Internationalization Learning Day

Every year UBC holds an Internationalization Learning Day.

Internationalization Learning Day 2017

Internationalization Learning Day 2017 welcomed all UBC faculty, staff, and graduate students to discover how UBC is creating and supporting exceptional, globally-relevant learning experiences, across disciplines. ILD 2017 featured thought-provoking sessions that examined how diverse learning experiences benefit our students and dynamically inform our academic and support services in an ongoing, interactive process.
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Showcase Panel A: Responding to Global Issues

Moderated by Dr. Rickey Yada, Dean of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, this session will examine how degree programs and curricula in our faculties reflect and integrate global-mindedness in ways that are innovative and applicable. Panelists will describe transformative learning experiences that cross disciplinary, cultural, and geographical boundaries.
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Showcase Panel B: Curriculum Beyond the Content: Local and Global Impacts of International Experiential Learning

This panel, moderated by Dr. Stefania Burk, Associate Dean, Academic in the Faculty of Arts, will address the question: What is the value of international experiential learning, and how does it enable knowledge transfer across the local/global continuum? The panelists will discuss how experiential learning helps students integrate their academic education with relevant work or fieldwork experience in an international setting, and will consider the transformative impact of this learning model.
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Keynote Address by Dr. William Pinar

Dr. Pinar will provide three tentative interrelated commentaries on this educational question, one referencing elements of political thought in Canada, a second drawn from the controversies surrounding cosmopolitanism as an educational ideal, and a third that follows from his own SSHRCC-sponsored efforts to understand his specialization (curriculum studies) in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and South Africa. Drawing from these three, he will conclude with a reflection on the ever-shifting specificity of the question “why internationalization.”
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Facilitated Learning Dialogues: Who are Our 'International' Learners?

UBC is privileged to have a diverse ‘domestic’ and ‘international’ student population, which offers us all an exceptional opportunity to build meaningful relationships, respect, cultural understanding, and long-lasting friendships. Likewise, deep engagement between our learners and local communities is crucial in the learning journey towards engaged global citizenship. This session focuses on two key aspects that influence the ‘lived experiences’ of our learners across our campuses: What we are doing to engage with and leverage the diversity among our learners, and what are the assumptions we make when we engage with them in the classroom and on our campuses? In this facilitated dialogue, developed in collaboration with the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT), our speakers will shed light on how we are adapting to the learning and service needs of our learners in North America’s most international university.
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Closing Remarks by Dr. Murali Chandrashekaran

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Internationalization Learning Day 2016

On April 25, 2016 UBC held the second annual Internationalization Learning Day.  Colleagues from both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses joined together for a full day of programing in the new UBC Student Union Building. 

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Afternoon breakout sessions

Internationalization Learning Day 2015

On April 27, 2015 UBC held its inaugural Internationalization Learning Day on both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

Keynote Presentation: Comprehensive Internationalization by Professor John Hudzik (Michigan State University)


Access the slides from all of the other presentations at the Vancouver campus below.

Access the slides from the presentation at the Okanagan campus below.


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