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Introducing the project

The purpose of this project is to develop an ICT enabled transnational network of universities to provide opportunities for domestic and international university students to engage in knowledge production and transfer in the field of education (ITKNe), in order for them to develop mutual respect and deep understanding of other knowledge traditions. This will result in international students being admitted to the local discussion and domestic students being admitted to the international discussion of education, resulting in graduates with the international perspectives needed to effectively teach in culturally diverse local and international contexts.

ITKNe will facilitate universities to form institutional partnerships for a particular teaching period, within which the learning activities will be offered jointly but assessment will be undertaken by the home institution.


What we aim to achieve

The project aims to embed learning modules into pre-service education degrees to meet the needs of both domestic and international students by enhancing their capacity to produce, transfer and engage with internationalising knowledge.

This will be achieved by a network of universities developing a shared learning framework for the delivery of sociology of education units based on the pedagogy of production, transfer and exchange of international knowledge between domestic and international, regional and urban students. The network will facilitate institutional pairing arrangements for course delivery and will be designed to allow new organisations to easily join and be sustainable after the end of the grant period.

During the course of the project potential new network members such as Australian and international universities and Australian and international professional teaching associations will be actively sought.

In the medium to longer term, this project also aims to:

  • expand the model learning design and resources to make it relevant for in-service teacher development as either professional development short courses or more formally through postgraduate studies; and
  • research the medium- and long-term impact of the program on graduates after one or two years of teaching practice.



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Support for this website has been provided by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Ltd, an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

The views expressed in the project do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.


News and announcements

  • Curriculum planning for Jul-Dec 2011 commenced 15 April, with negotiations and development ongoing until wrap up at the July roundtable
  • iTKNe trial classroom opened Monday 4 April 2011
  • First team meetings held by audioconference
  • Project Manager, Cathryn McCormack appointed March 2011-June 2011
  • Project Manager, Sue Watson commenced June 2011
  • iTKNe Retreat set down for Thursday 4th August 2011 at the ALTC Head Office, Surry Hills. All day retreat from 9.00am-5.00pm.