DMeetUp w/ Grant Douglas and Bastian Küntzel

4 September 2023
15:00 - 16:15 CET

Empowering Changemakers for a Better Society
Mass Customizing Learner Journeys in Higher Education

We are happy to usher in the new school year with our speakers Grant Douglas and Bastian Küntzel, with a fascinating presentation:

Empowering Changemakers for a Better Society: Mass Customizing Learner Journeys in Higher Education. This will be given on 4 September at 15:00 CET.

Starting with a quick “who’s a who” to get a feel for who is with us for the session we will open a discussion to explore the questions:

With what intention did you come to this workshop?
What frustrates you about how Learning is organized in your setting in this moment?
What would you like to see instead?
We will then have an introduction to the concept of the learner’s journey as described in Bastian’s book “The Learner’s Journey” before Grant explains how this concept has been implemented at IESEG School of Management where he works.

Bastian will then explain how to design a seminar using the learner’s journey as a guiding principle.

Participants will then be invited to reflect in small groups as to how they could implement the concept in their own teaching/training contexts. After sharing with the large group, we will wrap up and evaluate what the next steps might look like concretely.

Bastian Küntzel is qualified in Intercultural Communication and Adult Education and is currently doing extensive research on Identity and the impact of the pandemic border closures on cross-border identity and European identity. Bastian teaches at the University of Wroclaw and has taught also at the Ruhr University Bochum, University of Amsterdam and University of Mannheim. For the past 15 years, Bastian has run INCONTRO a boutique consultancy and training firm in Wroclaw whose clients include UNESCO, UNFPA, The European Commission and the Council of Europe; Google, Ikea, IBM, Daimler, Schaeffler; but also smaller local design firms and civil society organisations. He is the author of The Learner’s Journey and the creator of Learner Journey – the podcast.

Grant Douglas has been involved in international education and training in different capacities since 1991. He is a long-term expatriate who has lived and worked in France for over 35 years. He was in charge of the International Relations Service of different higher education institutes for 17 years. Since 2000, Grant has focused on the conception, organization and implementation of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development study and training programmes with an international and intercultural dimension. Grant is currently in charge of developing the intercultural communication/diversity management track at IESEG School of Management. He is co-director of ICIE (IESEG Center for Intercultural Engagement), vice-president of SIETAR France (Society for Intercultural Training, Education and Research) and a council member of IACCM (International Association of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management). Grant is also a long-standing member of the Global Community Dialogue on Leadership, Diversity and Change (GCD). In recent years Grant’s focus has moved more from a purely international/intercultural perspective to a more broadly diversity and inclusion perspective which is reflected in his participation in projects aimed at fostering more diversity and inclusion in higher education institutes and in making them zero tolerance of physical and verbal harassment.

SIETAR Members, watch for an email with the registration link.


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