In 2015, an initiative at Coventry University was set up to develop global graduates. Academic staff within the Dietetics department established a link with a university in Malta following networking at a conference hosted in Malta the previous year. The aim was to integrate OIL into the current curriculum starting in the next academic year, from September 2015 running until June 2016. Four students from Malta University and four students from Coventry University were recruited to the project. Students worked collaboratively on three separate tasks throughout the academic year, coordinated and facilitated by University tutors. The tasks focused on a Public Health theme, with the learning outcomes aligned with a third year dietetics module at Coventry University and a third year nutrition module at Malta University.
The aim is that by the end of the project, students will have enhanced their communication and digital literacy skills through written communication and verbal communication through the use of skype. They will develop an understanding of the differences and similarities in culture, and the role of the dietitian in another country.
Students have the opportunity to:
Task 2: Discussion blog
Discussion of obesity and comparisons between two countries. Each group to focus on a different topic i.e. obesogenic environment, cultural attitude, reduction in active lifestyles, public health policy
Task 3: Solution focused public health campaign
Each group to develop a video using windows movie maker which presents and examines a solution to the issue discussed in task 2. This will include appraisal of evidence to support arguments.