Whether you've been a facilitator of intercultural learning, global learning, and/or DEI content for a long time or a short time, there is always something to be learned from our peers. But there isn't always time or money for a workshop or conference. 

The HubICL's PDZ is designed as a place for mentors to get some mentoring without having to travel or ask for funds. Offered on a variety of topics, several of the PDZ's self-learning modules were actually first presented as for-fee sessions at various conferences.

HubICL PDZ Basics

The PDZ makes professional development (PD) opportunities searchable by theme, level, audience, depth, breadth, cost, and prerequisites. And, when attendance is taken at events and shared in the HubICL, participants can see their completion of various learning opportunities show up in their HubICL profile.

PDZ Offerings

Self-learning modules offered in the HubICL's PDZ

PDZ Block 13: The Intercultural Pendulum Model: An Open-Access Self-Paced Learning Module

Instructor: Kris Acheson-Clair, PhD
In this self-learning module, learners will understand a new model for intercultural competence development using a pendulum metaphor, reflect on lived experiences interacting with diverse people and unfamiliar cultural environments, identify factors that cause overemphasis on cultural similarity or difference and strategize ways to more intentionally manage emotions, thinking, and behaviors.

An introduction to the Intercultural Pendulum Model:

PDZ Block 65: Centering Indigeneity in Education

Instructor: Katherine Yngve
This self-learning module will challenge learners to reflect upon the systems that exist within their own programs and institutions and consider ways to reframe around values, not (just) intellect.

An example of a educational system which centers indigeneity:

PDZ Block 72: Interculturally Competent U: The What, Why and How of Building Intercultural Competence in Higher Education
Tara Harvey, PhD
By participating in this self-learning module, learners will better understand how diversity, inclusion, and intercultural competence are related; the meaning of terms like culture, intercultural competence, intercultural development, intercultural learning, and more; intercultural learning as a developmental process; a framework to foster intercultural development; what an institution should focus on first when looking to build intercultural competence; and much more!
PDZ Block 89: Important Considerations for Intercultural Learning Tool Creation

Instructor: Annette Benson, MS
This self-learning module provides steps for incorporating artifacts of learning, learning outcomes, backward design, debriefing, and stage-based pedagogy into professional interculturalists' own adaptation and/or creation of intercultural learning tools.

An introduction to the course:


PDZ Block 90: Perspectives on Intersectionality
Instructor: Annette Benson, MS
In this self-learning module, learners are invited to read the ur-documents from whence the term intersecitonality originated, to reflect on their own responses to the original rhetoric of intersectionality scholars, and then to gather with a group of colleagues to discuss and critique this important topic.
PDZ Block 92: Recognizing and Addressing Microaggression

Instructor: Aparajita Jaiswal, PhD
This self-learning module discusses the concept and types of microaggressions, along with strategies for responding. After completing this module, learners will be able to understand the concept of microaggressions and their types, learn strategies to combat microaggressions, and analyze a situation and develop new strategies to encounter microaggression.

An introduction to the course:

PDZ Block 93: Four Scaffolded Experiential Activities for Engaging with Intersectionality

Instructor: Annette Benson, MS
The four activities presented in this module are intended to build upon one another in a scaffolded fashion. The theme which binds the four activities together is an emphasis on the interplay between the saliency of different facets of identity in various contexts. 

An introduction to the course:

PDZ Block 94: Do We Live in a Fair and Equitable Society? An Introduction to Social Justice

Instructor: Aparajita Jaiswal, PhD
In this self-learning module, learners are introduced to the concept and need for social justice, forms of social challenges, and strategies to mitigate such social challenges.

An introduction to the course:

PDZ Block 95: Coding Student Artifacts Using the AAC&U Intercultural Knowledge and Competence Rubric

Instructor: Daniel C. Jones, PhD
After completing this self-learning module, learners will be able to identify relevant qualitative data that can be coded using this coding process, select an appropriate approach for coding data, establish inter-rater reliability when coding data, use NVivo to code data, and apply the AAC&U Intercultural Knowledge and Competence VALUE Rubric to identify specific codes within data.

An introduction to the course:

PDZ Block 96: Facilitating Learning with Intercultural & DEI Outcomes
Instructor: Aletha Stahl, PhD
This self-learning module was created for learners who are new to facilitating intercultural and DEI* outcomes, or for learners who have wet feet but are curious to dive deeper. The content centers on the learner's own reflection and self-inquiry in dialogue with readings and videos from a range of perspectives on the topic of preparing for and guiding others through a learning experience.

An introduction to the course:

PDZ Block 97: Diving into Identity for Intercultural Learning

Instructors: Alankrita Chhikara, PhD; Stephanie Oudghiri, PhD; Araba A. Z. Osei-Tutu, Ph.D
Who are you? What do you value? The need for engaging in identity work cannot be overemphasized in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and intercultural learning. The task of bridging differences between cultures begins with knowing and owning one’s identity. For the first part of the module, you will engage in a cultural artifact activity, and for the second part you will learn about the cycle of socialization. 

