Learning to teach offshore: pre-departure training for lecturers in transnational programs

Ziguras, C and Gribble, C 2003, 'Learning to teach offshore: pre-departure training for lecturers in transnational programs', Higher Education Research and Development, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 205-216.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Learning to teach offshore: pre-departure training for lecturers in transnational programs
Author(s) Ziguras, C
Gribble, C
Year 2003
Journal name Higher Education Research and Development
Volume number 22
Issue number 2
Start page 205
End page 216
Total pages 11
Publisher Carfax Publishing
Abstract The internationalisation of higher education in Australia over the past two decades has brought about dramatic changes in Australian universities. Growing numbers of international students have enrolled in Australian universities and the number of students studying offshore has also increased dramatically. While considerable material has been published on the ramifications of the increased numbers of onshore international students studying at Australian universities, there is relatively little published research on the specific challenges facing academics participating in offshore programs. The aim of this project was to examine the current pre-departure cross-cultural training taking place in the business faculties of three Australian universities in order to gain a better understanding of the adequacy of the support given to Australian academics teaching offshore. Twenty staff involved in offshore education were interviewed as part of this project, including academics with considerable offshore teaching experience, senior academic managers and cross-cultural trainers. While these institutions engage in little formal preparation for offshore teaching, a great deal of informal mentoring and briefing is taking place. We consider the implications of the new quality assurance framework for Australian universities, which requires that institutions be able to demonstrate the ways in which they ensure the quality of teaching and learning. Under this new system, universities are bound by the Australian Vice Chancellors' Committee's guidelines for the provision of education to international students. It appears that Australian universities will need to establish more formal mechanisms to ensure that offshore staff are adequately prepared for offshore teaching posts.
Subject Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
DOI - identifier 10.1080/07294360304115
Copyright notice © 2003 HERDSA
ISSN 0729-4360
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