Workshop: Reimagining Teaching and Learning in Globally Diverse Classes

May 22-24, 2019
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Minneapolis, Minnesota

How do we as teachers facilitate student learning that centers on the globally diverse perspectives that students bring to our classrooms? Join us for an interactive, hands-on workshop where you will have the opportunity to expand and deepen your teaching strategies to engage the global diversity in your classes.

Faculty and instructors from all disciplines face increasing demands to help students develop the intercultural skills necessary to thrive in today’s world. During the workshop, you will learn and practice strategies to facilitate learning among students in support of intercultural competency development as well as content learning. The workshop presenters collectively have decades of experience in the art of facilitation and include leaders of new scholarly works on intercultural learning.

In this workshop, you will:

  1. Reflect on how your instructional mindset or practices support or diminish intercultural learning among all students.
  2. Audit your course learning outcomes to ensure they promote both subject area knowledge as well as intercultural skills required for interacting effectively with global diversity.
  3. Align teaching practices with course learning outcomes by exploring and practicing facilitation and inclusive classroom strategies.
  4. Revise selected aspects of your course [e.g. syllabus, assignments, lesson plan, group projects, etc.] by applying concepts, strategies, and ideas that emerge from the collective expertise of our workshop community.

The workshop is intended for faculty and instructors who seek to create inclusive learning environments that successfully engage all students through intentional course design and teaching practices.

This workshop is offered by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance in partnership with the Center for Educational Innovation at the University of Minnesota.

What is Global-Diversity and why did we choose this term to frame the workshop?

Students from all over the world are in our classes, and they represent a wide range of diverse backgrounds, regardless of their nationalities. This is the global nature of student diversity.

By framing the diversity of our students from a global perspective, we, as teachers, can facilitate learning from a broader lens. How do we help our students begin to frame their own experiences as “cultural”? How do we encourage them to respect other students’ cultural experiences and backgrounds? How do we help our students to learn more from each other, across their differences?

We do not have definitive answers to these questions, but we find it productive to ponder them as we decide what we teach and how we teach.

Resource List

The following list of publications are foundational to the philosophy behind this workshop. Regardless of your past experiences in facilitating intercultural learning, we recommend that you begin exploring these resources prior to the workshop as you continue on the journey of developing your teaching practice and intercultural facilitation skills.

Kappler Mikk, B. & Bjarnadottir, T. (2017). Intercultural Facilitation. In B. Kappler Mikk & I.E. Steglitz (Eds.), Learning Across Cultures Locally and Globally (pp. 139-165). Washington, DC: NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Lee, A., Poch, R., O’Brien, M.K., & Solheim, C. (2017). Teaching Interculturally: A Framework for Integrating Disciplinary Knowledge and Intercultural Development. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

Lee, A., Poch, R., Shaw, M., Williams, R. (2012). Engaging Diversity in the Undergraduate Classrooms: A Pedagogy for Developing Intercultural Competence. ASHE Higher Education Report. Vol 38, Number 2

Mestenhauser (2015). On the Hologram of International Education. In R. Williams & A. Lee (Eds), Internationalizing Higher Education: Critical Collaborations Across the Curriculum (pp. 3-15). Rotterdam, NL: Sense Publishers.

Yefanova, D., Montgomery, M.L., Woodruff, G., Johnstone, C., & Kappler, B. (2017). Instructional practices facilitating cross-national interactions in the undergraduate classroom. Journal of International Students, 7(3), 786-805.

Woodruff, G.A., Martin, K., & O’Brien, M.K. (2015). Internationalizing teaching and learning: Transforming teachers, transforming students. In A. Lee & R. Williams (Eds.), Internationalizing Higher Education: Critical Collaborations Across the Curriculum (pp. 63-86). Rotterdam, NL: Sense Publishers.

Workshop Details


Wednesday, May 22, 2019
1:00-6:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 23, 2019
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 24, 2019
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


$500 General Registration
$250 UMN teaching faculty and instructors

We encourage you to consider registering with teams of 3 or more from your institution to promote collaboration and establish a learning community at your institution.

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For more information or with questions, please contact Ann Smith or Elizabeth Schwartz.