Global Course Connections “connects” a course offered on an Alliance campus in one country to a course offered on an Alliance campus in another country, providing the courses with an authentic international dimension they would not otherwise have. Globally connected courses need not be the same course or even from the same discipline; what matters is that the courses provide different national/cultural perspectives on one or more themes present in both courses. Planned classroom interactions as well as the unplanned, informal exchanges that occur make a difference in how students think about parts of the world that are very different from their own and about which they know little. This can be especially powerful when it leads to insights that challenge student misperceptions.
The instructors collaborate on the design of the course (common readings, viewings, and assignments; co-created lectures, and so on), and students and instructors collaborate on its execution (shared lectures, guest lectures, joint student projects, joint student presentations, and so on). The courses can be tightly coupled, working from a common syllabus with common readings and assignments, or they can be loosely coupled, connecting at a set of strategic points where the courses overlap. The courses can be new or adaptations of an existing course. Courses can use synchronous communication (e.g., shared class sessions, student-student videoconference sessions) and/or asynchronous communication (e.g., through email, forums in a learning management system, Dropbox, Google Drive, blogs, or Facebook Group sites).
Faculty members who have previously offered a Globally Connected Course are encouraged to submit a proposal to offer another connected course.
The sequence of steps to participate is as follows.
- List your course: To express interest in finding a course partner for your 2018-19 course, please provide a course description by completing the Course Description Google Form. Your course will appear on the course listing page, where you can find descriptions of other courses that are looking for a match.
- Find a course partner: Visit the course listing page to look for a match for your course. Remember, the two courses do not need to be the same; they need to overlap in ways that introducing connections adds an international dimension that gives value to both courses. When you find a course that looks promising as a match for your course, contact the instructor to discuss the possibilities for connecting your courses.
- Submit a Global Course Connection Proposal: Once you have identified a course partner, together you complete a Global Course Connection proposal and the Global Course Connections Information Table. Send the proposal and table to Simon Gray.
- Attend the summer workshop: Faculty members whose Global Course Connections proposal has been accepted are eligible to attend the summer Global Course Connection workshop to be held on the campus of American University in Bulgaria (Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria) June 29-July 1, 2019. Attending the workshop is not a requirement, but is highly recommended. Since space is limited, preference will be given to instructors who have not previously taught a Globally Connected Courses. Only course partners will be invited to the workshop; individual faculty members (e.g., half a course pair) cannot attend.
- Offer the course: Instructors who submit the proposal and complete a Globally Connected Course will receive a $250 stipend at the end of the term once they have completed a course experience survey.
For more information, contact Simon Gray, GLCA Program Officer for the Global Liberal Arts Alliance.