Global Learning in Undergraduate Education

Decorative: A globe with a "Global Learning" banner around the equator


"Global Learning in the Undergraduate Curriculum: Preparing Students to Live and Work in an Interconnected World" (pdf) assesses"'what's working in higher education" in relation to "benchmark practices" concerning "the challenges of integrating global learning opportunities into the undergraduate curriculum."

  • The following topics are expounded in depth in the pdf, examining "Typical University Problems" and "Common Student Concerns" and outlining specific suggested practices.

A. Top Lessons from the Study (42 sub-points under the following headings)

1. "Global Learning in the Undergraduate Curriculum" (8 points)

  • "Traditional Levers of Undergraduate 'International Experience' Reaching the Few, Not the Many" (4 points)
  • "A More Inclusive Approach—Systematically Embedding Global Learning Throughout the Curriculum" (4 points)

3. "Engaging Faculty in Curriculum Reform" (15 points)

  • "Fix Faculty Incentives and Support First" (4 points)
  • "Aligning Institutional Incentives—Encouraging and Rewarding Faculty Participation in Global Learning" (4 points)
  • "Bridging the Expertise Gap—Providing Course Design and Teaching Technology Support to Elevate Faculty Practice" (7 points)

4. "Designing Opportunities to Maximize Student Participation" (19 points)

  • "Solve Students’ 'Either/Or' Conundrum by Embedding Global Learning in the Required Curriculum" (2 points)
  • "Infusing Global in All Disciplines—Embedding Global Content and Experiences in All Programs of Study" (4 points)
  • "Building Global into the Core—Expanding Access to Global Learning through Signature Programs" (5 points)
  • "Defining the Global Citizen—Moving Beyond Easy-to-Count Inputs to Assessing Student-Centered Outcomes" (5 points)
  • "Beyond Internationalization as Campaign—Advantaged Provost Roles for Ingraining Global Learning in Campus Culture" (3 points)

B. Two-Part Diagnostic Quiz: "Understanding Your Current State"

  • 21 questions in total
  • "Engaging Faculty in Curriculum Reform" (7 questions)
  • "Designing Opportunities to Maximize Student Participation" (14 questions)

C. Preparing Students to Live and Work in an Interconnected World

1. "Engaging Faculty in Curriculum Reform"

a. "Aligning Institutional Incentives"

  • Practice 1: "Outcomes-Focused International Travel Funds"
  • Practice 2: "Explicit Global Tenure and Promotion Guidelines"

b. "Bridging the Expertise Gap"

  • Practice 3: "Peer-to-Peer Cross-Disciplinary Course Redesign"
  • Practice 4: "Global Virtual Team Teaching"

2. "Designing Opportunities to Maximize Student Participation"

a. "Infusing Global in All Disciplines"

  • Practice 5: "Global Learning Certification Within Majors"
  • Practice 6: "Flexible Upper Division Global Requirement"

b. "Building Global into the Core"

  • Practice 7: "Signature Core Global Courses"
  • Practice 8: "Alternative Foreign Language Instruction"

c. "Defining the Global Citizen"

  • Practice 9: "Clear, Measurable Global Learning Outcomes"
  • Practice 10: "Multi-method Global Learning Assessment Plan"

D. Other Topics and Tools

  • "Meeting Demands for Global Competence"
  • A rubric for "A Maturity Model for Global Learning" based on Faculty, Curriculum, Students, Funding, and Strategic Plan -- each assessed against Individual Initiative, Small Group of Advocates, and Institutional Effort.
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