware that we represent a global academic community. We have a responsibility to ensure all our students, staff and organisational functions, support the needs of our changing student cohorts. From 2000 – 2010, the number of internationally mobile students doubled world-wide. The UK is the second highest ranking destination. At the same time faculty are becoming increasingly international. It is evident to all of us who work in HE today that the demographic has changed and that the change has been swift.
This session will focus on how these changes impact on British HEIs and the implications for teaching and learning practice.
The session will cover the following:
- HEI strategic aims and how pedagogical practice is manged in the light of key performance indicators.
- Research into international students’ prior learning and the implications for studying in UK HE in terms of both the curriculum and student achievement
- Internationalisation of the curriculum
- Current research into the experiences of international academics working in UK HE
- Examples of staff development and teaching activities associated with internationalisation
Dr Claudia Bordogna BA (Hons), MA, PGCHE, FHEA, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of People, Management and Organisations in the University of Huddersfield Business School. Claudia is a member of the HEA internationalisation of the curriculum and TNE research and practice networks, and was involved with the HEA on a consultation process of the HEAs draft framework for internationalisation of the curriculum. Claudia’s PhD explored TNE partnership development between the UK and China, where she explored the value of activity theory and the morphogenesis approach as tools for deconstructing and analysing TNE partnerships. She is therefore a member of the international society for cultural and activity research (ISCAR), BERA and the SRHE. Her research interests include the development of international (educational) partnerships, soft skill development for improving partner relations, internationalisation of HE, curricula and pedagogical developments.
Halina Harvey MA, FHEA, is a Senior Lecturer in English for academic purposes/learning development at the University of Huddersfield Business School. She holds an MA by Research, BA (Hons) in French and English and a PGCE (PCET) and is working towards an EdD at the University of Manchester. She was Strand Leader (staff development) for the Higher Education Academy’s consultation on the Internationalising Higher Education Framework (2014). She was awarded a UKCISA PMI2 Overseas Study Grant in 2010 and has recently been published in. P. Kneale (Ed.), Masters Level Teaching, Learning and Assessment: Issues in Design and Delivery (1st ed., pp. 105-116). Basingstoke: Palgrave. Her research interests revolve around practice and pedagogy for international students in HE, internationalisation of HE, language and acculturation.