From COIL to curriculum transformation in South Africa: How can curriculum decolonization operate in the third space in Global South-North collaborations?

Jos Beelen, Katherine Wimpenny, Cornelius Hagenmeier, Lynette Jones

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Abstract

This paper draws on the Erasmus+ project iKudu, which is aimed at building capacity for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) at five South African universities. As part of the project, these universities were asked to assess how online collaboration contributes to achieving their aims for internationalised curricula, using Appreciative Inquiry (Cooperrider, Whitney & Stavros, 2008). We will present the five South African self-assessments but also a comparison with self-assessments of the European project partners. The South African self-assessments were followed up by on line interviews with stakeholders, as an alternative for the originally planned site visits. We will present the expectations of stakeholders on the contribution of COIL practices to transformation of curricula, as outlined in Policy framework for internationalisation of higher education in South Africa (2017). Conceptualising the iKudu project enables us to define our focus on COIL. Extrapolating the role of COIL as a subtool for internationalisation of formal home curricula requires appreciation of the integration of existing curriculum transformation initiatives across the SA and European partners to discover the best of what exists. This includes awareness of strategies focused on curriculum decolonisation with focus on the roles of strategic leadership, COIL practitioners, and its impact on student/graduate experience - and to dream of what might be. Finally, it will also allow us to reflect on the value of Appreciative Inquiry in a South-North project.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAfrica Knows!
Subtitle of host publicationIt is time to decolonise minds
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2020
EventAfrica Knows!: It is time to decolonise minds - Leiden African Studies Assembly, Leiden, Netherlands
Duration: 2 Dec 20204 Dec 2020
https://www.africaknows.eu

Conference

ConferenceAfrica Knows!
CountryNetherlands
CityLeiden
Period2/12/204/12/20
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