Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsGreetings and welcome to our course on cultural intelligence or CQ. My name is Chuck Calahan, your lead educator. I facilitate and direct intercultural and diversity learning at Purdue University. We're pleased you've joined us to learn about developing your cultural intelligence. Your success in our global society is based on your ability to perceive and to adapt to diversity and to cultural differences. Cultural intelligence is a research-based model to quantify and to increase your capacity to function effectively with diverse others. Despite the fact cultural intelligence is academic and research-based, it is very easy to understand. All of us can improve our cultural intelligence. All of us make mistakes when dealing with diversity in others, even when we have high cultural intelligence.

Skip to 1 minute and 9 secondsNo one is perfect in managing cross-cultural interactions. The benefit to improving cultural intelligence is that we know who we are and what we believe. We are equally interested and invested in the learning about who others are and what they believe and practice. The basis of our course is built on three principles of learning. First, we will value telling and sharing our stories. We will tell our stories in this course. Second, social learning theory tells us to reflect and discuss our experiences and thoughts with each other. This oral reflection is critical in this course. We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting and discussing our learning experiences. We emphasize commenting and discussion in our time learning together.

Skip to 2 minutes and 0 secondsThe third principle is to celebrate success, so please mark the steps you successfully complete. Completing learning steps can be somewhat addictive in a positive way. If you upgrade to receiving a certificate of achievement, you will need to complete over 90% of the steps in this course. You may also wish to visit the cultural intelligence website and explore the resources and assessments available to you on that website. These resources and assessments will deepen your learning experience with cultural intelligence. This first week, we will get to know each other. We will explore an overview of cultural intelligence and investigate ten cultural values or dimensions. So again, welcome to our time learning together. Please go to step one.

Skip to 2 minutes and 49 secondsAnd let's get started by introducing ourselves, and getting to know a little bit more about each other.

Welcome and introduction

In this welcome video, Chuck Calahan, the Lead Educator, welcomes you to this course on Cultural Intelligence. He points out the focus of this course is to facilitate the development of your cultural intelligence or CQ.

This course benefits all of us who live, work, and interact with others who are different from us. Cultural intelligence applies to age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, physical or mental abilities, religion, politics, national origin, appearance, education, or national origin.

As we learn about cultural intelligence, please be accepting, respectful, and empathetic to others different from us. We practice these values when we treat others as they wish to be treated. Cultural intelligence gives us insight into what this may look like.

By the end of the course, you will learn about cultural value dimensions. You will understand how cultures are the same and different. You will reflect on your motivation to develop CQ. We will ask you to evaluate your abilities to adapt to diversity. In addition, you will increase your awareness and ability to plan for multicultural interactions. You will take the first steps to formulate a CQ personal development plan.

You may also wish to complete the Cultural Intelligence Assessment which is available for a fee. This CQ assessment gives you your specific CQ profile. Knowing your specific CQ profile will deepen your learning experience with cultural intelligence. To be very clear, the assessment on the Cultural Intelligence websites is not required for completion of this FutureLearn course.

We base your learning experience on social learning theory via storytelling, oral reflection, and discussion. You will then celebrate your achievements. So please join the discussions, tell your stories, and mark each step complete.

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Develop Your Cultural Intelligence

Purdue University

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