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Intercultural education grants target positive classroom experience
Posted Monday, December 12, 2011 1:00 PM
It is unsurprising that the National Survey of Student Engagement found that a positive classroom learning experience is significant to student recruitment and retention.

With nearly 10 per cent of U of M’s student population made up of international and Aboriginal students, it is becoming
important to recognize different pedagogical approaches in order to create that positive environment.

University Teaching Services (UTS) recognized this need as increasingly diverse students joined the CHET program (Certificate in Higher Education Teaching) and faculty began to express interest in developing culturally inclusive teaching strategies.

“Within UTS we discussed ways in which we could address the student/instructor educational needs given our university’s global demographics” says Erica Jung, UTS program administrator. Out of this discussion came the Intercultural Education Grants Program.

The grants are intended for the purposes of seed funding for new and innovative methods of incorporating intercultural aspects of teaching and learning. The grants are intended to faculty attention on intercultural aspects of teaching and learning to better meet the needs of an international student population.
The grants come at a time when there is national and global attention on promoting international education.

Last year, the Council of the Federation in Canada produced a document recognizing the benefits that international students bring to Canada and creating an international education marketing plan to increase the number of international students in Canada.

Similarly, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, whose mission statement is to “promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world,” created a report on education that provides countries with an array of comparable indicators on education systems. The report represents the consensus of professional thinking on how to measure the current state of education internationally.

All members of the U of M community with some form of teaching role are eligible to apply for the intercultural education grants.

Examples of areas that might be addressed include: curriculum design, development of intercultural teaching and learning materials (course syllabi, learning activities, service learning plans, major course assignments), incorporation of intercultural components into ongoing understanding and practice of teaching and learning, community based teaching and/or research that informs intercultural teaching and learning, investigation of disciplinary (or interdisciplinary) practices that foster/help create rich intercultural learning experiences and the investigation and application of intercultural teaching and learning assessment tools.

The deadline to submit is March 30, 2012.

For more information about UTS and the intercultural grants program visit the link below.


UTS Intercultural grants

• Intercultural education grants fund new and innovative methods of incorporating intercultural aspects in the classroom
• Grants will support intercultural teaching and learning projects across the disciplines
• Eligibility is open to members of the U of M teaching community
• Three grants of up to $1000 each will be awarded
• The submission deadline is March 30, 2012
• Project completion must be within the 2012-2013 academic year


Hey teachers!
Are you a visionary, an innovator, or a maverick? A rebel or an explorer? A challenger, creator, or defender? If so, UTS invites you to enter their annual teaching contest. Submit a 250 word narrative or 1 ½ minute video that begins “As a teacher, I am a _____” . All submissions will be entered for an iPad and the winner will be announced at the UTS Winterlude. Submission deadline is February 1, 2012.

For more information, or to submit, visit the link below.
For more information, contact:
Erica Jung
Program Admin Asst
Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning
Phone: (204) 474-7025
Related Links (Internal):
  •UTS contest
  •UTS intercultural grants
  •UTS website