Building preservice teachers’ intercultural understandings and technological capabilities through online cross-cultural school-university partnerships

This project, eTutor, aims to model a creative approach to internationalising teacher education curriculum.

Grants and funding: OLT Seed Grant

The approach it aims to model builds pre-service teachers’ capacity to teach interculturally through personal encounters with students from other cultures, facilitated by innovative use of information and communication technologies (ICT).

Pre-service teachers participating in a core 150 Bachelor of Education course in Semester 2, 2013, created a safe, supportive and inclusive online environment where over 300 local and international school students were engaged in challenging but achievable online curriculum projects. In the process, pre-service teachers and school students developed understandings about each other’s and their own cultures. All participants engaged in creating and sharing multimedia artefacts to represent their learning in their collaborative projects.

Key people


  • Dr Nicky Carr
  • Dr Richard Johnson
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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer