There are many definitions of global learning, but it can be described as “a critical analysis of and an engagement with complex, interdependent global systems and legacies (such as natural, physical, social, cultural, economic, and political) and their implications for people’s lives and the earth’s sustainability” (aacu.org). Although global learning has far reaching implications, students don’t always need to travel very far to have a learning experience that incorporates cultural diversity and allows them to gain global perspectives. As an instructor, you have the ability to facilitate global learning in the classroom.
Invite Guest Speakers
Inviting guests into your classroom allows you to bring the world right to your students. The use of video-conferencing tools like Zoom and Skype make it easy to communicate with international speakers, or speakers with unique global experiences – no plane tickets required!
Identify Your Outcomes
Global learning is a very broad topic so work with other instructors to develop your curriculum. Think about the specific things that you want your students to be able to do when they leave your course to identify your course goals, and outcomes.
- Association of American Colleges & Universities: Definitions of Global Learning
- Center for Instructional Excellence (Purdue University): Global Learning Faculty Teaching Tips (.pdf)
- Global Learning in the Classroom
- Libraries and School of Information Studies (Purdue University): Global Learning Guide: Best Practices and Teaching Tips
- Gibson et al (2008). Developing Global Awareness and Responsible Citizenship with Global Learning
- Hovland (2014). Global Learning: Defining, Designing, Demonstrating
- Hovland (2009). Global Learning: What is it? Who is Responsible for it?