Global Course Connections “connects” courses offered on Alliance campuses in different countries providing the courses with an authentic international dimension they would not otherwise have.
Globally connected courses need not be from the same discipline. What matters is that the international connection provides different perspectives on course topics and has students from different countries working collaboratively on those topics. Some of the richest course connections have been cross-disciplinary. Courses that meet a “global learning” graduation requirement are good candidates. The courses can be new or adaptations of an existing course (see below for courses offered in previous years).
Research shows that students in these courses make gains in intercultural understanding, and faculty benefit from the experience as well. Based on assessment of 500 students in Globally Connected Courses spanning 14 countries, The Wiley Handbook of Collaborative Online Learning and Global Engagement presents best practices for faculty developing Globally Connected Courses, including learning objectives, collaborative assignments, and logistical planning. The book’s co-editors Deirdre Johnston (Hope College) and Irene López (Kenyon College) created and facilitated the 2022 Global Course Connections workshop.
Steps to Participate
- List your course: To express interest in finding a course partner, please provide a course description by completing the Course Description Google Form. Your course will appear on the Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 Course Matching page.
- Find a course partner: Visit the Course Matching Pages to look for a match for your course. Remember, the two courses do not need to be the same; they just need to overlap in ways that connecting them provides an international dimension that adds value to both courses. When you find a course that looks promising as a match, contact the instructor to discuss the possibility of 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.
- Offer the course: Instructors whose proposal has been accepted and who complete a Globally Connected Course will receive a $250 stipend at the end of the term after they have completed a course experience survey.