Principles

A basic assumption of this project is its minimal demand on resources. PICT is a local, initiatory way to take real steps toward international engagement in university (as well as corporate/professional) teaching and learning. It is often located in the existing scholarly connections between individual researchers who are seeking a way to bring those connections into the classroom through collaborative teaching.

 

The University of Saskatchewan’s Mission, Vision, and Values contain and inform the more practical focus of the following elements.

 

Equity
•  based on equal contribution and shared the responsibility of participating faculty: co-development of curriculum, materials, schedule, structure.
Accessibility
•  no additional infrastructure required.
•  arises from the interests of the participating instructors.
•  no transfer of credits or additional tuition required.
•  no additional costs: use of open access texts or copyrighted texts under the conditions of fair dealing; use free apps to communicate and collaborate.
Autonomy
•  participating institutions retain full control of their own academic programs, schedules, tuition, registration, assignment of duties, evaluation of students, and evaluation of teaching.
•  collaboration fits within existing institutional/departmental structures, principles, and values.
Freedom of enquiry
•  instructors able to design, implement course within the understanding of academic freedom.
Cross-Cultural Inquiry
•  leads to the development of cultural awareness; sharing of cultural context and culturally-situated understandings; increased the sense of intercultural competency.

 

Note — Participation in PICT depends on the collaborating instructors’ agreement to abide by these principles.
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