NICE Online Modules & NICE SLICC

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What are the NICE online modules?

There are seven modules that make up the online NICE platform. When you join the NICE programme, you’ll be put into a group with four other students from the partner universities and you’ll work through the modules together. You’ll learn about intercultural competence and entrepreneurship, concluding each module meeting up in a virtual meeting together with a staff facilitator to talk about what you’ve learned. You can see the landing page of the NICE online platform but you won’t be able to access any of the content.

The seven modules you’ll work through (and the time you’ll spend working through each module with your team) are:

  1. Introduction (1 week)

  2. Working as a team (1 week)

  3. Identifying entrepreneurial opportunities in your global challenge (2 weeks)

  4. Testing ideas (2 weeks)

  5. Asking for resources (2 weeks)

  6. Making decisions (2 weeks)

  7. Now then…did it work? (2 weeks)

Throughout the modules you’ll complete matching games, read practical theory, watch videos and answer key questions about the module content. You’ll also catch up with your team and facilitator each week to discuss the week’s activities as well as your thoughts on the things you’ve been learning.

Each module is broken down into eight distinct sections:

  • Themes & learning outcomes

  • Introduction

  • Warm-up

  • Advice & '“know-how”

  • Challenge

  • Team Assignment

  • Reflection

You can find out a little bit more by watching the video below and don’t forget, as you and your group work through the modules, you’ll also create your solution to your Global Challenge!

A 2019 participant in the NICE programme who attended the summer school in Dublin had this to say about the online modules:

“The online modules involved a lot a self-teaching through different mediums and a final discussion that was had once a week as a group… it was a really fun experience going to the summer school having completed the online modules with a whole new perspective on intercultural communication and the nuances involved. It was interesting actually being able to appreciate and utilise our cultural similarities and differences, while understanding why they are there, and how to embrace them in the ways the NICE online programme taught us to.”

Please keep in mind that to meet virtually with your team each week you’ll need access to a reliable high-speed internet connection and a device with a webcam and a microphone.

You will need to be able to commit to three to five hours per module and an additional hour to meet with your team and facilitator each week. You also need to be prepared to meet with your team virtually outside of the facilitated sessions to work on your Global Challenge idea. Please ensure that you can commit to this time, as your teammates will depend upon you, just as you will depend upon them, to succeed in this programme.

What is the NICE SLICC?

If you’re interested in getting academic credit for your participation in the NICE programme, you can complete a SLICC (Student-Led, Individually-Created Course)! Completing a SLICC will give you 10 ECTS credits from the University of Edinburgh. IMPORTANT: confirm directly with your university how these credits will transfer for you.

A SLICC is an independent learning project which allows you to set your own learning goals and to develop your reflective learning abilities. A NICE SLICC will provide you with a supported environment in which you can acquire new knowledge in the areas of intercultural competence and entrepreneurship while developing the reflective skills which will help you succeed in your international team and in your future career.

The University of Edinburgh’s NICE team has all the tools to support your progression through your SLICC. You’ll be assigned a SLICC tutor (an academic member of staff) who will help you through the reflective learning process and provide you with feedback so that you can continue to improve your skills. You’ll also have access to resources through the virtual learning environment PebblePad which will cover everything you need to know about completing the SLICC successfully.

If you’ve read over this page and still have questions, sign up for one of our online information sessions or get in touch with the team at goabroadprojects@ed.ac.uk.


How does it work?

There are four parts to a NICE team-based SLICC which are all completed within the virtual learning environment PebblePad. They are as follows:


Proposal (step 1)

You will write and submit a formal Proposal which:

  • Includes a title

  • describes the personal aims of your NICE learning experience

  • explains how you will demonstrate each of the five NICE SLICC learning outcomes

  • explains how you will actively reflect on your learning throughout the experience

  • doesn’t have an official word count (proposals are generally 600 to 900 words in length)

After submitting your proposal, your assigned tutor will either approve it or communicate the changes that need to be made before it can be accepted.


NICE team-based SLICC commences (step 2)

Once you proposal is accepted, you will ACTIVELY reflect as your experience progresses by:

  • collecting evidence

  • blogging once a week (less than 400 words)


Interim Reflective Report (Step 3)

You will complete an Interim Reflective Report which:

  • will not be assessed BUT your tutor will review it and provide feedback

  • will act as the first draft of your Final Reflective Report

  • doesn’t have an official word count (Interim Reflective Reports are generally 1500 to 2000 words in length)


Final Reflective Report (step 4)

You will complete a Final Reflective Report which will:

  • be assessed

  • incorporate the feedback you received from your Interim Reflective Report

  • be graded by NICE SLICC staff

  • receive feedback

  • be less than 3000 words in length


IMPORTANT: the mark for your Final Reflective Report will not be finalised until it has been reviewed by the University of Edinburgh in August 2020.

The above process is relatively straightforward and will be described in more detail once you begin the SLICC if you decide to participate the SLICC element of the NICE programme. We estimate that over the course of the NICE programme, if you complete a SLICC you will need to devote between three to five hours per week on average. Some weeks you may spend less time, but some weeks you may spend more. Please ensure that your existing academic workload will enable you to complete the SLICC successfully. If you would like to do the SLICC, you can indicate this on your programme application. You can find the application link on our How the project works & application page.