Postgraduate taught 

Academic Practice MEd: Online distance learning

Intercultural Learning and Teaching in Higher Education EDUC51091

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Learning Enhancement and Acad Dev Service
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

Teaching at an international university like UofG entails designing, delivering and assessing learning for students from a variety of national, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. In line with the university's ambition to realise its values of integrity and respect, in this 10-credit course you will discuss and apply concepts of intercultural teaching in Higher Education. Intercultural teaching is a transformative practice that encourages a critical engagement with curriculum design and pedagogical practice and explores ways to make both more relevant and accessible to students from different cultures. This course will promote the development of intercultural teaching by introducing you to insights from intercultural pedagogy, global educational philosophies, collaborative online international learning (COIL) models and decolonising the curriculum literature and will support you in integrating these into your learning and teaching practice.


10 contact hours will be provided through synchronous online seminars and tutorials. These will be supported by asynchronous learning material and ongoing tutor support.  

Excluded Courses





1. Practical Activity (equivalent in effort to a 1000 word written piece):

Identify areas of your current practice where you would like to make changes informed by intercultural teaching approaches. Create a teaching portfolio of two artefacts by either designing in changes into existing learning activities/materials or construct new activities/materials (ILO2):

■ write a lesson plan

■ construct an assessment brief with feedback strategy

■ design a learning activity


2. Reflective Narrative (1000-1500 words):

The teaching portfolio should be accompanied by a commentary (500-750 words per artefact) that demonstrates your critical and reflective engagement with your practice as well as the scholarship and literature introduced in the course. The commentary should moreover provide a clear rationale for the proposed activities and a step-by-step plan on how you would carry them out. (ILO1 & ILO2)

Course Aims

This course aims to identify and overcome barriers preventing you from creating an internationally relevant and equitable curriculum and facilitate the development of intercultural teaching approaches to your learning content creation, curriculum design, classroom pedagogy as well as assessment and feedback practices.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


ILO 1: Critically reflect on your practice in relation to intercultural learning and teaching; and

ILO 2: Design learning activities and materials that are informed by intercultural pedagogy, global educational philosophies, collaborative online international learning (COIL) models and/or decolonising the curriculum insights.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.