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Multicultural group work - how to make it work for you and your students

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Teaching and Learning | Basic teaching module

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Group work is great for applying knowledge and improving team skills, isn’t it? But academic teachers observe certain barriers and hindrances besides many synergetic and enriching aspects in learning behavior that impact the intended learning outcomes: Why do we see more of these hindrances in multicultural groups? Are your local students complaining that international students have no clue how to do tasks properly? Are they complaining that the international students are late for meetings or don’t contribute (as expected)? Do they fear to get lower grades?


On completion, participants should be able to

  • recognize cultural influences on group work,
  • identify strategies for integrating and supporting all students in such group work and learning settings,
  • evaluate assessment methods for their appropriateness,
  • discuss limitations and their consequences for one’s own teaching.


    This course will address these and other issues academic teachers observe in their lectures and seminars about diverse groups. We will outline strategies for integrating students from different backgrounds so that all – local and international students - will benefit.

    • Relevant cultural dimensions impacting group work like communication and conflict styles, attitudes towards leadership and risk-taking, relationship and task orientation
    • Decision criteria for using group work in a specific multicultural classroom
    • Aspects to be addressed in teambuilding including team formation and member selection
    • Assessment methods and their impact on diverse teams
    • Communicative and didactic strategies for academic teachers in multicultural learning groups


          Part 1: Virtual Interactive presentations, group discussions
          Part 2: awareness raising exercises, critical incident analysis, group work
          Max. number of participants: 16.


          The course will be held in two parts – the first part focuses on relevant background information and issues that participants want to raise, the second part at the beginning of the summer semester will apply these insights through awareness raising exercises, critical incident analysis and small group discussions.

          Course Number
          LM 13B
          Fri, 05.03.2021, 9:30am-12:30 (online)
          Fri, 23.04.2021, 9:30am-5:30pm (FH 1004)
          12 hours, 14 working units à 45 min
          including 1 hour ISIS/moodle excercise
          First day: Online Course. Participants receive login data by email prior the course.
          Second day: ZEWK, Fraunhoferstr. 33-36, R: FH 1004
          Videoconference. Participants who want to prepare prior the course are invited to visit our Praxisblog [1] and our Wiki [2].
          Prof. emer. Mag. Dr. Gabriele Abermann
          Course language
          For employees, assistant lectures, registered doctoral candidates at TU Berlin and junior scientists at HU, FU, Charité, the course is free of charge. If you do not belong to these groups of people, please contact wwb@zewk.tu-berlin.de [3] for information on fees.
          Course language English: good command of English to enable discussions and small group work.
          Participants are encouraged to bring along their own challenges with multicultural team work.

          Participants please keep a laptop/ PC with video and audio function or a webcam and headset ready.

          Assuming successful participation, you receive a certificate of attendance.
          Applicable for TU certificate for teaching and learning or TiE-BAC certificate.

          For registration, please fill in the provided form. In case of any questions regarding the course, please contact Dr. Monika Rummler [4].

          In case of any organizational questions please contact wwb@zewk.tu-berlin.de [5].


          Your binding participation is very important to us. On the one hand, our courses are connected with high costs. On the other hand, we plan much group work and work interactively with you. Hence, should you be unable to attend the entire course or should you be prevented from attending the course at all, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can allocate the place to other interested persons. In the event of multiple unexcused absence, we reserve the right to exclude you from further ZEWK courses.

          Please help us to develop our program in a targeted manner. Your data will not be disclosed to third parties.

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