Learning Shock

A Guide for Staff and Faculty

As numbers of international students increase within post-secondary institutions, learning shock or academic shock may be a prevalent phenomenon. Learning shock can occur among students when there is a notable change in the teaching or learning methods, depending on a change in geography, culture or situation (pandemic or war). You can learn more about what learning shock is, how learning and teaching methods can differ across cultures, how to support international students as they learn to navigate these changes and some resources to be better equip yourself.

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