When we understand how culture may impact approaches to both teaching and learning, this section includes resources to support understanding classroom dynamics from different cultural perspectives and ways of engaging learners across diversity.
See also the section on Practices + Pedagogies / Pedagogies of Care and Open Pedagogy
NIC INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Recorded in June 2022, this panel conversation includes four international students from Dubai, India, Iran, and the United States, along with Nadine, Global Engagement Liaison in the Office of Global Engagement. Together we discuss what it’s been like for them, coming to live and study in Canada. The students talk about the challenges of arriving during the pandemic, differences in their study experiences prior to coming to Canada, and what they enjoy at NIC and in Canada.
- Minutes 9-14 – The discussion begins with exploring the differences between studying at NIC and their previous experiences, including the impact of COVID restrictions, and their appreciation of the grading system at NIC
- Minutes 14 to 22 – The students talk about some of their struggles in adapting (including to online learning), the implications of inconsistencies in online course presentation across courses, differences in provision of textbooks, and the value of peer tutors.
- Minutes 22 – 27 – Other differences discussed include how there is a good integration of theoretical and applied learning at NIC, how some students are unused to a ‘non-cohort’ model of learning, and how hard instructors work to support students based on their individual needs
- Minutes 28 – 35 – The students chatted about some of the differences in classroom dynamics, including why some students don’t ask questions and may participate differently to how instructors sometimes expect
In the final few minutes, the discussion turns to external stressors that impact some students’ ability to focus on their studies, including differences in climate, immigration concerns, and the stress of not being able to easily access healthcare.
Meet our international Students
In order to gain more of an idea of who our students are, in Fall 2021 we surveyed incoming students about:
- their beliefs / experiences about how they learn best
- what they hope to do after graduating from NIC
Our survey had a 38% response rate, which is impressive for an online survey and considering all the hurdles students had to navigate to get here. You can find the results of this survey in this PDF document: Meet Our New International Students Fall 2021
It’s also useful to know: Where are our International Students Fall 2021 This infographic also provides some suggestions for teaching strategies to support diverse students.
Eight Tips for Supporting International Students
Whether it’s your first time welcoming new international students into your class or you’re looking for something new to try, here are eight quick and easy tips for supporting new international students as they begin their studies here at NIC. Link to: NIC Eight Tips for Supporting International Students
If you’d like to chat about ideas specific to your class, please email Margaret at Margaret.Hearnden@nic.bc.ca