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.

At the University of Utah, we define Global Learning as follows:  Global Learning is a process focused on students applying their diverse perspectives to collaboratively analyze and address complex issues, in local and global communities, that transcend borders. The goal is to prepare students to engage with and effectively contribute to addressing the grand challenges facing humanity and the planet that must be solved via worldwide collaboration.

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.

For more information and to participate in the Global and Intercultural Learning initiative at the U,
please contact Dr. Brian Gibson, Chief Global Officer, b.gibson@utah.edu