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Using the IDI with Students

There are many ways that educator IDI Qualified Administrators (QAs) use the IDI with students. IDI, LLC offers a student-specific Online Debrief Program that allows educators to utilize the IDI with students with ease by automating the Individual Debrief process.

 

Guidelines for Administering the IDI to Students Utilizing the Student Online IDI Debrief Program

  • Purchase IDI assessments + enrollment in the IDI Student Online Debrief Program for the number of students you wish to engage.
    • Note that to automate this process, IDI assessments + enrollments must be purchased together, and students' emails must be included.
  • If students' emails are included at the time of purchase, students will automatically receive an invitation to complete the IDI.

  • Once they have completed the IDI, they will automatically receive their Individual Profile Report and Intercultural Development Plan (IDP), plus access to complete the Online Debrief Program.

  • Instruct students to complete the Online Debrief Program (you may wish to include a due date). This program is a replacement for the Individual Debrief that is required to receive individual IDI results.

  • Have students complete their IDP.
    • You may wish to have students complete the IDP as part of the course requirements - this can be done in several ways. For example, you could have students turn in completed activities from the IDP as assignments. Alternately, you can have students complete parts of their IDP and turn in a reflection on the process rather than the actual IDP.
    • Please note that students should never be graded on the content of their IDP (e.g. their thoughts, feelings, beliefs, orientation); instead you may assess their engagement, completion, etc.

  • Optional: Incorporate other topics around diversity or other curriculum

  • Optional: Administer the IDI at the end of the course to see if there have been changes in IDI scores.

 

Guidelines for Administering the IDI to students without the Student Online Debrief Program 

  • Administer the IDI to students at the beginning of a course

  • Share the background and theory of the IDI, including the Intercultural Development Continuum (IDC)

  • Optional: Do a group debrief and share the group results with students in a Group Profile Report. This can be done in the same session as the background, or in a separate session.

  • Conduct individual debriefs with each student (this is where you will share each student's Individual Profile Report and IDP with them).

  • Have students complete their IDP.
    • You may wish to have students complete the IDP as part of the course requirements - this can be done in several ways. For example, you could have students turn in completed activities from the IDP as assignments. Alternately, you can have students complete parts of their IDP and turn in a reflection on the process rather than the actual IDP.
    • Please note that students should never be graded on the content of their IDP (e.g. their thoughts, feelings, beliefs, orientation); instead you may assess their engagement, completion, etc.

  • Optional: Incorporate other topics around diversity or other curriculum

  • Optional: Administer the IDI at the end of the course to see if there have been changes in IDI scores.

 

Here are some examples of assignments that have been used by educator QAs, following conducting IDI debriefs with students:

  • Students are expected to synthesize what they learned from the process of taking the IDI and then reflect on it in an intercultural growth paper. They are not assessed on their growth in intercultural competence, but in their depth of their understanding of what the data is telling them regarding their own development.

  • Students can write about implications of their IDI results for future development as it relates to their own career paths.

  • Students can complete reflections on completing the IDP (or parts of it). Students should not be rated on the content (i.e. their thoughts, beliefs, experiences, etc.) but rather on the thoroughness with which they complete the assignment.

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