Enhancing Higher Education Teaching and Learning Experiences Through International Collaboration

Conference: The European Conference on Education (ECE2022)
Title: Enhancing Higher Education Teaching and Learning Experiences Through International Collaboration
Stream: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Carinda Williams, North West University, South Africa
Clarise Mostert, North West University, South Africa
Marieta Jansen van Vuuren, North-West University, South Africa


The influence of international collaboration opportunities on student and lecturer experience in higher education is unmistakable. Not only do international collaboration projects provide the opportunity for internalisation, the improvement of cultural sensitivity and understanding, as well as problem-solving in culturally diverse teams. It also provides a reflection opportunity for lecturers on current lecturer teaching practices and how teaching practices can enhance students’ learning experiences. As a result, most higher education institutions are starting to include international project-based learning projects. This paper is based on an international teaching mobility project of a South African Higher Education Institution, that focuses on transforming university teaching, learning and research, which is in line with the National Framework for Enhancing Academics as university teachers. The project entailed that students from different international universities, in four different countries collaborate in a 24-hour cycle, implementing the design thinking process to complete a project. This paper outlines the international collaboration project, provides the background of the project, a reflection on the student and lecturer experiences, and concludes with an action plan to enhance students’ learning experiences with international collaboration projects.

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