Portable Intercultural Modules (PIM) 

Available only to Purdue users of Brightspace 

What are PIM?

CILMAR offers a number of Intercultural Learning Modules through Brightspace. These modules are designed as autonomous learning experiences that non-expert instructors and co-curricular facilitators can adopt and grade for completion only.

Each Portable Intercultural Module...

  • can be completed in 60-90 minutes (with one exception).
  • engages students with a range of activities, e.g., videos, surveys, quizzes, information gathering, interviews, reflections, etc.
  • includes a set of optional discussion questions to connect learning outcomes to the course or co-curricular experience and to the student’s future.
  • addresses and assesses learning outcomes generally drawn from the theoretical framework of the AACU Intercultural Knowledge and Competence VALUE Rubric (cultural self-awareness, curiosity, openness, cultural worldview frameworks, verbal and non-verbal communication) or from the AACU Global Learning VALUE Rubric (cultural diversity and personal and social responsibility).
  • targets undergraduate students, regardless of first language, national origin, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, sexuality, and ability (with one exception).

Foundations Modules

Foundations Modules provide the groundwork for intercultural development and are aimed at undergraduate students in their first or second year of college. Although each module can stand as a learning experience on its own, the group of five form a sequenced whole. When all five are assigned, students will be invited to complete a short survey and will receive a report on their level of expertise in cultural intelligence before and after completing the series. Foundations Modules also include badges, and students who earn all the badges will receive easy-to-incorporate resume language that communicates their intercultural growth and cultural intelligence to employers. Foundations Modules remain housed and managed in the original Brightspace course by CILMAR and its partners.

Table of PIM Foundations Modules
# Module Key Learning Outcomes Description
1 Motivation for Intercultural Growth Empathy Uses videos and a short research activity based on professional interests to introduce the concept of the learning zone coupled with elements of intercultural competence and why it is important for personal and professional satisfaction.
2 Learning About Your Own Cultural Self Self-Awareness Asks students to identify their own social and cultural categories and differences and reflect on how these affect their comfort level so that they understand themselves as beings shaped by culture.
3 Talking with People Across Cultural Differences Openness Teaches students about cultural differences and how cultural misunderstandings occur by asking them to interview people with dissimilar backgrounds.
4 Honing Intercultural Curiosity Curiosity Introduces the idea and practice of curiosity and asks students to choose either a new food or event experience and to watch and reflect on a movie. Because this includes watching a movie, the time to completion is 2.5-4 hours.
5 Cultural Comparisons Communication
Worldview Frameworks
Introduces cultural dimensions and different communication styles and asks students to apply their learning with short research projects in which they compare several cultural groups, including their own.

Portable Intercultural Modules

These modules are available to be exported or copied into other Brightspace courses. They are appropriate for learners at all levels.

Table of Portable Intercultural Modules
# Module Key Learning Outcomes Description Additional Notes
1 Understanding Accents Different from Your Own Communication Openness Helps learners understand why accents are different, take ownership for understanding accents in English that are different from their own, and practice their skills with these accents. Designed for anyone who operates in oral English, regardless of first language or mother tongue. Prepares students to understand TAs and instructors from around the world. This module focuses on listening skills, and parts of it would not serve a deaf audience.
2 Digging Deeper with Critical Reflection Self-Awareness Students are introduced to the “What? So What? Now what?” model of critical reflection and practice articulating the meaning of their experiences by writing a reflection and rating it for self-awareness and openness. This modules was used with all first-year students in College of Science in fall 2020.
3 Intercultural Collaboration Empathy Through the introduction of key cultural dimensions and differences in time orientation, helps students recognize that people approach the same issue with different perspectives and behaviors and consider how they accommodate these differences in a team setting. This modules was used with all first-year students in College of Science in fall 2020.
4 Teaming I: Self- and Other Awareness Self-Awareness
Presents differences related to communication, time orientation, and concepts of self and authority and asks students to identify their own patterns and preferences and consider how these might play out in teamwork. May be used alone or as part of a 2-part series on teaming. Available 2/01/2021.
5 Teaming II: Productive Conflict Cultural Diversity Responds to Conflict Introduces issues that often arise in teamwork and strategies for addressing these and for bridging differences. Students apply and practice what they have learned. May be used alone or as part of a 2-part series on teaming. Includes choice of case studies – health care, management, lab setting, web design.

Please contact Aletha Stahl, Senior Intercultural Learning Specialist, if you are interested in using the PIM or want to know more: stahl23@purdue.edu or (765) 494-8463.