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.
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.
- TBA, pre-proposal
At the University of Utah, global learning is a process focused on students:
- Gaining an understanding of the cultural lens through which they view the world
- Using their diverse perspectives and cultural lens to gain cultural empathy via collaboration
- Applying their intercultural skills and knowledge to collaboratively analyze and address complex, border-transcending issues, locally and globally.
The goal is to prepare students for a life-long process of expanding their cultural empathy and contributing to worldwide collaboration addressing the grand challenges facing humanity and the planet.
General Global Learning Outcomes:
- Developing Knowledge and Understanding: Students gain awareness of their own worldview as they interact with diverse others and knowledge of local, global, international, and intercultural issues, the connections between them, and the multiple viewpoints around these issues.
- Gaining Cultural Empathy: Students experience an expansion of their capacity to understand multiple cultural perspectives, including their own identity and values, as they collaborate with others to investigate and address issues pertaining to cultural complexities, environmental sustainability, geopolitical interdependence, inequities, and other topics with local and global implications.
- Active Engagement: Students apply their understanding of interconnected world issues, diverse perspectives, and expanded awareness of self and cultural diversity to collaborate with others in addressing community needs and developing equitable and sustainable solutions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the meeting invitations. For Fall 2021, we will resume our in-person luncheon meetings and also offer the opportunity to join the meetings virtually: Dates TBA
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 2022*** due to the Taft Nicholson Center remaining closed for the season.
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Global Learning Outcomes Rubrics:
- AAC&U Global Learning Rubric
- AAC&U Intercultural Knowledge Rubric
- AAC&U Course-level Student Learning Assessment Matrix
- AAC&U Global Learning Outcomes Planning Matrix
Making Global Learning Universal Podcast:
Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)/Virtual Exchange Resources:
- Stevens Initiative Funding:
- Stevens Initiative Resources:
- Recording of a Webinar on Virtual Exchange and Summer 2020:
Ideas and Resources: https://vimeo.com/403525067
- Making Global Learning Universal Podcast, Episode 6, Season 1:
- SUNY COIL Center:
- Annual International Virtual Exchange Conference (IVEC):
- Florida International University COIL information:
- YouTube COIL Explainer:
- COIL Consulting by Jon Rubin:
- Annual COIL/Virtual Exchange Leadership Institute:
- DePaul University Virtual Exchange Resources:
U Faculty Resources and Publications:
- Outcomes of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Global Learning Project at the University of Utah
- Global Learning Inspires College-Level Mathematics
- Annual AAC&U Global Learning Conference:
- 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: https://www.aacu.org/resources/global-learning/publications)
- 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. (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13600800801938721)
- 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.
- Education for Sustainable Development Goals: learning objectives. Paris: UNESCO, 2017. ISBN: 978-92-3-100209-0