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Best Practices for Globalizing a Course
1. Determine what global means to you
The definition of "global" can vary across or within disciplines. For the Global Citizens Project, global is defined broadly and best represented through What it is/What it isn't.
Global is about understanding how ideas, people, places, events, etc. affect each other. In other words, it is about connections and interrelationships.
The key term here is the word "only." Discussing nation-states may be important for many courses, but the Global Citizens Project strives to go beyond borders. Global encompasses different countries, but also different cultures and connections between different global dimensions. We like to say that just because your course content leaves the U.S. does not automatically make your course global, yet if your course content never leaves the U.S. it doesn't mean your course cannot be global.
2. Employ backwards design
Good course design begins with the end in mind, knowing exactly what you want your students to learn. Utilizing this education method means that your course is outcome-centered rather than topic-centered.
This idea is not suggesting that topics within a course do not matter. Rather, it means that outcomes (what you want students to be able to do by the end of the semester) drive the learning. Topics are used to support your outcomes.
3. Make it relevant
Provide students with opportunities to recognize how their everyday lives are connected with the rest of the world. Few would disagree that knowledge is desirable. However, if we do not push students beyond pure knowledge, we are doing them a disservice. Connecting students' everyday lives with the rest of the world encourages them to apply the knowledge they have obtained in various ways.
Synthesis and Practice are high-level objectives - not all courses will get students to either objective, and that's okay. Incorporating global components in your course is about moving students towards Synthesis and Practice.
Many disciplines are inherently global, yet it can be difficult to highlight your course's global competencies for students. The Global Citizens Project works with faculty from academic departments across campus on ways to highlight global competencies and showcase global content within their courses. Through this work, we have a collection of global assignments.
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