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Wednesday, June 22 • 11:15 - 12:15
CON01.02a - Knowledge sharing through international communities of practice

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The international cooperation project to be discussed in this session relates to a mobility partnership between researchers at the University College of Southeast Norway and Huron University College in Canada. The purpose of the project is to enhance the quality of education at each institution and to develop meaningful opportunities for students and faculty members to engage in short-term research opportunities and international mobility. The need for this project grew out of an increased understanding of the value international partnerships offer faculty, students, and staff. Additionally, it arose from the opportunity presented by the desire on the parts of both institutions to establish and grow meaningful and sustainable partnerships in order to increase student mobility, research, and institutional knowledge. The presentation will focus on the theme of community and global engagement, touching on the importance of engaging students in undergraduate research and experiential learning, ethical internationalization, and short-term research exchanges. What is unique about this program is our focus on collaboration at the outset, including the active desire to maintain open communication, and our belief in a model of having students, staff, and faculty engaged at every step of the process, including travel. This approach also allows for us to regularly check the outcomes and logistics of the project with those will be impacted by its continuation and growth. This presentation will outline how the project was developed, the key deliverables for the funding, and the way in which the project is being managed.

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Catharine Dishke Hondzel

Coordinator, Research and Learning Support, Huron University College at Western
Catharine Dishke Hondzel is the Coordinator, Research and Learning Support at Huron University College at Western University. Her research has examined the nature of learning, including classroom climate, cultural variations in creativity, and experiential learning as related to technology... Read More →
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Jennifer Robinson

Associate University Librarian, Western University
Jennifer Robinson is the Director of Library and Learning Services at Huron University College. She has spent the past 15 years working in various librarian roles at Western University.

Additional Authors

Jorunn Hegna

Jorunn Hegna is the Principal of Høgås skole, a primary school in Notodden, Norway. She has recently worked to establish a community of practice among the teaching staff. Hegna’s graduate research used a case study approach to examine the implementation of a new curriculum. Previously... Read More →

Marte Gulliksen

Marte Sørebø Gulliksen is a professor for the institute for making and materiality at the University College of Southeast Norway. She is the lead of the Embodied Making and Learning research group, and her research examines the role of culture and craft in education.

Wednesday June 22, 2016 11:15 - 12:15 EDT