Intercultural Awareness Competence
Aston 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.