Questionnaire for Internationalisation of the Curriculum (QIC)

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The purpose of the ‘Questionnaire on the Internationalisation of the Curriculum’ (QIC) is to stimulate reflection and discussion amongst teams of teaching staff about internationalisation of the curriculum in their PROGRAM

The QUIC should not be used to simply collect data, or to measure performance, but rather to stimulate discussion, and understanding, which are essential for the ‘Imagine’ phase of the IoC process. Three versions of the QIC have been developed following feedback from different disciplines that participated in the IoC in Action Fellowship and the Extension projects.

QIC1 contains many open-ended questions, which invite comments and reflection.

QIC1 (Abridged) is a modified version of QIC1. Containing just 10 essential open-ended questions, it was developed specifically to facilitate discussion, reflection and planning among time poor academics.

QIC2 invites individual members of the team to complete a survey via a five point Likert scale with little scope for written comments and reflections. When both QICs were trialed with a wide range of disciplines, it was found that QIC1 was preferred by those disciplinary teams, which take a more qualitative approach to research, while more quantitatively oriented disciplines tended to prefer QIC2

Disciplinary team leaders are advised to assess which version of the QIC is likely to resonate with their team before using them for the purpose of reflection and review.

QIC1, QIC1 (Abridged) and QIC2 can be transcribed into online survey formats such as Survey Monkey.

QIC1, QIC1 (Abridged) and QIC2 can be downloaded in Microsoft Word formats: QIC1QIC1 (Abridged) and QIC2
and PDF formats: QIC1QIC1 (Abridged) and QIC2.

For the purpose of the facilitated discussion, it is important that all members team involved in the discussion complete the questionnaire in the chosen format prior to the team meeting where the team’s individual and collective responses will be discussed.

Step 1. Identifying the team

This would generally be the group that teaches in the ‘core’ of the PROGRAM, or the COURSE COORDINATORS of the COURSES constituting the ACADEMIC MAJOR. Staff teaching on the PROGRAM with an interest in internationalisation could also be invited to join the review. You may also want to involve an academic or professional development lecturer with some expertise in internationalisation of the curriculum in your team at this point – as well as, or alternatively, at Step 3 and Step 4

Step 2. Completing the questionnaire

Individual team members should complete the questionnaire, on their own, as best they can. Team members should be advised that it is possible that the answers to individual questions will vary considerably across the team.

Step 3. Discussing the response

The team should come together soon after having completed the questionnaire. If using QIC1 (qualitative approach), team members should share their responses and discuss the rationales for their answers and any similarities and differences between them. This discussion can be facilitated by the PROGRAM Director or another trusted colleague with some knowledge in the area of internationalisation of the curriculum. It is useful to keep a summary of the key points – you may want to record the discussion or nominate a note-taker. If using QIC2, the results should be analysed by the PROGRAM director and/or facilitator and key findings identified. These can be presented to the whole PROGRAM team in order to provide them with a clear snapshot of current IoC strengths and gaps. As with QIC1, this analysis should be used to prompt discussion and reflection, before moving on to the ‘Imagine’ phase.



People behind the research

Betty Leask

Pro Vice Chancellor Teaching and Learning

La Trobe University

ALTC National Teaching Fellow: ‘Internationalisation of the Curriculum in Action’, awarded by the Australian Government 2010

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EDITOR IN CHIEF: Journal of Studies in International Education
HONORARY VISITING FELLOW: Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI) Università Cattolica del Sacre Cuore, Milan
WINNER: IEAA 2015 Excellence Award for Distinguished Contribution to International Education
WINNER: EAIE 2016 Tony Adams Award for Excellence in Research