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Monday-Tuesday, 20-21 May, 2013

As the lead institution in the EU-US Atlantis Excellence in Mobility programme “Cross-Cultural Training for US and EU students (CROCUS)”, Aston Business School hosted a conference for academics from the consortium partner institutions (Drexel University, San Diego State University and University of Mannheim Business School).

The aim of the conference was to share ideas and best practice about how to embed intercultural learning into the curriculum, with a view to each partner developing sustainable innovations which will last beyond the CROCUS project. The conference brought together faculty and promoted continuing collaboration between our institutions. Although the principal focus of this project was on student learning, the conference also gave rise to research initiatives and ideas for future joint funding.

Discussion topics included:

  • Using e-portfolios to integrate intercultural learning throughout the student experience

  • Developing specific courses for intercultural learning, such as the Crossing the Bridge module

  • Incorporating tools such as the Intercultural Development Inventory

  • Intercultural learning for students on the home campus

  • Developing the intercultural competence of teaching staff

Conference programme

Helen Higson – The journey towards intercultural competence: A personal reflection’

Session 1: Learning across cultures
Yves Guillaume – How to turn cultural dissimilarity into learning: An uncertainty reduction model’
Mei Zhong – ‘Instructional differences across cultures’

Session 2: The role of critical self-reflection                                                                                                               
Simone Schlichting-Artur – Enhancing global citizenship through critical self-reflection in on-and off-campus learning’
Uwe Napiersky, Joanne Lyubovnikova and Panos Vlachopoulos  – ‘Cultivating intercultural elegance and performance through reflexivity’

Session 3: The role of e-Portfolios
Jodi Cataline and Dana D’Angelo – The application of e-Portfolios on students’ engagement and learning’
Tanya Augsburg – Envisioning intercultural integrative learning with e-Portfolios’

Session 4: Assessing intercultural learning
Kathy Krentler – Assessing inter-cultural learning: Indirect methods and beyond’
Kathryn Ainsworth and Matthew Hall – ‘Issues and limitations in measuring intercultural learning’


Seminar: “Academic promotions based on learning and teaching”

Friday 8 March 2013, 2.15pm- 4pm

The Centre of Higher Education in Learning and Management (HELM) is hosting this topical seminar by Professor Jon Scott from Leicester University. The event is open to all, but you need to register your attendance. Please confirm your attendance by email. For more information, please contact Ilias G Basioudis.


Previous Seminars & Symposiums




23 March 2012

At the Project Directors’ Conference ‘Bilateral Cooperation with Industrialised Countries in Brussels, Dr Matthew Hall chaired the Business Studies, Management Science and Law workshop Key Components of the Respective Field of Study:How to Adapt to Regional/National/Global Needs and Differences?” and presented preliminary findings on the EU-funded project Excellence in Mobility: “Cross-cultural Training For US and EU students (CROCUS)”(presentation slides are available here). 

EU-US Atlantis Intercultural Competence Networking Event

21 November 2011

Under the auspices of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) and EU-US Atlantis student mobility programme, we had the pleasure of welcoming Dr Simone Schlichting-Artur (Drexel University) and hosting a networking event with the aim of sharing good practice and developing innovative approaches to mobility issues.
The event comprised a series of short presentations aiming to instigate discussion and closer collaboration between partner institutions.  All presentations are available below.

Welcome & Aston’s approach to intercultural competence framework – Professor Helen Higson, Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor, Aston University

Crossing the Bridge – Simone Schlichting-Artur, Assistant Department Head of Culture and Communication, Director of Modern Languages, Drexel

A critical review of training and assessment in intercultural competence: Key findings from the HEA BMAF study – Kathryn Ainsworth, MSc Programme Director and Matthew Hall, Director of International Relations, Aston Business School

Preparing global ready graduates - Lessons learnt from a course on global working - Yves Guillaume, Lecturer, Aston Business School

Culture and Communication at Aston: helping staff and students to learn with and from people of different backgrounds- Kate Parsons, Staff & Student Diversity & Wellbeing Manager, Aston University

Learning and Teaching Symposium – Exploring Inspirational Learning

March 2011

Catherine Foster: Placements and degree performance: Do placements lead to better marks, or do better students choose placements?
Anne Wheeler: Enhancing Employability Skills in Environmental Management Students through Learning Innovation 
Matthew Olczak & David Saal: Assessed Group Presentations in a Final Year Module
Kathryn Ainsworth: Teaching intercultural communication to postgraduate students in Aston Business School
Uwe Napiersky: Developing ‘Connect’ programme for MBA students
Matthew Olczak:  Evaluating the impact of a web-based resource on student learning
Odette Hutchinson: Using Motivational Techniques to Give and Receive Student Feedback
Josie Kelly: Old problem, new solution? Are Anti Plagiarism Software packages the answer to students’ academic misconduct?
Kai Liu & Helen Higson: Can Arts-based training enhance cultural competence?

Discussion on Inspirational Learning including Student Panel moderated by Elaine Clarke, Director Undergraduate Programmes                                                               

Learning and Teaching Symposium


The first Learning and Teaching Symposium took place on 18 March 2010.  To find out what it was about, see Programme and  Photos, as well as Presentations:

Learning and Teaching Update (CLIPP) by Anne Wheeler; Expectations and perceptions: the rhetoric and reality of the ABS Placement Programme – support service and placement year by Nicola Bullivant; Demonstrating Grademark by Odette Hutchinson;

Developing case studies as an online resource for Knowledge Management teaching by Matthew Hall; Use of Blackboard™ Grade Centre for Immediate Feedback by Helen Higson; Creating a positive learning environment for Non EU students by Helen Higson & Catherine Foster; Approaches to learning and self study materials in quantitative subjects by Gary Simpson; Intercultural Awareness Week - Managing International Students’ Expectations at Aston by Dashi Alpion; Project Cleo: Students Reading the News by Gary Simpson & Christopher Brewster; and It Takes Two to Tango:If You Want Students to Harness Culturally Diverse Syndicate Groups for Their Learning, Assure High Interdependence and Students Value Cultural Differences by Yves Guillaume.

Mark Palmer's presentation Me Inc: Self i-branding as resistance to the institutionalization of the academic labour process is not available.

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research