Global Learning Resources

Integrating Global and Intercultural Learning
into the Curriculum

The term Global Learning refers to systematically integrating global and intercultural learning opportunities into the curriculum through the development of global learning outcomes and assessment. Global learning may also include learning abroad experiences that are integrated into the curriculum. Another term for global learning is ‘internationalizing the curriculum’. The focus is on teaching and student learning rather than content and extends across all disciplines and across entire curricula rather than an individual course.

Global learning is the process of diverse people collaboratively analyzing and addressing complex problems that transcend borders. - Landorf, H., & Doscher, S. P. (2015). Defining global learning at Florida International University. Diversity and Democracy.

The U’s mission statement includes: ‘… we engage local and global communities to promote education, health, and quality of life … ‘ The U strives to provide the most relevant education for students to successfully participate in a rapidly changing and increasingly connected global society. Therefore, it is imperative that we design curricula across all disciplines that will facilitate the development of skills, knowledge, and attitudes to equip them, as graduates, professionals, and citizens to fully engage in a globalized world, whether it is at a local, regional, national, or global level.

Global Learning Across the Disciplines (GLAD) Grant

The Office for Global Engagement (OGE) is offering grants of up to $2,500 for individual faculty to revise a course or develop a new course, or up to $10,000 for departmental/college or multi-disciplinary teams composed of a minimum of three faculty members to conduct a curriculum revision for a program of study, integrating global learning outcomes, class activities, and assessment as part of the Global Learning Across the Disciplines (GLAD) initiative at the University of Utah.

  • Friday, October 9, 2020, pre-proposal
  • Friday, February 12, 2021, pre-proposal

OGE, in collaboration with faculty members participating in the Faculty Learning Community on Global Learning, developed the following guiding principles for global learning at the U:

  • Universal: available to all students and not limited to a few
  • Moving beyond isolated and optional subjects, experiences, and activities
  • Inclusive: addresses and includes all forms of diversity and leverages students’ diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Focused on improving student learning and demonstrating defined learning outcomes
  • Transformative: a re-evaluation of one’s assumptions and actions which lead to new ways of thinking and doing
  • Shifting the emphasis from institutional accomplishments and inputs/outputs to student learning
  • Undertaking the process of integrating global learning in a planned and systematic manner rather than providing occasional references to intercultural and global knowledge
  • Providing student experience with, rather than their exposure to, difference
  • Collaborative: New knowledge is developed through the exchange and discussion of ideas, perspectives, experiences, etc. to address complex problems
  • Focused on examining one’s own beliefs, values, and assumptions.
  • Breaking down disciplinary boundaries requiring expertise from various disciplines to address real world problems
  • Allowing students to see themselves as agents of change who can work with others to positively shape present circumstances
  • Providing students with multiple opportunities to gain global competence throughout their education
  • Helping students understand the interrelatedness of the human experience

Guiding Principles (PDF)

The Faculty Learning Community on Global and Intercultural Learning (FLC GIL) is open to faculty and staff interested in presentations, discussions, and information sharing regarding GIL. The group meets once a month from noon to 1:30 during the academic year. If you are interested in joining the group, e-mail Dr. Sabine C. Klahr at to be added to the meeting invitations. For fall 2020, all meetings will be held virtually and meeting dates are as follows:


  • September 23, 12-1:30 pm Wednesday
  • October 22, 12-1:30 pm Thursday
  • November 20, 12-1:30 pm, Friday
  • December 1, 12-1:30 pm, Tuesday 

Register for the Forum on Global Learning in Utah Higher Education on March 20, 2020, 8 am – 6:30 pm, held at the University Guest House & Conference Center on the University of Utah campus. This one-day Forum is open to faculty, staff, and administrators at Utah higher education institutions interested in curriculum and program revision to integrate learning outcomes and assessment focused on global and intercultural competency.  Hosted by the Office for Global Engagement at the U and sponsored by the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA). The registration fee is $25 and includes workshops facilitated by national and local experts in global learning, networking, a light breakfast, lunch, and a closing reception. You may participate in the entire day or select activities as your schedule allows.

The Office for Global Engagement coordinates an annual retreat in early fall semester for U faculty and staff at the University of Utah Taft Nicholson Center in Centennial Valley, Montana. The retreat includes a series of workshops, discussions, and networking for U faculty and staff focused on curricular revision or other academic and/or student life programs revision to infuse global learning. The setting of the Taft Nicholson Center provides the ideal environment to focus on professional development and informal networking. Beyond the formal workshops and other professional development activities, participants have the opportunity to meet others at the U who are interested in integrating global learning into courses and programs, enjoy Red Rocks Wildlife Refuge, outdoor activities, and the peaceful setting of the Centennial Valley.

In 2020, there are two sessions: Sept. 3—6 and Sept. 10—13. These sessions are open to faculty, staff, and administrators from all Utah higher education institutions.

***Postponed to 2021***

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U Funding:

Global Learning Outcomes Rubrics:

Making Global Learning Universal Podcast:

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)/Virtual Exchange Resources:

U Faculty Resources and Publications:


American Council on Education:


  • Making Global Learning Universal: Promoting Inclusion and Success for All Students by Hilary Landorf, Stephanie Doscher, and Jaffus Hadrick; Stylus Publishing, LLC, 2018.
  • Global Learning: Defining, Designing, Demonstrating by Kevin Hovland, a joint NAFSA and AAC&U publication, 2014
  • Internationalizing the Curriculum by Betty Leask, Routledge, 2015
  • Global Learning Publications from AAC&U:
  • The SAGE Handbook of Intercultural Competence, Darla Deardorff (ed.), SAGE Publications, 2009.
  • Global Learning Through Difference: Considerations for Teaching, Learning, and the Internationalization of Higher Education by Hilary E. Kahn and Melanie Agnew; Journal of Studies in International Education, 2015, pp. 1-13
  • Internationalization-at-Home: Grounded practices to promote intercultural, international, and global learning by Hilary E. Kahn and Melanie Agnew; Metropolitan Universities: An International Forum, 25, 31-46.
  • Internationalizing the Curriculum: the Implementation Experience in a Faculty of Business and Economics by Glenda Crosling, Ron Edwards, and Bill Schroder; Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 30:2, 107-121. (
  • Internationalizing the Curriculum in the Disciplines: Imagining New Possibilities by Betty Leask; Journal of Studies in International Education, Volume: 17 issue: 2, page(s): 103-118.

For more information and to participate in the Global and Intercultural Learning initiative at the U, please contact Dr. Sabine C. Klahr, Associate Chief Global Officer,