Intercultural Awareness Competence
University is a highly multicultural and multinational community and has sought
to find ways to build on this position in a positive way which enhances the
ability of staff and students to operate across global boundaries. In order to do this they have investigated
new methods of learning which would reach the learning outcomes more
effectively than more traditional approaches.
To this end Aston has won awards for the work which they have carried
out in partnership with the MAP Consortium, a group of creative artists working
in a range of media. Over four years
Aston has developed this highly interactive activity, first with students, and
then, because it was identified as being even more sustainable, with
staff. Aston’s Postgraduate Certificate
in Professional Practice (compulsory for all new teaching staff) now
incorporates this innovative intercultural awareness training. In this section you will find the OER Aston developed which incorporates
video footage of this work, evaluations of its effectiveness and research
informed commentary on the development of this work.