Purdue University's Passport to Intercultural Learning (PUPIL)
Purdue's new core curriculum includes among its foundational and embedded learning outcomes Human Cultures, Global Citizenship and Social Responsibility, and Intercultural Knowledge and Effectiveness. PUPIL is a tool to assist faculty and students in assessing and documenting the acquisition of these very important skills specific to Intercultural Knowledge and Effectiveness.
What is PUPIL?
PUPIL is “Purdue University's Passport to Intercultural Learning”, a specific application of Passport designed for students to document their Intercultural Learning. You can access PUPIL here (under "open groups").
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What is Passport?
Passport is a tool that instructors can use to create and award digital badges. Students may also independently document, reflect and provide evidence of their curricular and non-curricular intercultural learning assignments or activities. Students earn badges by completing challenges. The required work to complete each challenge is called a task, examples are: submitting documents, links to websites or media, and passing quizzes. Once students have successfully completed all of the tasks within a challenge, Passport automatically awards them a digital badge that can be shared online or published to their Mozilla Backpack.
What is Intercultural Learning?
A set of behaviors and attitudes that come together to enables the student to work effectively in cross cultural situations. It allows them to:
• Identify and articulate insights into their own cultural rules and biases
• Demonstrate understanding of other cultures in relation to history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, or beliefs and practices
• Identify and articulate their understanding of cultural differences in verbal and nonverbal communication
• Ask questions and seek information about other cultures
• Interact with culturally different others
Why should it matter to our students?
To be part of this global society, students must become global citizens. After finishing PUPIL’s challenges they will have a greater understanding of intercultural learning and during the process they will:
• Reflect on their openness to interacting with culturally different others
• Identify and reflect on their ability to ask questions and find answers about other cultures
• Identify and reflect on their own cultural rules, assumptions, and biases
• Demonstrate and reflect on their understanding of other cultures
• Identify and reflect on their intercultural experiences from one and more than one worldview
• Demonstrate and reflect on their understanding of cultural differences in verbal and nonverbal communication and skillfully negotiate a shared understanding based on those differences
• Demonstrate and reflect on the progress of their intercultural learning from the attitude level to the skill level They will also be able to “show what they know” to potential employers and work better with others
How many badges can students earn with PUPIL?
They can earn up to 6 specific knowledge, attitude or skills badges and a 7th capstone badge when completing all 6 specific badges.