Collaborative learning combines two key goals: Learning to work and solve problems in the company of others and sharpening one’s own understanding by listening seriously to the insights of others, especially those with different backgrounds and life experiences. There are opportunities to participate in collaborative learning in practically every class at USF but if you would like to take a deep dive into collaborative learning, the HIPUR office recommends Operation: Global Action.
Operation: Global Action (OGA) is a four-week virtual high impact practice learning experience focused on global issues. It is a non-traditional co-curricular experience, modeled after the Grand Challenges program at the University of Exeter with whom we have developed a partnership over the past three years. Through Operation: Global Action undergraduate student produce projects and participate in an interdisciplinary, immersive, and innovative experience, focused on global issues related to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. During the program, students choose a Challenge (global issue) based on their interests and join an inquiry group led by OGA Facilitator.
Operation: Global Action Summer 2023
In 2023, Operation: Global Action provided an opportunity for 13 global teams from USF and Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Columbia to to conduct problem-solving research and work in interdisciplinary teams to create proposals engaging with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Challenges related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Students who participated in the program are preparing to be global leaders by developing proposals for innovative products, ideas, and inventions related to the world’s most complex challenges. All students who completed the program earned a Global Innovator certificate. This year's cohort did an amazing job and we are so proud of each and every one of them!