The heart of this resource is the World of PICT, where contributing instructors post brief course descriptions for consideration by fellow specialists and practitioners elsewhere in the world. Access to the World of PICT is granted on approval of an application (including an agreement to abide by the principles underlying PICT). The goal is to give pairs and groups of instructors the information and contacts they need so that they can rapidly and straightforwardly commence planning together to connect their courses. Some supporting material will be provided here in future: e.g., a select annotated bibliography; sample course outlines; best practices; examples of students’ projects undertaken in courses participating in PICT; a bulletin of announcements, news, events, and comments. We are engaged in evaluating the effectiveness of international collaborative teaching for students’ intercultural competency and general acquisition of academic and professional skills, no effort is made here to collect information about these or related topics.
We have not attempted to compile a full suite of resources to plan or deliver courses. Though we recommend the provision of live online lectures, we do not link to a particular application. Nor have we provided any evaluation of the courses that are proposed here. Though we look forward to providing support in various languages, for the time being all communication is in English. No mechanism is included for the resolution of disputes between collaborating instructors.
No fee is charged for the use of this resource, for the design and maintenance of which the PICT team at the University of Saskatchewan asserts its moral rights. No arrangement is made or expected for the official transfer of grades or credits. PICT does not provide transcripts or certification.
PICT is an initiatory way to take real steps toward international engagement in university teaching and learning. Participating faculty are expected to contribute equally to the planning of their shared teaching: curriculum, readings and materials, schedule, activities. Courses are shared without costs being assessed by either partner upon the other. Any readings or other copyrighted material are to be provided under the conditions of fair dealing within the copyright law of the countries in which the courses are located. Faculty are expected to have the scope to design and implement their course sharing within the fullest understanding of academic freedom. It is expected that collaborative teaching and learning produce ideal conditions for the development of intercultural competency.
A basic assumption of this project is its minimal demand on resources.
PICT is a cross-cultural teaching and learning model that offers an accessible form of internationalization to students, instructors and researchers. The model is based on the collaboration of two instructors from different institutions and cultural contexts who link their courses—and, by extension, their students—for a unit, a term or a school year.
“Especially in first-year courses, PICT offers students a doorway for international experiential learning. The contrast of instructors’ perspectives in the classroom can stimulate students’ interest in articulating and locating their own observations and interpretations,” -David Parkinson, Co-Founder. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
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