EQUiiP Summer School and transnational meeting

 

Representatives of all the EQUiiP partner universities are currently at the University of Bordeaux for the transnational meeting which took place on Monday 14th May and the Summer school which started on Tuesday 15th. This is an opportunity for us to try out all of the EQUiiP modules on the same group over four days and to see how they work in combination. We are lucky enough to have a fantastic group of participants who are engaged and enthusiastic and the facilitators have been getting some great feedback.

The social programme has more than made up for the cool spell that Bordeaux is currently having, with a delicious meal at the panoramic restaurant at the Cité du Vin on Monday evening, a walking tour of Bordeaux today and an evening reception in the university gardens tomorrow evening.

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EQUiiP Copenhagen meeting – January 2018

The EQUiiP team were hosted by the University of Copenhagen for their fourth Transnational meeting from 25th to 26th January 2018.

Teams from University of Groningen, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Copenhagen and Freiburg University presented early development of two modules – Facilitating Group Dynamics to enhance intercultural development and learning and Feedback and reflective practices.   The group also previewed the first EQUiiP summer school, which will take place in Bordeaux in May.

Many thanks to our colleagues from University of Copenhagen for such great organisation – and good restaurant choices!

 

Module B rolled out at GCU London

Following the feedback and experience of piloting EQUiiP’s Module B in Groningen in 2017, the team of Ine Noben and Jellina Timmer form Groningen University and Helen Gallagher and Thomas Peschken from Glasgow Caledonian University revised and streamlined the delivery of Module B in consultation with the project’s management committee. Ine Noben joined Thomas Peschken at GCU London to run the enhanced Module B.

As GCU London’s Programme Leaders are re-developing part of their portfolio currently, running through Module B created some actionable outputs. They explored how they can support their peers, module leaders and tutors in designing more internationally inclusive programmes of study and constructively aligned intended international learning outcomes, activities and assessment. The workshop was highly engaging with participants and facilitators alike enjoying the enhancement-focused collegiate atmosphere.

Kevin Haines from the EQUiiP management committee observed the workshop reflecting on further facilitator requirements and fine tuning.

Thomas Peschken said: “It was great to see the module run with the target group and initiating some real impact at this point in the project!”

Ine Noben adds: “This second run gave us the opportunity to emphasize the alignment of the intended learning outcomes and different activities of module B itself. The run further highlighted the need of context-specific and timely feedback to participants.”

 

Trial run of Module B in Groningen


The collaboration between Ine Noben and Jellina Timmer (University of Groningen) and Thomas Peschken and Helen Gallagher (Glasgow Caledonian University) led to a fun trial run of Module B on Thursday, 26th of October in Groningen.

The collaborators brought a broad range of expertise to the team from dedicated educational developers to academic leads with educational development responsibilities. The team was truly international with four different nationalities based at campuses in Groningen, Glasgow and London.

The active day involved completing a global warming activity, role play, a TOWS reflection to think about how to support the development of IILOs on course and programme level. Participants went through the process of supporting each other as educational developers – identifying some challenges and support strategies for developing IILOs.

A case video was developed by the help of Susanne Täuber (Associate Professor at the University of Groningen) to further enrich the context and experience of module B. The day ended with highly engaged discussions on how individual institutions will need to focus on different development angles and how to take this forward.

EQUiiP activity groups

In early 2017, the EQUiiP leadership team in Groningen reviewed how the project would be structured in terms of outputs and, specifically, activity groups.

These groups will work on their activity between transnational meetings on the basis of what is discussed and agreed during each meeting. They will also contribute ‘expertise’ in their area during the meetings to ensure that there is consistency from module to module. This structure has been discussed and approved by the EQUiiP Management Committee so that preparations can be made in advance of the meeting in Aarhus. The activity groups will be implemented during the meeting at Aarhus. Overall coordination of these groups will lie with the academic coordinator at Groningen (Kevin Haines).

(1) ED professional competence profile (Outcome 1) led by Stacey Cozart (Aarhus)

A matrix with a CPD competence profile for EDs in internationalized curricula and other international programmes in HEIs will be developed in the first twenty-one months of the project. This competence matrix will list a set of essential international competences and the related behaviours/capabilities at junior, advanced and senior level. Specific criteria will be described which will then be used to ensure that the modules are aligned i.e. that in combination they cover all the competences required by EDs working in the international curriculum. The matrix also ensures that where a certain competence is covered by more modules, there is a designed progression in the level of the competence, and that any overlap between modules has been considered and deemed necessary. The matrix will provide the developers of the various modules with a consistent point of reference throughout this project and will allow the project management to check whether the modules are fit-for-purpose in terms of their content.

(2) EQUiiP Manual (Outputs 7&9) led jointly by Joyce Kling (Copenhagen) and Joanne Pagèze (Bordeaux)

The project partners will produce a manual that can be used by HEIs when running the modules either separately or in the integrated programme. The manual will become a key feature of the EQUiiP platform (EQUiiP.eu), and will also provide a resource for the delivery of EQUiiP workshops during and after the project. The manual will include descriptions of the activities and core materials and tools in each module. It will also contain supporting sections on ‘tips and tricks’ for EDs and FAQs as well as a glossary of key terminology or jargon and links to essential and recommended reading.

(3) Research and publications (Outputs 10&11) led by Emma Dafouz (Madrid)

Academic articles reporting on the findings of the implementation of this project will be submitted to international journals (e.g. Language and Education, Teaching in Higher Education, Studies in Higher Education, Applied Linguistics, etc) so that, in addition to the educational audience, this work reaches a wider research community. Concurrently, the publication of academic papers would help to problematize and develop our conceptual understanding of the issues stated in this project (Internationalization, Educational Quality, Inclusion and Higher Education) and could serve as theoretical anchorage for other research in this area.

(4) Online platform (website & communication) (Output 8) led by Julie Adair (Glasgow)

After the transnational short staff training, work will begin on an online platform (EQUiiP.eu) which will be developed during the period of evaluation and be made available in a Beta version at the Winter School. The platform will be adapted after the Winter School and refined so that it can be formally launched at the transnational final conference.

 

EQUiiP partners promote the project

Almost as soon as the EQUiiP kick-off meeting finished in Glasgow in October 2016, the project’s partners began to promote the initiative at their home institutions.  Press releases appeared on the news sections of the websites of Aarhus University, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Copenhagen, University of Bordeaux, University of Groningen and University of Freiburg.  We hope there will be more news to share soon as EQUiiP develops.