An introduction to the course:

PDZ Block 99: Transformative Learning Theory 101 for Intercultural Mentors

Instructor: Kris Acheson-Clair, PhD
"Transformative" has become a buzz word in higher education, but what does that actually mean? What transforms, and how? What counts as transformative learning? How do we know transformation is actually occurring? This course will introduce higher education and other professionals, especially those working in the intercultural/international/DEI fields, to decades of research surrounding Transformative Learning (TL) Theory. Self-directed modules are structured in accessible chunks of information and engage participants in reflection about their own experiences both as learners and mentors.

An introduction to the course:


PDZ Block 101: Curriculum mapping: A tool for embedding learning outcomes across a degree program

Instructor: Katherine Yngve
A review or introduction to basic concepts of curriculum mapping at the institutional level

An introduction to the course:

PDZ Block 104: Unpacking Cultural Appropriation

Instructor: Kelsey Patton, MA
This module organizes resources for exploring cultural appropriation, encouraging both self-reflection and contextual application.

An introduction to the course:

PDZ Block 105: Embedding and Assessing Intercultural Activities on Openness in a World Language Classroom

Instructor: Tatjana Babic-Williams, PhD
This self-learning module focuses on intercultural openness in the context of world language instruction. The AAC&U Intercultural Knowledge and Competence VALUE Rubric defines openness as a willingness to “interact and develop relationships with culturally different others,” and the ability to “suspend judgment in valuing” such interactions. By intentionally including intercultural openness as a language learning outcome, educators will help learners to engage more meaningfully with the target language and culture and to communicate more effectively and appropriately across cultural differences.

An introduction to the course is at https://hubicl.org/courses/opennessinworldlanguage/opennessinworldlanguage/outline/welcome/welcome.


PDZ Block 106: Intercultural Instruction in the Virtual Context

Instructor: Daniel C. Jones, PhD
This self-learning module was originally a part of the Virtual Track of the Intercultural Pedagogy Grant Workshop Training Series. The four sections of this module pull from the asynchronous portion of the training and introduce foundational knowledge of the various contexts, approaches, and technologies useful in facilitating intercultural instruction in virtual contexts. In each section you’ll be asked to reflect upon ways you already approach virtual instruction, what advantages and challenges come with virtual instruction, and ways to leverage those advantages and address challenges. Along the way, you’ll be introduced to virtual tools and technology, as well as ways to structure your program for the most impact. Next, pulling from the synchronous training workshop, you’ll have an opportunity to listen in on a candid discussion of these topics by peers working to develop their own virtual curricula and programing. Finally, this module will provide additional resources grouped into helpful categories aimed at helping you find the resources and information you need to be successful in creating virtual instruction for intercultural learning. 

An introduction to the module:

PDZ Block 109: Unpacking Implicit Bias in Mentorship

Instructor: Aparajita Jaiswal, PhD
In this course, we will delve into the intricate aspects of mentorship, shedding light on implicit biases that may influence our interactions and decisions. Together, we'll navigate through insightful discussions, activities, and resources to enhance our understanding and create an inclusive and empowering mentorship environment.

An introduction to the topic:

PDZ Involvement

Promoting your own events in the PDZ

If you have an upcoming workshop or conference event that you would like publicized in the HubICL's PDZ, please send a link for the event, along with a biography of the speaker(s) and a photo of each instructor to cilmar@purdue.edu with HubICL PDZ in the subject line. We'll create a placeholder in the PDZ and then ask you to fill in the rest of the information, especially your learning outcomes and learning plan. We ask that you only promote activities in the HubICL for which you are willing to share your completion records, so we can list your conference or workshop in the HubICL members' profile.

Creating your own self-learning module(s) in the PDZ

CILMAR is also interested in including self-learning modules in the PDZ that our users have created and are willing to share with others. This is a good use for past presentations. Dig out those PowerPoints, add a voice over and don't forget to add some materials (such as your hand-outs) to provide opportuntities for adult learners to interact with the material. We currently use the Course template in the HubICL for creating the HubICL PDZ modules. Please see the links to PDZ modules created by CILMAR staff in the list above to gain ideas for creating your own PDZ modules.

When you are ready to begin creating your own self-learning modules, please send an email with HubICL PDZ in the subject line to cilmar@purdue.edu.

An added benefit

Contributors to the HubICL's PDZ receive the added benefit of having their conference, workshop, or module promoted through CILMAR's social media channels.

A big thank you!

A huge thank you to the intercultural leaders who inspired the creation of the HubICL's PDZ!

A meeting of intercultural learning leaders

Updated April 25, 2024