Experience an activity that is especially valuable for fostering rapport among students from diverse cultural backgrounds. During this 30 minute webinar, we will model and discuss effective facilitation strategies for how you can help your students "find common ground".

The primary audience is faculty, instructors (including teaching assistants), and instructional staff who directly support teaching and learning. Those who are teaching or actively supporting the classroom experience this academic year will benefit the most, as we will be focusing on teaching practices and the ways that participants can apply these practices in their teaching.

This webinar falls under the following themes:

  • Support for group work: Supporting long-term or high stakes student groups
  • Inclusive learning communities: Integration, inclusion and community building in the classroom
  • Intercultural interaction: Developing important skills and attitudes


“I tried out many activities in [my class] in which I had ONLY international students. The finding common ground introduction immediately resulted in a good connection and atmosphere. All students listened to each other, showed respect, and really try to help get better. It was an amazing semester and it was definitely because of their engagement and involvement. The [ISAI] activities really helped. ” 2020 participant

This webinar is part of the International Student Academic Integration (ISAI) initiative. The International Student Academic Integration initiative is funded by the International Student Academic Services Fee and offered in partnership between the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance and the Center for Educational Innovation.

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Section Title
Finding Common Ground, A Community Building Activity
Online, instructor led
11:15AM to 11:45AM
Aug 20, 2024
Online (US Central Time)
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online (US Central Time)
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Non-University of Minnesota participants $50.00
UMN Faculty, Instructors, Teaching Staff $0.00
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