Course Design for Significant Learning

Dr. Christina Clarkson: Course Design for Significant Intercultural Learning

Dr. Clarkson describes how she used the course design for significant learning model to transform the course CVM 6013: Professional Development III - Applied Communication.

As a member of the University of Minnesota's Internationalizing Teaching and Learning faculty cohort program, which uses the "course design for significant learning" model to promote increased international, intercultural, and global learning in a variety of disciplines and academic levels, Clarkson chose to focus on the integration of intercultural communication competencies to better prepare her students for veterinary practice in increasingly diverse settings.

"What I hope the students take from this is a bigger understanding of themselves, deeper understanding that there are different perspectives out there, and also be able to link that to their profession," she says.  "It’s not going to mean anything to them if I just make them do something that has no meaning. I can see how this is absolutely critical to them being able to interact at a deeper level with their client."