Developing Cultural Intelligence: Designs for Higher Education Courses

Natesha L. Smith,* Student Affairs Administration, Binghamton University, USA


This paper presents the design of a course aimed at developing cultural intelligence among graduate students at an American university. Culturally relevant pedagogy is a frame for developing the cultural intelligence of students preparing for work as student affairs professionals. Student-centered in-class group learning activities primarily characterize the course format, which is further supported by synchronous and asynchronous online activities using the learning management system of Blackboard. Cultural intelligence development, expressed in the form of cognitive, metacognitive, behavioral, and motivational factors were evaluated using digital storytelling and environmental audit course projects.

Keyword: cultural intelligence, digital storytelling, student affairs, instructional design

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