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This talk will present findings from two pilot studies connected to a broader KAKEN-funded project exploring internationalization of curricula (IoC) in Japanese higher education in the era of the ‘New Normal’. The first pilot study examines the ideas of IoC among 11 EMI educators across a range of academic disciplines and universities, including perceived ‘blockers’ and ‘enablers’ of IoC at governmental, institutional, disciplinary, and personal levels. The second pilot study focuses on a particular form of IoC called Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL). COIL programs have been implemented with funding from the Japanese government at a number of universities since 2018, in partnership with counterpart institutions in the US. COIL as a form of virtual exchange differs in fundamental ways from traditional student mobility. It expands access to ‘international’ experience to more students, represents an important shift in internationalization policy for Japan, and has special relevance in the era of the ongoing pandemic. Initial findings from interviews with participants in COIL projects will be presented and critically discussed as well.
Dr. Christopher D. Hammond is a Project Associate Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Tokyo, Japan. He has a DPhil in Education from the University of Oxford (UK), an MA in Comparative Education from the UCL Institute of Education (UK) and a Master’s in Teaching from the University of Washington (US). Dr. Hammond has published a number of papers and book chapters on comparative and international higher education. He has over 14 years of work experience in the field, primarily at Japanese universities.
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