A large part of my job is the creation of new teaching materials and methods. I enjoy it, but I'm noticing a few things:
Some international students struggle with my material, not because of the content tested, but because of the context. As an example, if I write a large computer programming problem that requires students to understand, say, the workings of a large North American supermarket first, and then understand how to write a program for one, some international students take considerable extra time to understand what is being asked. Once they get it they can write the code very easily.
I like to provide authentic examples as often as I can, and I feel that having information from non-North American sources would go a long way to provide a greater breadth of examples.
I'd like to foster relationships with educators around the world teaching similar things (math, programming, electric circuits, mainly). My hope is to better understand:
- How are instructional materials designed elsewhere in the world?
- What kinds of examples and methods can help my international students?
How can I expose my North-American students to a more global way of solving problems
I've reached out to a few universities but so far my strategy is to just send an email explaining my goals and wait. No one gets back to me.
What are some strategies I can use to start building these relationships? Are there any organizations/whatevers around that help with this sort of thing?
EDIT: I'm noticing some upvotes but not many solid answers (thanks to the one answerer though!). I feel that there might be some interest on this site for a discussion about exchanging information. If so, let me know in the comments. If there is enough interest I have no issue sharing my email address to get the conversation started offline.